23 Flagstone Patio Ideas – Have an Antique Looking Patio That Will Last Forever

By: Summer Hirst |

If you’re a social animal, you must love holding pool parties and barbeques with friends. And for this, you must have a good looking outdoor area. You just can’t enjoy a good BBQ steak over shoddy looking flooring because that just kills the vibe.

While there are a number of ways in which you can spruce up your patio flooring, using flagstones gives it a unique and antique look. If you like wild and rustic looks, you’ll love flagstone.

Flagstone paving uses large flat rocks (that could be sandstone, limestone, or slate, etc.) that give a warm and welcoming feeling. Let’s disācuss some flagstone patio ideas for exciting backyard get-togethers.

Get Lost in the Wonderland

Get Lost in the Wonderland
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Get lost in the magical kingdom of hearts with a backyard that looks like it came straight from Alice in Wonderland. A rocky fountain in the middle of the backyard makes it look even more antique and enchanting. Plant a few plants around it to make it look more country-like.

Pebbles around flagstones give it a more charming look. The circular path around the fountain adds to the richness of the place. The best part of this paving is that it’s easy to do and doesn’t need a lot of resources.

Visit the Secret Garden

Visit the Secret Garden
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Set up a few chairs around a table in the middle of trees to create a secret garden look. Only a few privileged can sit in these chairs and bask in the glory of an enchanted kingdom. The flagstone patio is lined with grass to give a more natural feeling.

Of course, when there’s grass, it will need more maintenance as you’ll have to trim it once a week. However, in return, you’ll get an awesome jungle-like look that houses a garden nobody knows about – only you and your loved ones will have access to it.

Build a Stone Seating Area

Build a Stone Seating Area
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Why limit flagstones to flooring? Create an entire seating space with flagstone. While it’s not the most comfortable, it gives a wild jungle-like appeal. An ideal place for a summertime get together when you want to enjoy a BBQ roast and a couple of beers with your friends, this place gives the appeal of wilderness as well as serenity.

Also ideal for kids’ parties, this stone seating is the perfect way to utilize the leftover flagstones once you’re done with the flooring. Stone seating will get uncomfortably cold in winters so you’ll need to use some regular chairs as well.

Create a Backyard Fireplace

Create a Backyard Fireplace
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There aren’t many things that come close to the romantic appeal of a fireplace. And that appeal is increased even more when it’s in the open. This fireplace made of flagstone is great not just for romantic evenings but also for a campfire night with kids.

Bring out some marshmallows and it’s the perfect nighttime experience, telling them funny stories under the starry sky (or an overcast one for horror stories) while being safe in your own backyard. It’s also the ideal place to share a couple of beers with your buddies while talking about your old school days.

Place Some Grandpa Chairs in the Patio

Place Some Grandpa Chairs in the Patio
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There’s nothing quite like soaking up the morning sun on a Sunday morning. Place a couple of grandpa chairs on the patio and lounging away the entire morning, being nothing but lazy. And the whole setup is so amazing with natural flagstone flooring with grass growing between them that you don’t even need anything for entertainment.

With old wooden comfortable chairs and a flagstone patio with flowers growing around you, switch off your phone for a while (or put it in Zen mode) while you hit the snooze button of your body and enjoy the tranquility that’s available to you right in your own backyard.

Make it a Neat Flagstone Patio

Make it a Neat Flagstone Patio
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Flagstone is generally used in patios so it can give a rough and rustic appeal. But if you like neatness in everything you do, you can get a properly arranged and immaculate patio with flagstones. Check out this patio that’s made with flagstone and yet has neatly defined lines.

The stones are properly grouted to maintain a neat and tidy look. There’s a seating area on the patio where you can hold a small party with your close friends. The lawn begins where the flagstone ends and there’s no grass in between the stones so while it loses its wild touch, it’s easier to maintain.

Make It Colorful

Make It Colorful
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Flagstone doesn’t mean you have to stick to a single-colored stone. Since flagstones are available in several colors, you can combine them and create a colorful patio. But keep in mind that these are natural stone so you won’t exactly get bright neon colors. 

However, flagstones are available in yellowish tints, reddish-brown colors, and grey shades. You can combine a number of them to give a colorful look to your patio.

Here, the stones are arranged to give it a sunflower look, which is making the patio even more attractive.

