Straight Lay Tile Pattern
Straight Lay is the easiest and most popular pattern to install and can be used anywhere and everywhere. The tiles are laid side by side in a straight line. The corners are then matched up and grout is applied in straight, perpendicular intersecting lines. A great function of this pattern is that it can be used in an area or room that has complicated patterns, designs or colors without competing or clashing with them.
Diagonal Tile Pattern
Second to the straight lay pattern this is the most popular tile pattern. Instead of straight, tiles are laid at a 45 degree angle which turns them into diamonds. Tile professionals and decorators often favor this pattern because it makes the room look wider and bigger than it actually is. Another variation of this pattern is to use large tiles and add accent tiles at regular intervals. This can be very classy looking and is known as diagonal with dots.
Running Bond Tile Pattern
Also called the brick pattern because it's the most commonly used pattern in brickwork. Typically used with rectangular tiles and subway tiles, the end of each tile is lined up with the center of the tiles which are directly above and below it. This creates a staggered pattern and cohesive look. It's also the best pattern to use to hide imperfections. The fact that the tiles don't line up in a straight line, tricks the eye by taking the focus off of individual tiles and onto the pattern as a whole cohesive image instead. This makes it impossible to spot flaws.
Checkerboard Tile Pattern
This 2 color alternating pattern uses square tiles and looks just like a checkerboard creating a truly classic look. However, never decorate a room using this tile pattern that has complex colors or patterns. It will take away from the classy look and make it look trashy.
Herringbone Tile Pattern
One of the more complicated patterns to install, this pattern resembles the skeleton of a Herring fish. It's often used in smaller rooms and hallways to make the room look bigger. It's perfectly suited for kitchens with islands, outside walkways and patios.
Basket Weave Tile Pattern
This pattern resembles the stitching of a basket. It's fairly simple to install. The tiles are lined up in groups of either 2 or 3 vertically or horizontally to form a square. Use this pattern if you want to create a classy and classic early 1900's feel. It works especially well with stones like marble.
Windmill Tile Pattern
This pattern gets it's name from it's resemblance to the blades of a windmill. 4 rectangular tiles are used to form the shape of a large square with one smaller square tile in the middle to make this pattern look like a turning windmill. The windmill pattern can be used to create an interesting backsplash but also works great when used as a border pattern.
Pinwheel Tile Pattern
The pinwheel pattern resembles the windmill pattern but uses larger tiles to surround a smaller one. The creates the shape of a spinning pinwheel. While not overly complicated it still needs be planned out carefully so you should have some tile laying skills if you're going to get it right.
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