Walkway Ideas and Designs: 70 Creative Ways to Welcome Your Guests
Walkways lead company to a welcoming home, meander through flower beds, and even provide passage through a yard. They also should mesh well with both your home’s architectural design and surrounding landscaping. Whether you are starting off with new landscaping designs, looking for inspiring ideas, or tearing up and starting over- you might as well take advantage of the thousands of available ideas rather than reinventing the wheel.
We’ve compiled a series of 70 different walkway ideas and designs below to put them all in one helpful place, and get your creative juices flowing.
Table of Contents
- 1. Picture Perfect
- 2. Concrete Etchings
- 3. Walking on Water
- 4. Colorful Creation
- 5. Dual Purpose
- 6. Do It Yourself
- 7. Dual Purpose II
- 8. Sectional Flagstones
- 9. Puzzle Pieces
- 10. Perfect Angles
- 11. Decorative Designs
- 12. Natural Placement
- 13. Simple Spaces
- 14. Latticed Paths
- 15. Going Down
- 16. Stone Stairway
- 17. Leading the Way
- 18. Hopscotch It
- 19. Mosaic
- 20. Framed Stepping Stones
- 21. Seeing Stars
- 22. Slate Sidewalk
- 23. Groundcover
- 24. Focal Point
- 25. Making Waves
- 26. Simple Circles
- 27. Detailed Decor
- 28. Sunny Shapes
- 29. Textural Design
- 30. Smooth Beach Walkway
- 31. Added Interest
- 32. Reclaimed Cookies
- 33. Floating Way
- 34. Mixed Media
- 35. Overlooking Pathway
- 36. Perfectly Placed
- 37. Matching Front Walk
- 38. Architectural Collage
- 39. Framed Walkways
- 40. Hidden Paths
- 41. Widened Walks
- 42. Zigzag
- 52. Manicured Paths
- 53. Broken Ways
- 54. Rounded Reflections
- 55. Stone Ways
- 56. Blooming Ideas
- 57. Perfect Pictures
- 58. Tiptoe Through the Tulips
- 59. Layered Looks
- 60. The Rock Garden
- 61. Prickly Perfection
- 62. Blissful Manicures
- 63. High Hedges
- 64. Shaped Shrubbery
- 65. Boxwood Borders
- 66. Shaped Symmetry
There is a seemingly endless supply of walkway material ideas available out there, and it seems anything that can create a path is fair game. Everything from timber wood, stamped concrete, brick design layouts, and natural stone are provided below to give you an idea of what your options are.
1. Picture Perfect
When working with concrete pavers, placing them in a less than perfect alignment brings further interest to your walking path. These light pavers are even spaced to allow a uniform slate rock to be patterned in between that mimic the surrounding landscape colors and patterns.
2. Concrete Etchings
Although these look much like a brick walkway, concrete can be stained and etched to mimic for favorite materials. This is a great way to keep your weeding to a minimum as you won’t have any little seeds making their way in between these bricks over time. Professional companies often have a variety of colors and designs for you to choose from if you decide to take the etching route.
Solid pond foundations provide perfect garden borders, as well as a place to create a unique walkway. This is definitely a design that requires quite a bit of advanced planning to make sure the pond is well sealed, and the walkway base is sturdy and in place before filling the pond. But the effect is stunning.
Etchings really can take on just about any idea you can think of, like this colorful stone walkway that is actually a well designed solid path. Concrete often provides a much less expensive option, not to mention the time you save in actually making it. Finding the stone, laying out the design, and grouting the spaces takes time and money. Leveling the walkway and pouring concrete before applying the design can often be more feasible.
Concrete border pavers don’t have to be used for flower bed boundaries. Get creative with their often fun, and curvy shapes and make them your own. These arching borders have been put to use as a walkway, complete with traffic friendly vegetation.
Get creative for a one of a kind walkway that incorporates river rock, colorful glass, pebbles, or anything else you can think of that you can press into wet concrete. This provides not only a fun walkway to travel upon, but a great conversation piece. If you have children this is a great way to get them involved as well.
Make your walkway look bigger than what it really is using pea gravel or river rock in conjunction with concrete pavers. Choose from a variety of colors to provide contrast and interest like these rust colored steps next to mixed lights of the rock. You can also match them to your garden border material to help complete the overall look.
Placing stone so it all fits together well is already a challenge, but doing so within consistently set boundaries is even more so. The effect is stunning however, such in these well bordered flagstone paths that lays out perfectly rectangular cut stones intermixed with the natural shapes of well placed stones.
