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Style with Tiles (Part 2)

Tiles are available in a wide selection of shapes, colors, and patterns. Homeowners have more choices than ever before. Style With Tiles Part I article discussed how important it is to wisely choose the appropriate type of tile depending on where it will be installed. Style With Tiles Part II will discuss how tile can be laid out in a pattern and show you how to choose your pattern. Picking out new tile for your kitchen, bathroom or other spaces can be exciting.

Pick Your Pattern

Besides the color and type of tile, how the tile is laid out in a pattern can convey modern, classic, or other types of designs. Since tile comes in a variety of shapes and colors, pattern choices are limitless.


Stacked patterns can provide a simple, clean, and modern look. Tiles are set directly on top of or beside one another. This style fits well with the midcentury designs. The patterns below show the different types of stacked patterns.

The Stacked Square Pattern is a straight up and down, side to side pattern. A grout color helps this pattern to stand out cleanly.

The Stacked Vertical Pattern is used in the niche, which stands out from the horizontal stacked shower wall. This pattern makes the space seem taller.

The Stacked Horizontal Pattern makes the space appear wider and the use of color makes an extraordinary focal point.


Offset patterns are sometimes called the “brick pattern” since it is the most commonly used pattern in brickwork. The center of each tile is lined up with the edge of the tile above. It is more traditional or historical, such as the brick pattern on the floor of a kitchen. But with the new materials and colors now available, it can look very clean and modern.

Offset Square Pattern is a fresh take on the Stacked Square tile patterns.

Offset Vertical Pattern- Alternating vertical positions creates the illusion of height.

Offset Horizontal Pattern creates the classic subway tile pattern. The horizontal windows repeat the horizontal pattern in the bathroom.


Specialty Patterns. If you are looking for a high-contrast wall or a focal point, these specialty tile pattern designs are unique and stand out in a room.

The Checkerboard Pattern is a high-contrast tile which gives the room a vintage or classic feel. It can be installed either squared to the room or on a diagonal line as shown below.

The Herringbone Pattern is V-shaped row which makes a dramatic difference from the classic subway tile.

The Basketweave Pattern is alternating directions of standard shapes which add interest in a room. Since it is so bold and busy looking, it is usually used in a small space, such as a small bathroom or under the hood in the kitchen.

The Diamond Pattern is a 45-degree angle pattern which makes a room appear wider. It is such a special pattern that it is often used in a special place such as over the sink or stove in a mosaic tile pattern.

Cement tiles can also be applied in one of the many tile patterns. Cement tiles feature striking patterns, saturated vibrant color, and a bold personality. The use of this type of tile is a way to assert your individuality in your home.

As one of the most versatile materials to be used in homes, tile has been valued throughout the years for both its practical and artistic qualities. Tiles are available in a wide selection of shapes, colors, and patterns to add a pop of color. Homeowners have more choices than ever before. As pointed out in this article, tile can be laid out in a variety of patterns. Creative Spaces Remodeling is available to provide you with advice and guidance on how to choose your tile and pattern along with installing it in your beautiful home.


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