A Pattern grants regularity in a subway tile design and enhances its aesthetic appeal. The unique look of subway tile patterns has proven to be both practical and attractive. It's journey from underground subways to contemporary kitchens and baths has been very significant in making it a timeless design element. Bearing characteristics like, sleek, elegant and hygienic, subway tiles are used in possibly the two most primary rooms in the house; kitchen and bathroom.

Subway tiles can be a little humdrum, but when you reshuffle them and add interesting patterns, they can bring in an incredible amount of glamour in your home. Take advantage of the overwhelming range of colors, sizes, and textures available in subway tiles. Adopt fun and pleasing ways to lay subway tiles to create some unique patterns in synergy with the most commonly used ones.

Here are a few subway tile design patterns to help you start:

Classic Subway - The tiles are stacked like bricks in this pattern. It is quite elegant and functional, and as the name suggests, adds a classic look to space.

Classic with a twist - The traditional subway tiles stacked like bricks and rotated at 45 degrees, creates a distinctive look.

Classic Herringbone - Herringbone is a pattern with a distinctive 'v' shape, which makes the wall pop. It also works great as an accent wall.

Herringbone at 90 degrees - The classic herringbone pattern tilted at 90 degrees, works well for a taller space to create a vertical and horizontal pattern.

Herringbone at 45 Degrees - To get this pattern to rotate the classic herringbone at 45 degrees. This technique minimizes wastage and assures the pattern is parallel to the baseline.

90 Degree classic - Rotate the classic pattern at 90 degrees and get a totally new look. This pattern makes the room look enlarged.

Stacked Vertical - This is a fairly simple pattern, in which tiles are stacked vertically on top and beside each other. This pattern makes any ceiling look taller and works best behind the counters.

Stacked Vertical Alternating - This pattern is a variation of the classic subway look. By alternating the tiles vertically, a completely new look comes in.

Stacked Bond - The tiles in this pattern are stacked horizontally and is the most common tiling pattern. The grout lines form a grid as the tiles are laid in a straight line.

Stacked Horizontal Alternating - Alternate the tiles horizontally to form this unique pattern. This pattern sets in more of a classic look.

Geometric Look - Incorporating a geometric design in a subway tile pattern imbues elements of fun as well as adventure. It is relatively easy to lay two horizontal tiles next to two vertical tiles.

Basket Weave - In this pattern, two tiles are laid next to each other to form a square and the following pair of tiles are laid at 90 degrees to the first and so on. It seems like the tiles are woven like a basket.

You can never go wrong with a subway tile design, no matter the pattern you choose. These tile design patterns offer you numerous possibilities for creating your very own design using subway tiles. There really are no rules to decorate your own kitchen or bathroom. All you need is a bunch of ideas to use the same square or rectangular tile in an installation or even to mingle non-identical tiles.