Tile is a wonderful flooring choice for both kitchens and bathrooms. Not only does tile bring a touch of elegance, it also brings high durability and water resistance — two big important factors where there’s water and high traffic.
But before you install your tile, you have an important question to ask yourself: Which floor tile patterns do you want to use?
Here are nine popular patterns you can try in your home, regardless of the type of tile you choose:
- Straight lay. This popular pattern is easy to install, and it gives your room a clean, modern look by making sure the corners of the tiles are lined up. It’s a great choice if you really want to show off the beauty of your tile.
- Diagonal. Have a cramped bathroom or kitchen? A diagonal pattern can make the space look and feel larger. And even though the tiles are set against the walls at a 45 degree angle, it’s still a relatively easy pattern to install.
- Running bond. Also called a brick or offset pattern, the running bond actually makes your floor sturdier by distributing weight, making it a great choice for kitchens with heavy tables, islands, or appliances. How do you create it? Offset each row of tiles by half a tile’s width.
- Checkerboard. If you’re looking for an easy way to inject fun into the room, this is your best choice. With checkerboard, you alternate the tile color on a grid, much like on a real checkerboard. By combining this with the diagonal, you can achieve a really elegant look. Hint: Don’t put this pattern in a bathroom or kitchen with a complex color scheme. The colors in the room will clash with the colors in the floor.
- Basketweave. Much like the name suggests, this pattern makes it look like your tiles were woven through each other. While the pattern is perfect for small bathrooms, it can appear busy and distracting in large kitchens.
- Modular. Also called the Versailles, this timeless pattern is created by using three or more different size tiles to make the floor look like it was assembled randomly. This visually pleasing pattern does well in both small and large spaces.
- Herringbone. This pattern calls for setting rectangular tiles at right angles, resulting in a layered zigzag pattern across the room. As a result, herringbone’s wide V shapes do a wonderful job making small, narrow spaces appear larger. Use this one with caution: Installing this pattern in a large kitchen can make it look busy, but you can break that up with a table or island.
- Windmill. You can create the windmill pattern by circling one square tile with four rectangular tiles. While you can pick and choose the two tile sizes you’d like to use, your best bet is to have a 2:1 ratio between the two.
- Pinwheel. Also known as the hopscotch pattern, this one looks like a pinwheel when viewed from above. You can create this look by surrounding a small square tile with four large square tiles. Like with the windmill pattern, you can choose any size tiles you’d like, but the best ratio for Pinwheel is 4:1.
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