Selecting Shapes: Learn the Difference between Different Tile Patterns

As a home owner, you have many different options when it comes to flooring. Today, more and more people are choosing tile. There are good reasons for this, from the fact that they tend to be easier to clean and are extremely durable, to the notion that they reduce allergies in the home. That being said, there are so many different shapes available with tiles today that it can be difficult to determine which would look best in your home. To help get you started, take a look that the different tile patterns explained below.

Straight or Stack Bond Pattern

This is probably the most popular type of tiling pattern, and it is the simplest. Installing these tiles require that they are laid on the floor in straight lines. The grout lines would then wind up looking similar to a grid pattern when finished.

Diagonal Pattern

With the diagonal pattern, you will find that it is similar to that of the straight pattern with one notable exception. The tiles need to be laid on the ground at a 45-degree angle. This has the effect of turning each of the tiles into a diamond shape. You can use this type of tiling pattern in a smaller room in order to make it appear larger. Diagonal patterns also look great in a bathroom.

Herringbone Pattern

This type of tiling pattern is ideal for your hallways, or if you need to tile an outdoor pathway. There is a natural ‘V’ in this type of pattern that gives the effect of an arrow that is pointing everyone in the right direction. You get this pattern by laying rectangular tiles along the ground in a zig-zag type of pattern.

Basket Weave Pattern

This is another type of tile pattern that you can use with rectangular tiles. You will lay two of them next to one another in order to form a square. Each subsequent square is formed by laying a pair of tiles at a 90-degree angle and then continuing the pattern until finished. This gives the effect of an over and under look that typifies the basket weave.

Windmill Pattern

This is another tile pattern that you should consider. To get this look, you will lay four rectangular tiles around one square tile in the center of the floor. A suggestion is to put a square tile and choose a grout color that are both in contrast to your rectangular tiles. This is great for use in the shower, as the pattern will really stand out. Tile can be very burdensome as a DIY project, so I’d suggest finding a NJ bathroom renovator near you to facilitate the tile installation process. While there are certainly other tile patterns that you can learn about, this should at least get you thinking in the right direction. Knowing the different shapes that are possible can really help you design your indoor and outdoor spaces that you plan on tiling. Take your time and really search through the various options to decide what is best for you and your home.   Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family.

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