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Brick is the subway tile of outdoor spaces. It’s a classic, low-maintenance, goes-with-anything material, and there are almost endless configurations at your fingertips. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular option for everything from facades to outdoor fireplaces. Looking to carve out a safe, anti-slip pool deck or a dining area with old-world flair? That’s where these brick patio ideas come into play. Read on.

Spice It Up With a Pattern 

Here, a wide-set herringbone brick pathway draws the eye while simultaneously breaking up the swath of gravel. The red-orange clay also happens to pair well with the wood siding on the infrared sauna the bricks lead to.

Follow the Facade

Rather than start from scratch, use your house’s exterior as a guide, like Sean Ronnie Hill, founder of Rise Design Studio, and fashion designer Mallika Chaudhuri did at their London home. They went with the same distressed brick for the walls of Chaudhuri’s studio as the patio floor, then played with the arrangement. (The middle is a herringbone pattern, framed by horizontally stacked pavers.) An abundance of leafy plants and an electric blue door keeps things from looking too monotonous.

Mix and Match Sizes 

Photographer Elizabeth Messina’s patio design is defined by a  stuccoed barrier planted with Texas privet trees and multidimensional brick pavers. Her perfect formula: two sizes of squares and both vertical and horizontal rectangles.

Go With a Brick Look-alike

Brick is one of the oldest building materials, so it’s only fitting that we’re taking patio inspiration from an 18th-century Tuscan estate-turned-hotel and artist residency. A highlight of Villa Lena Tuscany is its spacious pool deck, where red ceramic tile gives the appearance of clay but a much smoother feel underfoot.

Keep It Natural

Rami Zeida’s Life House property in Nantucket leans into earthy materials, from the natural rattan pieces to the fringed canvas umbrellas to the metal firepit. Given that most brick is composed of clay minerals like kaolin and shale, everything works together, well, naturally.