Tiles are among the first options considered while flooring any part of someone’s house. They are famous for the wide range of options they provide. Be it color, texture or patterns, many types of tiles are available to satisfy any type of taste the normal customer has. Meanwhile, professional tilers or renovators also take into account the pattern layout that they will be following during tiling. Sometimes tile choices heavily depend on the type of layouts as some combinations really do standout. In this section, we will discuss some of the most used and famous pattern layouts which are followed during tiling the floor or the wall. 


Grid Pattern

This classic pattern is achieved while laying similar square-shaped tiles in stacks.

  • The grid is the most common and also the easiest layout to follow when laying tiles.
  • Care must be taken so that while filling the borders of the room, no ugly slivers are used.
  • Although this layout can be used anywhere, it may be perceived as boring by some.


Running Board Pattern

This simple bond pattern is achieved by stacking rectangular tiles on top of each other, vertically or horizontally.

  • This layout creates a nice illusion of space and height on the surface.
  • The installation process is straightforward.
  • It is mainly used on pavements or in between large format tiles.


Herringbone Pattern

This layout is also known as the Zigzag layout and is greatly favored by people looking for a modern style renovation.

  • The difficulty faced while installing this layout is a little as the tiles are joined to each other at an angle of 45°.
  • On completion, the final outcome creates a simple and intriguing pattern.
  • This layout also helps in giving the illusion of a larger space and onlookers can’t help but look at the pattern from the starting point till the end of it.


Modular Pattern

This layout uses tiles of three to four different sizes.

  • Using different sized tiles, it creates a complex geometric pattern which makes the final piece look like a well-balanced puzzle.
  • This layout is recommended to be used ion expansive floor so that the entire pattern can be viewed.
  • Using natural stones in some places adds up on the earthy, rusty feeling. This also adds a bit of chaos on the puzzle-like pattern.


Stack Bond Pattern

This pattern is the same as a grid but it uses rectangular-shaped tiles.

  • This style is favored when using the metro, half or brick tiles and layering them stack wise.
  • The pattern formed is straightforward and repetitive.
  • It gives a clean and modern look and is especially used in kitchens.


Offset Pattern

This pattern uses simple, solid colored tiles, but adds a twist by layering them in an offset way.

  • The tiles of the successive layers are offset by half the width of the tile.
  • Mouldings and skirting styled tiles can be added for more detailed work.
  • This layout is preferred in spaces with a lot of accessories. The sharp and angular look of the furniture and appliances is balanced by the soft-looking offset tile pattern.


Large Format Brick Bond

It follows the same offset pattern, but in this case, it uses oversized bricks in place of the standard brick.

  • Mainly 600 x 300 mm tiles are used for this layout.
  • These large format tiles lessen the visual impact of the grout. After completion, the final result provides a seamless and interesting look.
  • Since large tiles are used, proper planning should be done beforehand so that the tiles are cut precisely to fit the small borders and other empty areas.


Basketweave Pattern

This is a true classic layout which intrigues most of its onlookers due to its unique design.

  • This pattern is created by using different shapes to create a woven basket effect.
  • The rectangular brick-shaped tiles are set down in an interlocking pattern. After this smaller square tiles fill in the spaces in between.
  • Although it may look challenging at first look, the layout can also be easily achieved through readied and laid out mosaics.


Chevron Pattern

It is a close relative to herringbone tile pattern and is immensely popular due to its ability to make a room extremely unique.

  • The Chevron layout uses parallelogram tiles. Even rectangular tiles can be used after cutting so that they can fit into the pattern.
  • Each of the adjacent rows is facing the opposite direction such that after joining they create a ‘V’ shape.
  • Using contrasting color tiles to emphasize the zigzag pattern or the conjugation of solid colored tiles with wooden looking ones gives an impressive trendy look.


Straight Herringbone Pattern

Being a variation of the Herringbone pattern, it gives a more contemporary vibe to the floor/wall.

  • This unique layout is the first choice while creating a kitchen splashback.
  • The tiles are placed at a 90° angle to each other rather than the usual 45° thus creating a sharper edge.
  • This style is mainly used in smaller rooms. The pattern really catches the eye in the less open spaces.


Octagon Dot Pattern

This complex layout is widely favored by who want their floor to reminisce them of the past.

  • While working with Victorian Floor tiles, this is one of the most common layouts used by tilers.
  • This pattern can be used anywhere – the kitchen, hallways or paths, due to its versatile look.
  • Although some people opt for the monochrome tiles, most of them prefer to use tiles of different colors to create a uniform but beautiful pattern.


Diamond Pattern

This is also a variance of the grid pattern, but it also uses square-shaped tiles.

  • Simple square tiles are layered in a diamond pattern thus providing a unique twist to such simple layering and creating a unique, attractive design.
  • This layout works perfectly even when used either on the floor or on the walls.
  • One of its most major strength is that even when the wall or floor is not perfectly square, the diamond pattern layout helps in easily hiding such imperfections.



Even though many more tile layouts are present out there, these tile pattern layouts are the most widely used ones which can easily change the face of the house when used. People should carefully consider which layout should be used in which corner of the house, and then choose the suitable tile options to go along with it.

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