I felt like my blog would be incomplete without a post that would discuss the big variety of patterns in which tiles can be installed. The layout and the pattern are, in my opinion, just as important as the design of the tile itself in the final aspect of a space.
If we want to take into consideration the combinations of different types of tile, then the options are almost unlimited but for this post we are going to try to cover the most common patterns created by the repetition of one kind of tile.
- STRAIGHT STANDARD SET
This is the simplest and more common of all the patterns. Here the tiles are installed next to each other and the grout lines meet in a cross at their corners. Also, the grout lines are parallel with the main walls. The use of this pattern suggest order, often symmetry and simplicity.
- OFFSET TILE PATTERN
The offset pattern is also very common, made famous by the tiles installed in the subway stations in London, it became a classic. The tiles can be offset half way (brick) or 1/3 offset – as we can observe in the pictures above.
This pattern is created by installing the tiles exactly the way we do for the STRAIGHT STANDARD SET, but this time the grout lines create a 45 degrees angle with the main walls. I find it that the use of this pattern draws the eye towards the floor more but in the same time it is easier to disguise certain defects like the walls being out of square or such.
- OFFSET DIAMOND PATTERN
As the title suggest – this is a combination of the DIAMOND and OFFSET patterns. To create this we install the tiles in an OFFSET pattern with a long straight grout line making a 45 degree angle with one of the main walls. I find this pattern to be a very useful tool in the hand of a good designer – it can direct the eye away or towards a focal point in the room.
- HERRINGBONE TILE PATTERN
This a more uncommon pattern for installing rectangular tiles, used more as an accent than to tile big areas. The reasons for that might be a higher percentage of waste and the fact that it gives a busy aspect to a space.