Beautiful Tile Patterns to Show Off Your Floors

The decision you make on tile layouts and patterns can alter the feel of the whole room – find out what options are available.

By Ben Archer

 

Selecting the tile for your home renovation project isn’t the only thing you have to consider when it comes to your floors: you should do some brainstorming on the pattern and layout.

 

Manufacturers and showrooms will have displays of patterns and sizes available in many cases, and if they do you should take advantage to get a better idea what they might look like in your place.

 

There are many different ones to choose from, so be sure to do a little research beforehand. Discover some of the most popular patterns in home renovation to show off your beautiful tile floors below.  

 

Straight Lay

This is definitely one of the most widely used patterns out there – and the simplest. A straight lay is much like it sounds, a straight forward design that lets the beauty of the tile do the talking.

 

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Running Bond

Running bond is a similarly simple pattern that also lets the beauty of the tile shine through, albeit with some slight differences. It’s a basic offset pattern, one in which the tiles are offset by half the width of the connecting tile.

 

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Diagonal

Diagonal tile patterns are close to straight lay – at least at first glance. However, the tiles are tilted at a 45 degree angle, making it a bit more sophisticated and helping the space seem wider.

 

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Diagonal with Dots

Diagonal tiles that help make the room more expansive mixed with smaller accent tiles. Generally, the tiles are larger than your average straight lay or diagonal tile to make room for the highlight of the smaller.

 

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Modular

Different sized tiles form a pattern to give you the modular look. While at least three different tiles are required to complete this look, it can be much more than that depending on personal style and taste.

 

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Checkerboard

We’ve all played (or have at the very least seen) a checkerboard at some point in our lives. Now, just imagine that layout as your tile floor. They can be either straight or diagonal, just as long as two different colored square tiles alternate.

 

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Basket Weave

Just like on a chair or picnic basket, this timeless pattern is made when squares and rectangles intersperse to create that woven effect. This design pattern can also really help rooms look larger and more expansive.

 

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Windmill

An effective windmill pattern will look like a grid of small dots, thanks to the square being surrounded by four rectangles of the same length and width.  This is a popular pattern to show off bathroom floors, as it’s where you’re most likely find it.

 

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Mosaic

A true mosaic pattern comes together when small pieces or sections of tile or other materials are set together. This produces a picture, like in churches, or simply a beautifully diverse composition of any kind. This is a design favorite for both walls and floors.

 

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Herringbone

Herringbone floors can be quite stunning when done correctly. Herringbone helps bring texture to otherwise stale surfaces, and this is achieved by laying long, thin rectangles in arrow shaped patterns repeatedly.

 

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It shouldn’t matter whatever your personal style might be, or what ideas you’ve had in mind for your tile floors, there should be something in this tile guide to get you off to the races. Lastly, never overlook the layout or pattern just because you’ve already selected the proper materials.

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