Every year, design firms and blogs in all fields release their predictions and favored trends for the year ahead, and when it comes to outdoor spaces, it’s no different. Many people tend to think of hardscaping, for residential homes as well as for commercial properties, as purely functional, but there’s actually a wide array of options you can choose to add loads of aesthetic value—as well as monetary value—to your property. The masonry pattern you use for your patio, retaining wall, pool surround or outdoor kitchen is one of the options with the highest impact. Below, we list some of our favorite up-and-coming patterns for masonry in Kansas City, MO in 2018.
Herringbone—in which rectangular forms, often brick, meet up in a zigzag pattern that nevertheless remains simple—is an extremely classic pattern that has been getting a big revival lately. Though not appropriate for every type of outdoor space, it instantly adds several levels of sophistication. We especially recommend using it in a subtle neutral palette or sticking with just one shade to keep its subtle impact from becoming busy.
The basketweave pattern, where two or more pavers or tiles are stacked vertically on an equal amount of pavers or tiles laid horizontally, is named for the traditional method of basket weaving its image mimics. It imparts a similar amount of timeless coziness as the product it’s named for, and is a great look for instantly making guests feel comfortable, while still conveying a strong sense of intentional design.
The stacked look, in which bricks, pavers or tiles are stacked uniformly, may look uninspired at first glance, but it’s actually a high impact statement that can really be kicked up a notch when you use colorful tiles or uniquely sized pavers. There are some who refer to this general aesthetic as “‘old high school locker room,” but 2018’s versions are a fresh and modern take on that simple, repeating pattern.
Running bond, or subway
With the surge of classic “subway tile” being used in every size, color and variation imaginable in every area of the home in recent years, it’s no wonder this pattern has made its way outdoors. Running bond—a pattern in which bricks, pavers or tile are laid horizontally, with each row set halfway across the one below—is a nod to what is actually a very old pattern, despite how trend-forward it seems now, ensuring that your patio will still be in style for years to come.
Professional masonry in Kansas City, MO
When it comes to the pattern of your masonry project, you won’t find better quality in materials, design and craftsmanship than at MSE Hardscapes LLC. We’ve been in the masonry business since 2004, meeting all of your design, installation and even maintenance needs. For the biggest aesthetic impact and the best value, whether for a residential or commercial project, give us a call today to get your free estimate and consultation. We look forward to working with you!