Color matching across garden walls, gazebo construction, and walkways allows the simple landscaping to take a front row seat to aesthetic appeal. Laying out flagstone is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, and these well placed pieces provide a smooth path through the well kept surrounding gardens.
Take a walk on the wild side and instead of placing straight lines in perpendicular placements, put them at angles to one another. This is an unexpected look and provides more than just a walkway, but also a new visual focal point along your home and garden walls.
Mix and match stones and pavers to not only create an eclectic walkway, but a piece of art to compliment your landscaping. These swirls and color combinations are filled in with rocks of varying shapes and sizes to help provide a focal point. Fun to make and even more fun to look at!
A leveled, and well pieced walkway is always enjoyable to look at, but you can easily use these rock pavers in a more au natural fashion. Use them as stepping stones along an already existing mulched path, and allow their natural height and shape to provide depth and color to your garden.
Pea gravel is often difficult to walk through and also can get a bit boring when used in large amounts. Break up the monotony, and provide an easier stroll through the yard with some well placed stones. There is no need to fit hem together as the pea gravel will easily fill in those gaps, as well as provide contrasting differences.
These stone pavers are placed in a patterned design with in the lawn itself to provide a latticed effect. Although it does provide a rudimentary walkway, it serves as more of a part of the landscape itself and mimics the architectural materials used in the surrounding buildings.
Instead of a traditional stairway, place some oversized stones within a gently sloping hill to provide a way down, and up. This natural look doesn’t take away from the well manicured flowering shrubs, and also happens to give contrast to the soft ground moss used in lieu of grass.
Stone details are often used along meandering paths, but not often seen when a slope is involved. But stone can provide the perfect detail to a well shaped and planned out hillside staircase as seen in this case that incorporates long, shallow steps to guide your way.
This gravel walkway leads the way with unique, and well planned works of art throughout the garden that incorporates the walkway material into their design. This particular tree uses soft grasses and varied color rocks to define and lift it from the surrounding walkway. Surprise your company with similar pieces of art!
Children’s hopscotch boards alternate a one and two box design for hours of play. Using the same pattern you can create an interesting pathway that doubles as a fun, permanent place to play for your children. Set them right into your lawn for easy maintenance and further interest.
This mosaic of stones provides uniformity and a simplicity to your front walk. This can be achieved in a variety of ways using larger pieces of flagstone that you break and place back together, or you can even create the effect with concrete etching.
These unique stepping stones are well framed by a river rock pathway. This type of design really can serve a dual purpose and be more than a walkway, but also allow for good boundaries between garden beds and help keep weeds at bay.
Contrasting stone colors can be bought by the yard. A level sand foundation provides the perfect canvas to create your own designs and keep your ideas in place. Depending on placement using sand to fill in the gaps and then grout often sets the design and keeps it from movement, but concrete can also do the trick.
Natural slate is allowed to take on the texture and shape of its natural formation. Although it may not call for a completely level walkway, it is a fun way to bring interest to your yard.
These stones are set as to suggest they are rising from the their grassy surroundings rather than having been placed as such. Changing the perspective and way many materials are used can provide an entirely new look to your landscaping design.
By making the pathway large enough to make it the focal point, the surrounding lawn and garden beds compliment the choices you make in the walkway itself. For once let the landscaping reverse roles to provide a large space for entertaining and relaxation.
A large amount of detail went into sorting and designing this walkway that doubles as a work of art. Perfect for a seaside cottage or even within an urban garden, this path will most likely always serve as a topic of conversation.
Unexpected shapes and designs stand out amongst the more traditional materials used in this garden sidewalk. Detailed circular pavers mimic the shapes of the surrounding plants and blooming flowers throughout the growing season.
This incredibly detailed path is made up of thousands of small stones that give an impression of a welcoming rug rolled out to invite in visitors. This walk must have taken countless hours to complete but is complementary to the many hours taken in the surrounding gardens to complete the overall look.
The creators of this pathway took advantage of the natural shapes of the stones used to provide a mirror of the surrounding garden beds in both color and flower shapes. This converging of paths highlights a happy sunflower and makes the path’s visitors searching for more familiar shapes.
Wooden Walkway Ideas
Whether you live in the country or in the city, the many hues and texture natural wood lends to both rustic and contemporary design compliment almost any landscape or house architecture. Plus, they often blend in well with with the many wooden deck designs that exist.
