Guide To Tile Patterns

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Tile patterns vary considerably, and you’ll have no lack of options from which to choose. If you are in the dark regarding those options, take a look at the questions and the list we’ve created below. Once your tile project is complete, remember it’s most likely going to be around a long time, so take your time and seek the opinion of others, especially professionals.

1. Herringbone

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This pattern is made up of V-shaped rows of 45-degree angled tiles. This layout is a classic but more graphic way to install both large or small rectangular tiles.
Popular on backsplashes, subway tiles attain new heights of style in a herringbone layout. A contrasting grout color highlights the unique design.


Also known as a running bond, this common brickwork pattern has each tile start at the center of the tile below it. This is a clean and classic layout for subway tiles on walls and floors.
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Brick-look tiles in this layout create an industrial vibe in your space. This pattern also flatters handmade-look tiles while adding authenticity.

3. 1/3 OFFSET

Each tile in this pattern offsets the tile below it by one third of its length, creating a staggered diagonal effect. This layout is often used with one-, two- or three-color designs.
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Wood-look and other plank tiles are frequently installed using this layout. In fact, some large-format tiles are required to be 1/3 offset instead so the installation is sound.


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This layout is a basic pattern where square tiles are set in a straight line to create a look that’s simple and clean. Rectangular tiles look modern and clean in this arrangement.
For a more traditional look, stack classic square tiles in a grid pattern. A framed accent transforms this backsplash into a statement piece.


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In this pattern, tiles are stacked vertically, emphasizing the height of your space by making your walls seem taller. Subway tiles suddenly take on new life and geometric appeal in this layout.

Vertically stacked large-format tiles serve to extend your walls and floors in both directions. Add texture and it’s enough to take an all-white wall to the next level.


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This pattern uses a smaller square tile at each corner of a larger square to mimic the look of a spinning pinwheel. This layout is a popular flooring pattern, especially with ceramic tile or in small bathrooms.
The subtle pattern created by the pinwheel layout offers the opportunity to incorporate an accent color or tile into another area of the room, tying the whole look together.


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The design possibilities are endless when you have the freedom to create. This layout is perfect for unconventional spaces. Experiment with three, four or more colors to make a big impression.
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Get creative and install your tile in a layout without a distinct pattern. Create bold and graphic interest using black and white hues.


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This elegant pattern uses a combination of square and rectangular tiles to create a puzzle-like, repeating design. We love using the Versailles layout on floors with natural stone like travertine.
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The Versailles pattern gets a modern makeover in a cool-toned, monochromatic space. The mixed and matched tile sizes draw subtle attention to the floor without distracting from the rest of the space.


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Basket weave mosaics deliver soft patterning and can be styled in a traditional or contemporary way depending on the surrounding tiles and decor.
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This timeless design uses a mosaic of tiles with tiny squares that resemble the over-under stitching motion of a woven basket.


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This layout uses square tiles laid at a 45-degree angle. A great way to make your floors appear wider, we also love it for walls and backsplashes.
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A picture frame accent is always a good idea. By laying coordinating tiles on an angle, you create subtle interest without distracting from the main color.


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Similar to herringbone, this layout instead has the shorter end of the tiles lined up to form a mitered 45-degree joint. Unless your tile is specifically designed for this layout, it will have to be cut to fit.
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Play with mixing and matching different colors to create a bold chevron design. This black-and-white accent wall is endlessly stylish and classic at the same time.
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