Create an Attractive River or Lake View

Create an Attractive River or Lake View
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If your home is on the bank of a lake or a river, you can create a serene seating area where you can enjoy the view and hear the calm sounds of water. And where there’s water and greenery, there are going to be a lot of birds.

If you like observing nature in its true beauty, a flagstone outdoor seating area will be a perfect choice. They even have a small fireplace in the center where you can sit and enjoy during the night. If your home is next to a water body, this is the perfect way to take advantage of the location.

Build a Flagstone Cabin

Build a Flagstone Cabin
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Build a small flagstone wall and use tall grass creatively to build a flagstone cabin that’s partially hidden from the general view. This can be an exciting getaway from everyday chores and daily activities. 

Depending on the level of privacy you need, you can grow the right kind of shrubbery or even trees. The flagstone patio cabin is perfect for some alone time when you want to collect your thoughts. Perfect for thinkers, writers, and artists, a flagstone cabin can be the best retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Make It the Perfect Family Place

Make It the Perfect Family Place
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Flagstone patios are ideal for a family guy (or a family girl). Make it colorful by placing different colored chairs on the patio. And make it comfortable by placing soft and fluffy cushions on them.

A barbeque placed in the back shows that it’s the ideal party place where the family enjoys steaks and ribs with friends. A lounge chair is ideal for soaking in some sun on a nice and sunny day. If you have pets, a large backyard is a blessing where they can run and play around.

Create a Flagstone Patio for Outdoor Business Meetings or Family Dinners

Create a Flagstone Patio for Outdoor Business Meetings or Family Dinners
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Whether it’s a casual business meeting at your place or Grandpa Joe’s birthday when the entire family gets together, a flagstone patio is the perfect paving option.

Sit around a large table with grass at your feet. Natural flagstone that’s got grass growing in between gives a natural feel and a casual approach to the event. Invite your employees over for a dinner-cum-business conference.

It’s an exciting way to form an interpersonal bond with the people you work with. Impress them with your rustic looking flagstone paving that’s beautiful and charming.

Make Designs With the Gravel Between the Flagstones

Make Designs With the Gravel Between the Flagstones
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Who said the gravel filling between the flagstones has to be boring? Check out the way they have used pebbles with the flagstone paving. The spiraling designs that are made with different colored pebbles give a unique look to the flagstone paving.

You can get creative with the patio paving and use colorful pebbles in between the flagstones instead of boring old gravel that looks pretty much the same. You can even create mosaic art with flagstones. Or you can use pebbles to create several mosaics between the stones.

Make a Pool With Your Patio

Make a Pool With Your Patio
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Extend your patio and include a pool in it so when you’re done sunbathing, you can take a dip in the cool pool. The flagstone paving is looking beautiful not just on the patio but around the pool as well. The pool has different depths so some of it can be used as a kiddie pool as well.

There are seating areas on all sides of the pool. The flagstone is giving it an ancient look like you’re living in a completely different era. This patio design is charming and carries a rich and luxurious appeal.

Use Small and Rounded Flagstone

Use Small and Rounded Flagstone
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While flagstone is generally large in size, you can get finer results with smaller pieces. This patio is paved with smaller sized flagstones that are of different colors. This gives the patio a colorful approach. However, the wild and rough look of the flagstone is lost when the stone size becomes finer.

If you want fine work that includes a lot of colors, this is the perfect option for you. The flagstones are grouted properly and there are no rough patches in between where you’d fill gravel or let the grass grow. This type of paving will not need a lot of maintenance. 

Flagstones Arranged in a Symmetry

Flagstones Arranged in a Symmetry
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Flagstones are generally just laid randomly and the area around them is filled with gravel. You can also create some symmetry with your stone paving. For example, you can see here that flagstones are cut in square shapes and are arranged as diamonds.

The area around them is filled with gravel and there is grass growing around the walkway. The walkway leads to the patio that’s arranged in the same way. As stated earlier, the more symmetry and finesse you introduce to the flagstone patio, the more it loses its look of wilderness. 

If you’re someone who craves symmetry in their lives, this will be the right choice.

Make It All Flowery

Make It All Flowery
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There are so many things you can do to make your flagstone patio look unique. For example, when you plant grass between the stones, make sure it’s a flowering one. So when the season is right, the flagstones will not show just their green side, but also their colorful side with thousands of flowers growing among them.

Take a look at this patio that’s literally laden with flowers. While grass does need some maintenance, when the season is right, your hard work will pay off. Make sure you invite friends over to show off your beautiful patio in the right season.

