It’s important to consider how the tile shape you choose to install can drastically impact the vibe of the room. Learn from The Tile Shop how you can experiment with multiple sizes, patterns and shapes that will dazzle every time you enter the room.
1. SUBWAY TILE PATTERNS
Rectangular subway tile is one of the most popular installations because it’s a classic look that can be customized to your personal style. The standard size is 3” x 6”, but you’ll find a broad range of sizes these days like 2″ x 4″, 4″ x 8″ or even elongated sizes like 2” x 8”, 3” x 12”, 4” x 12” and 4” x 16”. Most common in an offset pattern, this versatile tile also looks great in herringbone, 1/3 offset and vertical.
Aligning your subway tiles horizontally creates interesting vertical lines.
Larger-than-average subway tiles open up your space with fewer grout lines for modern appeal.
Flipping subway tiles vertically takes your space to new heights.
The herringbone pattern is a popular one for its timeless appeal.
2. MOSAIC TILE PATTERNS
The range of shapes, styles and colors of glass mosaic tiles allows you to create a unique look that makes a statement. Rectangular, square, penny round and hexagonal shapes work well in patterns like chevron, Amalfi, stria, Athens, Cardine and much more.
Disassemble a stria mosaic and layer it with other trim pieces to create a framed look.
A vertically installed stria creates a stripe of interest and makes your shower appear taller.
A chevron mosaic this stunning deserves to be framed like the work of art it is.
Create polished shine while adding easy-clean properties to a bathroom accent wall.
3. HEXAGON TILE PATTERNS
Hexagonal tiles are available as tiny shapes for mosaic designs and large-format sizes that make a room appear bigger and more open. Install patterns with different colors to add an alluring element to hexagonal tiles of the same size.
Dark grout accentuates the large hexagons placed from tub to ceiling.
Painted-look hexagonal tiles have statement floor written all over them.
Hexagons take wood-look tile to a modern place.
This small-scale mosaic is the perfect proportion for a small inset.
4. SQUARE TILE PATTERNS
Create a classic look by installing square patterns in a straight lay, diagonally (at a 45-degree angle), offset (brick lay) or in a pinwheel pattern. To take it up a notch, try mixing materials or installing a Versailles pattern, which is a ready-made combination of different sizes of squares and rectangles, to form an eye-catching design.
Soft grey floor tiles are the perfect neutral base for any room.
A simple layout is enhanced with a boldly patterned tile.
This Versailles layout comes with built-in patterns that take out the guesswork.
This warm, welcoming color is only enhanced by the angled layout.
5. PLANK TILE PATTERNS
Tiles with a rectangular plank shape work well in a horizontal grid, offset, staggered, herringbone, chevron and many more patterns. In recent years, longer, wider planks have started to steal the spotlight, especially with wood-look and natural stone flooring.
Simplicity reigns with this classic pattern and contemporary color.
A chic base starts with a traditional offset tile layout.
This is one example where the natural coloring and veining of the tile is only enhanced by a unique pattern.
Contrasting grout takes this tile layout to a more modern place.