The Best Tile Laying Patterns for Your Project
Using the right tile laying pattern for your tiling project is a great way of making a design statement. Many different patterns can be used, but the best ones for you will depend on many factors such as personal preference and the design statement that you want to make.
What are tile laying patterns?
Tile laying patterns are the designs that you will create by placing your tiles next to each other, end to end or overlapping them. They are generally created to form images, shapes or words.
The patterns that you choose will often be dictated by what you want to create because some patterns do not lend themselves well to the creation of certain images. You might find that some patterns work better than others for your project so it is important to think about this carefully before you start.
What are the common types of tile laying patterns?
Most tile laying patterns fall into one of three categories:
Grid-like patterns - any pattern where the tiles are laid out in a rectangular or square shape with straight lines and even gaps between the tiles. There will be no repeating patterns in this type of pattern and the tiles will appear to be evenly spaced.
Randomly placed patterns - which can be more difficult to create and they present a unique challenge, especially when you are making the pattern yourself. There is no set way to make this type of design and you will need to get creative and use some imagination.
Patterns that use symmetry - Symmetry in this context means that the pattern you're creating will be an exact mirror image of itself when reflected in a mirror. This type of pattern can look really pretty and they tend to be very pleasing for the eye.
Popular tile laying patterns include:
How many tiles should I use to create my tile laying pattern?
This is a difficult question and it will be dependent on the size of your final design and matting that you are using. Generally speaking, larger patterns require more tiles than small ones but this may vary depending on how big or complex the pattern is that you are using.
It can be very tempting to use as many tiles as possible but, if you do this, it may make the process of cutting them out much more difficult and time-consuming.
You could probably still create a good pattern with twenty or even thirty Lego plates without too much trouble.
What is regarded as the best tile laying pattern?
There is no "best" tile laying pattern and the best one for you will depend on what you are designing. Some patterns will fit together easier than others and, in these cases, simplicity is key because it means that there's less chance of things going wrong when cutting or placing your tiles down.
How do you pattern a tile floor?
There are some different patterns you can use when laying tiles. Perhaps the most common one, especially for smaller floors, is an alternating pattern where you alternate between two varieties of tile at every other space by rotating them around the room.
More difficult but also more attractive are herringbone patterns which follow diagonal lines across the floor and are most commonly seen in larger stone tiles.
The easier the pattern, the simpler it is to cut and fit together but herringbone patterns can be quite intricate and therefore difficult to get right without any mistakes.
Are square tiles out of style?
We probably all know that hexagon tiles are more in fashion than square ones, but some designers still like to place them in bathrooms for example - this is where the more difficult patterns come into use.
When using square tiles along shorter walls you can do so with a horizontal or vertical pattern, but with longer walls, you have to rotate the squares 90 degrees.
It is harder to install the longer the wall is and affects how easy or difficult it will be to cut the tiles.
Laying square tiles on diagonal with a herringbone pattern on one side, and flat plain tiles on the other looks amazing.