Wild flower beds frame a well designed pathway interspersed with pebbles and weathered boards. This simple design looks as if it was accidentally uncovered from the tangled vegetation, but provides a leading walkway to a comfortable area to lounge within.
A brick seating area is provided access from a well designed wooden walkway through garden beds and leading over a symmetrical pond. Mixed bricks, greenery, and waterscapes are well framed by the planked paths through this comforting backyard.
Cookies, or the thin slices of wood taken as a cross cut of a tree trunk, add varied interest to many different projects you may have in mind around your yard. These particular cuts are being used as a walkway and provide an entirely new dimension to your garden space.
This unique design incorporates unusual media and materials to provide a backyard that will leave your guests talking. Stained and shaped wooden islands provide a pathway over a shallow pond, and incorporate well into the unique decking and stone garden bed borders.
Pebbles and planks lead you through a well landscaped backyard and provide detailed interest. How you use color and texture in your yard can be a part of more than just your flowerbed and lawn layout. You’ve already seen how pebbles can provide texture to your walkway although it doesn’t have to be anything large and overbearing. Smaller designs can be easily incorporated into wooden ways to highlight your artistic views.
This wooden porch doubles as a peaceful waterscape walkway. Bring a taste of a seaside resort to your own home with simple pond and plank architectural design. Raised garden beds provide vegetation that reflects upon the water and gives a peaceful, relaxing overlook.
This long path is flanked by grassy lawns and towering trees. The brick design takes you back in time and provides an old fashioned, eclectic feel to large, open spaces. This dark brick complements the surrounding yard in any season.
Brick and mortar is a popular building material and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Brick housing material is complimented nicely by a muted version along the front walk, and is reflected nicely in the horizontal lines created by the careful placement.
Brick architecture is reflected in the intricate collage of porch steps and garden borders. The rich reds and browns provide the perfect backdrop for the bright greens and colorful blooms seen amongst the carefully planted garden beds.
Nontraditional brick colors and shapes provide the perfect frame to concrete paving stones for a more interesting walkway. The uniformity of bricks is the perfect choice when consistency is an important aspect of your desired look.
A narrow brick path emerges from the lush vegetation to lead to a secluded, and private back porch. Walkways don’t have to be wide and inviting. This particular path provides a sense of mystery and intrigue, and happens to be a fun change from a traditional design.
Walkways don’t have to be straight and narrow. Widen out areas into patios, or as simple places to pause and view the surrounding landscape. Plus, variegated green vegetation looks brighter against the red tones of the brick.
Why lay your bricks out in a traditional manner when the rectangular shape can be patterned in so many ways? This chevron inspired design provides interest and a bright path amongst well shaped boxwood hedges.
Arched bamboo stalks allow for a play on light and shadow and provide an interesting and unique walkway within a garden. Weeping willows frame the exit of this particular path and allow the green brightness to seep in.
Wisteria is a quick growing, strong vine that needs a sturdy support, but allowing them to grow up and over a walkway provides a wondrous green and purple beauty to walk amongst when in bloom. This long path is covered by an abundance of wisteria and the shadows by night are well lighted by hanging lamps.
This simple timbered pergola provides a cool and welcoming path to the front door. Framed by large palms, privet hedges, and bright annuals that give depth and interest along the walk, the covered way is a perfect choice for otherwise bright and sunny climates.
Perfectly placed and pressed flagstone provides an almost seamless walk to the front stairway and walk. Often found in older styles homes, this landscaping mimics English country styles with well shaped hedges and meandering ivy groundcover.
Perfectly spaced stones meander through this landscaping that mirrors the shapes found throughout the ground plans. Circular plantings, garden beds, and groundcover are strategically placed to help bring unity to the overall effect.
Like perfect packages, these varied shapes of flagstone are placed just a bit off center and not quite similarly spaced to add interest and design. River rock rounds out the overall design to provide depth, texture, and interest as you meander along these paths.
Bright swirling designs and colors are incorporated naturally into these large slabs of flagstone to create a marbleized relief to a large pedestrian pathway. Unexpected colors and textures lend new effects and can be rather attractive in most landscaping design.
This specialized flagstone is laid out to mimic the effects of a ladder and even gives an illusion of shadows to provide a walkway that looks uneven. This interesting pathway is probably not what most people are aware of as being available as a design since we are often very used to a more plain, traditional look.
Stepping Stone Walkway Ideas
Step your way through the yard on fun, and colorful stepping stones. The sky truly is the limit when it comes to these types of stones as they can be customized and varied to fit any type of decor. Plus, they are an easy DIY project that often doesn’t take much time or skill to complete.
