The Right Path: 15 Wonderful Walkway Designs

From gravel to brick, bluestone to concrete, these gorgeous garden paths will take you where you want to go with your landscaping.

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  1. Stepping Stones


    Large stones laid over grass form a casual, comfortable walkway leading through this yard to the garage. Even for beginning DIYers, making a stepping-stone walkway like this is an easy weekend project.

  2. Brick


    Brick allows for many design options. This path is laid in a running bond pattern with a contrasting border, but basket-weave, herringbone, and stacked bond patterns are also excellent choices for a brick walkway.

  3. Pallet Wood


    Recycled pallet wood makes a rustic complement to this short garden walk between drive and yard. The spaces between boards allow vining plants to creep underfoot.

  4. Gray Gravel


    Gravel isn’t just for driveways. This extremely versatile material is available in myriad colors and sizes. Here, wooden railroad tie steps strike an elegant color contrast with the gray gravel stones.

  5. Bark Mulch


    Bark mulch is an affordable and DIY-friendly walkway material. This path, edged in round river stone, winds casually through a tulip-lined garden for a natural and unaffected look.

  6. Pavers


    Pavers can really dress up a garden and are an excellent choice for more formal areas. Though pricey relative to other materials, pavers require less maintenance and upkeep than many other options that cost less.

  7. Mosaic Pebble


    If you really want to blow out the budget, a mosaic pebble walkway will impress anyone who walks on it. A luxury housing trend, this type of path must be installed by a skilled artisan. Every one is a unique work of art.

  8. Bluestone


    Bluestone walkways have a classic and tidy appearance. Many pattern and color choices exist (in fact, some bluestone isn't even blue). In this yard, the stone's natural character gives earnest charm to the entryway.

  9. Stamped Concrete


    Concrete has so much more to offer now than it did in the past. These days, it can be colored and textured to look like many other types of stone or paving materials. This stamped concrete design has an undeniable warmth lacking in traditional floated concrete.

  10. Thyme


    The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden path.

  11. Tumbled Glass


    You can really let your walkway sparkle with tumbled glass mulch. Yes - that’s right! This recycled material comes in a wide array of colors, is long lasting, and never fades. The production process produces glass that has virtually no sharp edges. Truly unique, you’ll surely be the only one on your block with anything like it.

  12. Pavers & Lava Rocks


    Stock concrete pavers are inexpensive and readily available at most hardware and home supply stores. But they’re not visually exciting. Surround them in a cut-out bed with red lava rocks though, and they really make a statement. The colors of the rock and pavers work seamlessly with the brick and concrete steps and porch of this home. Nice work!

  13. Stenciled Concrete


    If you already have a concrete walkway that’s in decent shape, but it feels a little boring, consider giving it a makeover with painted stencils. Whether you want to elicit whimsy, or bring a bold graphic to the space, you can accomplish it with minimal time, effort, and money.

  14. Wood Slice


    A walkway made of wood slices is delightfully earthy and rustic. Just lay your slices out on a bed of sand and let nature take its course. With moss growing between the wood, it feels ancient and other-worldly.

  15. Bamboo


    Bamboo is one of the Earth’s most sustainable building materials. Laid in long rows, in alternating orientation, it makes a handsome and sophisticated walkway and entry for this modern home.

    Related: 5 Ways to Use Bamboo in Your Landscape

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