The Edit: Crazy Paving

Crazy paving is making its way back into our homes and hospitality spaces – and we’re all for it. Reminiscent of the 1970s, we’ve selected nine of our favourite crazy paving examples from leading suppliers.

Whether it’s a consistent grey stone or a more obscure, colourful assortment, crazy paving (also known as flagstone) refers to the laying of paving stones in an erratic pattern.

Crazy paving offers a unique foundation to any space, available in countless size and colour variations. Suitable for use through internal and external areas of the home, it’s well-loved for its natural, nostalgic appearance. While it continues to make more of a regular appearance in projects on est, we’ve curated our nine of our favourite examples of crazy paving below.

This feature originally appeared in est magazine issue #34.

Portsea Beach House by Studio Esteta


The Endicott, by outdoor furniture and flooring company Eco Outdoor, showcases accents of warm brown throughout the grey base with off-white mortar. Perfect for any indoor-outdoor setting, the Endicott offers a gentle and versatile flooring option.


Also by Eco Outdoor, the Andorra paver is has a much smoother surface, for a more polished appearance. Subtle dark grey veining and consistency in colour makes this paver suitable for interior use. Lauren Bamford’s Slow Beam showcases how a similar paver can been utilised.


The Bolzano boasts sophistication with its colour uniformity, broken up into alternating sizes. As seen paired with an identical mortar, the Bolzano showcases a more consistent aesthetic.

Chinese Black Slate

Chinese Black Slate, by New South Wales tile supplier Sydney Tiles, is a step above your traditional crazy paver. The intensity and contrast between light and dark provides exceptional aesthetic qualities and makes for a bold foundation to any setting.


A nod to the 1970s, the Porphyry paver by Eco Outdoor is the quintessential flooring choice for any mid-century home renovation. The warm colour palette, with its terracotta hues and varied shapes and sizes, ensures a homiliness and lived-in quality.

Lorne Beach House

Featured in Georgina Jeffries’ Lorne Beach House project, this elegant crazy paver forms the base of the home in the kitchen, bathroom and outdoor area. Jeffries has highlighted the paver with white walls, suitably matched with its coastal context due to its sand colouring.

Green Palladiana 12 Terrazzo

With its drastically smaller pavers, the Green Palladiana 12 Terrazzo by Turkish tile company Karo Istanbul is a statement in its own right. The combination of black and olive mosaic tiles pressed against the white mortar allows for the perfect balance of colour, size and contrast.

Palladiana Libera

Marble Büro’s Palladiana Libera is much more fitting to the name crazy paving, with its scattered tile placement and wide-patterned mortar. The marble chips are embedded into the concrete and then polished, creating a floor that is anything but average. Suitable for interior and exterior use.

Sample from Raes on Wategos

This crazy paving is featured in boutique hotel Raes on Wategos in Byron Bay, revamped by Tamsin Johnson. With its minimal terrazzo-style pattern and accents of green and salmon, these pavers perfectly complement the accommodation’s lush foliage and beachside location, in true Tamsin Johnson style.

Slow Beam by Lauren Bamford and Hearth Studio

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