Let the Bushes Grow

Let the Bushes Grow
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For a true look of wilderness, let the bushes grow wild. If you want your guests to feel like they’re entering an ancient temple, leave some maintenance activities and let nature take its course.

If you don’t want the entryway to look shabby but are fascinated with this idea, you can implement this in your backyard patio. Let the weeds rule a certain part of your backyard that’s paved with flagstone. Place a stone figurine there to give it a more authentic touch of antiquity. Some grapevines will also look good here.

A Flagstone Patio That’s Also an Outdoor Kitchen

A Flagstone Patio That’s Also an Outdoor Kitchen
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Flagstone isn’t just great for paving the patio but you can also build with it. For example, here is a complete outdoor kitchen that’s built with flagstone. The fireplace is excellent in itself. And then you also have kitchen countertops to help you with your cooking.

It’s ideal for outdoor cooking time when you want to cook while relaxing in the sun while hearing the birds chirp. This patio idea is ideal for people who genuinely enjoy cooking. Don’t limit yourself to the same old confines of an indoor kitchen. Enjoy outdoor cooking in a rustic flagstone kitchen.

A Complete Outdoor Setup on a Flagstone Patio

A Complete Outdoor Setup on a Flagstone Patio
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This patio is a mix of traditional and modern looks. The flagstone paving gives it an old and rustic appeal while the modern seating gives it a contemporary feel. There’s a flagstone fireplace as well and the place is decorated with flowers.

The yellow indoor lighting is giving it a warm and welcoming appeal. The comfortable seating place is ideal for the entire family to sit around and enjoy a warm summer day. Candles placed on the stone are also enhancing the appeal of the place.

Growing Plants Between the Flagstones

Growing Plants Between the Flagstones
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While it was one thing to grow flowing grass among the flagstones, it’s a completely different thing to grow entire plants there. Plant different kinds of shrubs among flagstones to give it a rough appeal. While it will reduce the walking area, it will give the place a rustic and wild appeal.

You can go for flowering shrubs that flower in a certain season or evergreen shrubs that will always look pretty throughout the year. Or you can go ahead and mix all the shrubs together and plant them randomly. Go crazy with shrubbery!

Create a BBQ Along with Cabinets

Create a BBQ Along with Cabinets
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Carry the flagstone paving and BBQ tradition a step further and create a complete cabinet setup with it. Place all the grills, skewers, barbeque fuel, and other barbeque supplies in the cabinet right with the barbeque.

Ideal for someone who enjoys weekend parties and also a rustic appeal, this setup isn’t very difficult to create. It gives complete cooking freedom too! Install a stove on one side of the countertop and the other side can be perfect for chopping, slicing, and dicing. Of course, it can also be used to keep your drinks as you roast a pork chop.

Install a Fountain in Your Patio

Install a Fountain in Your Patio
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If you don’t live near a lake or a river and don’t have a pool in your yard, don’t worry. You can still enjoy the calming sounds of water with a fountain (or multiple fountains). This flagstone patio has a central area with fountains made of stone.

If you just want to relax and hear the trickling sounds of water, a fountain can be a good option. It’s a simple design that’s easy to implement. These fountains are often available premade and can be installed anywhere in your patio – an easy DIY project that can be done in a few hours.

Flagstone Stairs that Lead to Flagstone Patio

Flagstone Stairs that Lead to Flagstone Patio
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The stairs that lead to the patio can also be made of the same material as the patio itself, i.e., flagstone. It gives an old architectural building impact. The reddish brown color is looking stylish and charming. But if that doesn’t fancy you, you can get grey or yellow flagstone paving as well. Or you can mix different shades.

You can also place some houseplants on the sides of the steps to make the area look greener. Using the same material for stairs as well as patio will give it a uniform look.

When is a Flagstone Patio a Good Idea

While there are a number of ideas in which you can get a flagstone patio, you need to understand the pros and cons of flagstone. 

Flagstone is natural looking and is very beautiful. It also increases the value of your home. It’s more durable than concrete or brick paving. It is weather resistant and versatile in terms of design and colors.

Because it’s durable, it turns out to be cost effective in the long run.

However, since it’s porous, it needs to be treated properly before it can be used. And since it has an uneven surface (because it’s natural), it needs proper installation.

Considering these options, you need to decide if flagstone is right for you.