Well manicured paths use a uniform color to showcase both an open landscape design, and lead you to an inviting backyard. Like a stripe, the gray pebbled bath is marked by firm stepping stones and divides the lush lawn from a forested hillside.
Placing steps amongst pebbled paths is a popular design, but break up the monotony of the look by providing breaks amongst the stones, or even placing them in an uneven manner. This particular path uses this technique to give it a more natural, unplanned look.
The gentle curves of these stepping stones are reflected in the shapes of the natural garden border rocks, and carefully placed birdbath. This symmetry in shape allows a balance within the landscape design and provides an inviting feel as you walk along the paths.
Specialized rock patterned stepping stones give an illusion of soft, woven mats leading the way through a rocky path. Don’t settle for just plain pathways, but add in a bit of the unexpected with fun designs like these.
This simple path leads to an inviting firepit, and from above looks like a blooming flower. Have fun with your rock shapes and uses them in unexpected ways like this eclectic design.
Stepping stones don’t have to be detailed only by color and shape choices. Many come with designs of your choice, such as these blooming products that mimic your gardens during the warmer months. In the fall and winter their bright designs help cheer up the otherwise bleak landscape.
Walkway Landscaping Ideas
The landscaping surrounding your walkway can either complement, or be complemented by your walkway choices. Colors and textures provide varied contrasts and highlight the time you take within your yard.
Seasonal flowers line these long pathways to help brighten up your walks. Pink tulips start you out each spring followed by a medley of summer vegetation. Make your walks more interesting by providing fun and inviting aesthetics to help guide the way.
Stones frame this meander walk which in turn are highlighted by the sloping hills of surrounding flower beds in full bloom. Create large, layered flower beds with blooming annuals for color all summer long.
A true rock pathway is supported by a true rock garden complete with grasses breaking free of their borders and traffic friendly ground covers. Many of these choices are also drought friendly to ensure long lasting color through the growing season.
Xeriscaping is defined by simplicity and vegetation tolerant of dry conditions, This pathway is surrounded by a variety of colorful, and interesting vegetative choices that provide interest to an otherwise hot, dry garden bed.
Simple paths are often best highlighted by simple, well manicured surroundings. Soft circles and curves let the eye roam across this large front yard marked by pretty plantings.
These gardens are marked by an increase in height the further from the path you stray, creating a feel of a labyrinth. High hedges mark the boundaries of separated gardens with welcoming passages to new discoveries.
Keep your vegetation to a minimum, simple, and well shaped if you want your pathway focus to be upon the destination, and not the trip itself. Prettily shaped hedges are complimented nicely by colorful, natural looking bushes but still keep the eye moving along the direction you are headed.
A meandering grassy pathway is often best served by a low border of sorts. This garden uses vegetation as a border choice and keeps a well hedged boxwood as the perfect contrast to help mark both the path and garden beds for visiting guests.
Mirrored images are seen in almost every aspect of this landscaping design which is mimicked nicely in the stone pathway provided amongst the gardens. Incorporating your walkway choices into the actual plantings to help bring attention to their shapes is something you will want to plan in advance.
Walkway Lighting Ideas
Walkways aren’t just for the light of day. Electric and solar lighting pays compliment to all your hard work each evening as the sun sets, and helps you find your way by night. It also provides an ambiance to either walk through or sit back and enjoy after the sun has set.
This porch walkway hovers above a well lit pond and provides gentle nighttime lighting to lead the way. The reflective surface of the pond provides an even brighter path to view the surrounding landscape and enjoy the water below.
Outdoor lighting comes in a wide variety of choices to match your decor. These desk lamp style solar lights provide the perfect walkway illumination to help lead the way along a well manicured lawn.
Tall buildings and delicate bamboo line this gravel walkway through an urban alley. Well placed floodlights cast delicate shadows across the pathway, and oval shaped and lite lanterns look like they are floating alongside the paths.
These unique solar lights provide a soft, calming glow along a graceful gravel path. Simple flowerbeds are kept within their borders by complementary rock borders that help provide a gentle slope through the evening glow.
Can You Pick Just One?
Whether you are looking for a walkway idea for a pathway to your front porch, or a meandering walk through your yard and garden, these many ideas are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Hopefully you’ve found a choice (or ten) amongst the many provided to get you started on a walkway designing journey.
Which designs can you not wait to incorporate into your plans? Please comments and share your ideas below. And as always, please share!