A Guide to Popular Tile Patterns for Every Style
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A Guide to Popular Tile Patterns for Every Style

Are you doing a renovation and just don’t know what tile pattern to use? When you’re in someone’s home, you might overlook the choice of tiling and tile pattern, but believe us, when it’s your turn to choose, you’ll be surprised just how tricky the task becomes.

Of course, you aren’t always the part of the home that makes people stand in awe of your home renovation, but when done right, this sometimes overlooked feature can turn a house into a home. 

Everyone deserves a place they can admire, with everything from the furniture to the tiles being an extension of themselves. It’s for this reason that we’ve put together this guide. So, let’s get cracking and take a look at different tile patterns!

Do Tile Patterns Matter? 

To be 100% honest…yes! The tile pattern you choose has the potential to make or break your renovation project. Pair a complex tile pattern with a vibrant and busy room, and you’ve got a recipe for rooms that give off chaotic energy. You need balance, and to achieve that, you need to know how a tile pattern will work with the rest of your room. 

What Are Some Common Tile Patterns? 

Great! You’ve finally chosen the type of tile you’re going to use, you should be done, right? Wrong. The fun is only just beginning because now you can choose which tile pattern to use. 

Here are a few common tile patterns to choose from: 

1. Subway Tile Patterns

For those interested in an inexpensive, classic, yet versatile tile pattern, you can’t go wrong with the subway tile pattern. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an interior designer who doesn’t love using subway tile patterns, and a huge contributing factor to this is the sheer range of design possibilities that this pattern inspires. Here are the main subway tile patterns you can choose from: 

  • Crosshatch 
  • Diagonal offset
  • Traditional herringbone
  • Straight herringbone
  • Diagonal herringbone
  • Offset
  • Running Bond
  • Verticle stack bond
  • Vertical offset bond

2. Grid Pattern

Grid Pattern

This tile pattern involves stacking tiles on top of each other so they meet at the corners. But, if you want to add a bit more texture to the design, you can try using tiles with smaller squares and raised designs, like those you might find in a patterned kitchen tile backsplash. This will give your design a little extra flair without complicating things too much.

3. Brick Pattern

Brick Pattern

The brick pattern is also a popular one, sometimes copied with wood as well. Its layout is similar to a subway pattern, with the tiles laid in an offset pattern making it resemble a brick wall. However, what makes this pattern appealing is often how it pairs with certain aesthetics. Stone rectangle tiles or others with texture on them are usually the go-to for this pattern.

4. Diamond Pattern

Diamond pattern tiles

Diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend because those who like a tile pattern as timeless as the precious stone itself will adore the simple yet eye-catching diamond tile pattern. This classic pattern is often applied to walls instead of floors because who wouldn’t want to admire the craftsmanship of this stunning design? 

5. Herringbone Pattern

 Herringbone Pattern

Looking for a more popular tile style that’s trending because of its au natural kind of appeal, then consider the herringbone pattern. With tiles that are laid at a 45° angle, it bears a striking resemblance to the skeleton of the herring fish. Nothing fishy here, though, because the pattern achieves a welcoming effect that effortlessly draws you into the room.

6. Basket Weave Pattern

Basket Weave Pattern

For creating an interior space that brings out a vintage charm, the basket weave pattern is always up for the challenge. It’s a classic tile pattern of note and actually dates all the way back to the Victorian Age. The pattern consists of two horizontally laid tiles placed against two vertically laid tiles to represent the same weave style used for baskets (hence the name). Where might this tile pattern be used? Well it’s a particularly popular pick for flooring. 

7. Chevron Pattern

Chevron Pattern tiles

Similar to the herringbone, the Chevron pattern looks sort of like a row of arrows pointing in opposite directions. Each tile is placed at an angle to form the defined V shape, and when complete, it creates a zigzagging effect that adds an edgy, modern touch spaces, and can be used on floor or walls. 

8. Windmill Pattern

Windmill Pattern tile

Fancy a tile pattern with a charming that will have you feeling as relaxed as if you were lounging about in the countryside? Then the windmill tile pattern is everything you need. The pattern successfully resembles a windmill, with one square central tile and diagonal rectangular tiles around it facing in different directions. 

Final Thoughts

While there may be specific tile patterns that work well with other interior design features, there’s really no stopping you from doing what you like. After all, your home is an extension of your taste and not just something that impresses people. However, understanding how the different tiling patterns can emphasize what you’re wanting to achieve for a certain space will help you decide what will work best. 

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