What are setts in paving?
Setts are small blocks of dressed stone that are used in a variety of paving projects, often complementing (or even substituting) traditional block paving. Sometimes referred to as Belgian blocks, setts are broadly rectangular pieces of quarried stone with a depth and width of between 75-200mm, and a length of anywhere between 75mm to 450mm.
Setts generally have six identifiable sides. This is one of the ways in which they can be distinguished from cobbles, which tend not to have definite sides. They’re both some of the most popular alternatives to block paving, especially with their traditional look and feel.
Setts can be made from a wide variety of materials, including limestone, sandstone, granite, basalt and more. Here at Bridge Street Stone, we have Yorkstone cobbles, Indian sandstone and granite setts available in a choice of colours, allowing you to mix and match the shade of your setts to the colour scheme you’ve chosen for your interiors or outdoor space.
What are setts used for?
Historically, the first setts were originally used on steep streets, as they were able to provide a safer surface for horses to walk on. Nowadays, setts are often used to provide an attractive border to patios, paving, or driveways, adding an extra layer of visual interest and character to a space. Their rustic feel makes them particularly popular for traditional environments, but they’re becoming increasingly frequent additions to more contemporary properties too.
Notably, they provide a great opportunity to introduce some intriguing contrast to your space. Darker-coloured setts and cobbles can beautifully offset lighter or more neutral coloured Indian sandstone slabs, creating an understated by subtly dramatic effect.
They can also be effectively used to set a clear visual boundary for lawns and green spaces too, neatly segmenting the different ‘zones’ in your outdoor space and providing some extra texture to the overall design.
Those are just a few examples to get you started, of course. If you need a little more help or inspiration, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Bridge Street Stone - feel free to give our sales line a call on 01282 860 571, and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can!