Decorative brickwork techniques have evolved over centuries, offering an array of patterns and styles that transform a structure from ordinary to extraordinary.

Decorative brickwork can also be known as ‘Brick Bonding Patterns’. Various types are giving you endless possibilities when building a home or project.

Brick Bonding Patterns

Brick orientation refers to the positioning and alignment of bricks when laid in a wall or structure. The orientation of bricks can significantly impact the aesthetics, strength, and insulation properties of a building. Several common brick orientations are used in construction:

Stretcher Bond

 In stretcher bond, bricks are laid lengthwise (stretcher) along the wall, creating a simple, uniform pattern. This is one of the most common and simplest types of brickwork.

Header Bond

 In this pattern, the short end (header) of the brick faces outward. It's often used in corners or at the end of walls. While less common for entire walls, it is crucial for adding strength and providing a finished edge.

Flemish Bond

 In a more decorative style, the Flemish bond alternates headers and stretchers in each course, creating a pattern where each brick is centred on the joint of the course below.

English Bond

 This pattern alternates rows of stretchers and headers. English bond provides a strong and attractive pattern while distributing the load evenly across the wall.

Stack Bond

 In stack bond, bricks are stacked directly on top of one another in a uniform, vertical pattern. While visually appealing, it may not be as structurally strong as other patterns without additional reinforcement.

Herringbone Bond

Bricks are laid at angles to form a herringbone pattern, often seen in flooring and decorative walls. It is aesthetically pleasing and offers good strength.

The choice of brick orientation affects the appearance, strength, stability, and thermal properties of the construction.



Decorative brickwork offers a myriad of creative opportunities to architects and builders. It's not just about laying bricks; it's about creating art.

Whether it's a historical building adorned with traditional patterns or a modern structure displaying innovative designs, decorative brickwork is an essential element in the aesthetics of construction.

Next time you look at a building, take a moment to appreciate the craftsmanship and creativity behind its decorative brickwork – the artistry that makes every structure a unique piece of architecture.

These decorative techniques exemplify the fusion of functionality and artistic expression, making every brick a brushstroke in the canvas of construction.

We offer a vast range of bricks, blocks, and lintels that meet the needs of almost any construction project.

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If you would like more information on different brick types and patterns, feel free to contact us on 01938 556677 to enquire today.

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