Tile is one of the most useful and attractive materials for covering both walls and floors. However, you’ll need to choose the right pattern for the job if you want to get the most from your project. So here’s a fast guide to some of the best layouts.
A lot of people are partial to simple layouts. If that sounds like you, the straight lay could be what you need. With this pattern, the tiles are lined up so they are straight and also even with the both the ones on their left and right sides.
For something a little old fashioned yet classy, the checkerboard pattern is timeless. It actually uses the straight lay but with contrasting black and white tiles. Other colors can be used too though, like red and white for example. It depends on your preference.
The diagonal layout is commonly seen on floors around the world. It uses the straight lay tile pattern but at an angle. Forty five degrees to be exact. By doing this square tile will appear to be diamond in shape and is often the best choice for small spaces.
An intricate choice is the herringbone tile pattern. It’s not hard to figure out based on its name that it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish. If you don’t have a lot of experience installing tile, this pattern should be left to a professional.
Very pleasing to the eye is the basket weave. By using rectangular shaped tiles that are set so they are perpendicular to each other it creates the illusion that like the stitching of a basket they go over and under each other. This pattern is also commonly printed on mosaic tiles.
Best for larger areas, especially outdoors the Versailles tile pattern is one of the most famous. It is a layout that is actually made to trick you into thinking it is random. But, in fact it is very complicated and uses a variety of different size tiles to accomplish this.
The brick or running bond goes by a few different names. Whatever you choose to call it, it works unbelievably well on back splashes but also on the floor. Just like on a brick wall, each tile is set so it starts at the halfway point of the one above and below it.
With so much to choose from, it’s always smart to take it slow when deciding which one you’ll use. Be sure to look at examples, preferably real ones as opposed to pictures if you can. But if not the internet is a fabulous resource full of photos. And if you’re really stuck a professional will be able to give you their opinion based on extensive experience.