There are lots of great options when it comes to decking, porch, and patio materials, from scraggly stone to real and engineered wood, tile, brick, and beyond. So, what sets brick apart? It’s more stain and slip-resistant than other affordable favorites like concrete and tile, it holds up in hot, dry heat better than wood (which can splinter!), and it ages more gracefully than just about any other foundational material. Just keep reading to see proof… Whether you’ve inherited a brick patio and aren’t sure how to style it or you’re researching the best materials for a new landscaping project, these brick patio ideas will help you out.
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This Spanish Colonial Revival was restored to perfection by Leigh Anne Muse and Lili O’Brien, including the 1934 swimming pool, which is enlivened by stunning boxwood parterres attributed to the late Richmond garden designer Charles Gillette. The surrounding brick is as classic as it is practical.
Outdoor living areas should feel comfortable and sheltered, like this space designed by landscape architect Edmund Hollander. Six plane trees give structure to the “dining room” with their straight trunks and spreading canopies. They create shade during the day, and at night, they’re strung with lights, and a brick island patio in the center of the lawn gives the furniture a strong foundation to sit on.
A corner fountain puts the finishing touches on this idyllic brick patio by Kingston Lafferty Design. Blue patio furniture breaks up the warmer tones from the exposed brick.
Designed by John Houshmand, this hacienda retreat in Mexico honors local design culture while also emphasizing the organic and natural desert environment, featuring Barragan-esque concrete, terracotta tiles, and exposed brick surfaces. Everything is also optimized for an indoor/outdoor experience, including this open-air dining patio. Vaulted brick ceilings elevate the space to a cathedral-like setting.
A brick pathway warms up the porch leading to Fitz Pullins’s front door. The stone retaining wall and fun pineapple-shaped sculptures in a corresponding material both pop and blend in, speaking to the blue-gray trim.
Alternating patterns bring intrigue to the brick patio and speak to the peach Sunbrella fabrics. Together they make this courtyard of a Palm Beach maisonette a cozy nesting spot. “Wicker is typical Palm Beach,” designer Mimi McMakin says. “And the new synthetics are a godsend.”
Here’s another outdoor hang area on Houshmand’s property that makes a strong case for using several different materials in one space. The brick retaining wall speaks to the warm golden cushions, wood tables, terracotta foundation, and bamboo overhang while the stone columns introduce a cooler tone for contrast.
What is now a beautiful patio used to be the parking area! Gary McBournie gave this saturated red brick patio a second life with a central sculpture and plenty of lush gardens. The red hue warms up the gray shingles and blue shutters on his Nantucket property.
If your brick patio is on the small side, you’ll want to make sure everything has a purpose and a strong sense of style. On this patio by Arent & Pyke, the round terrazzo pedestal table reflects the brick foundation while the built-in bench, and stools are all it takes to add a sense of style.
This Nashville house designed by Markham Roberts comes with a stunning patio ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in Black Knight and is surrounded by thick, tall bushes to enhance backyard privacy. The painted overhang dresses up the informal brick ground.
Twisty branches and flowering vines scale this pergola on Wendy Wurtzburger’s 1840 property, making the structure feel like it grew from the ground beneath it. The mossy brick ground contributes to the flow and proves that brick really only gets better with time.
The brick walkway speaks to the roofing materials used on this Palm Beach home designed by Phoebe Howard. Terracotta pots dot the stair landing for an extra pop of both red and green.
Brick is great for an indoor/outdoor breezeway. Designed by Rebecca Vizard, the pass-through room doubles as a flower-arranging studio and mudroom. Plus, the garden flowers pop against the gravel and tile path leading to the front door.
An eye-catching black and white tile design on the outdoor kitchen island modernizes the classic brick flooring. Studio Lifestyle also opted for black bar stools to bring the sharp monochrome tiles into the space further.
If you don’t want the brick floors stealing the design spotlight but also don’t want to rip them out and start fresh, just throw an outdoor area rug over them! Calais tiles from Granada Tile enliven the lanai and carry a Florida home’s profusion of blue and white outdoors.
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