Different Pattern Options For Your New Tile Floor

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If you are upgrading your new tile floor, consider the different patterns available and how they accent your home. You can find a pattern that complements your home. Patterns are made using either same-sized tiles or incorporating various-sized tiles. Take a look below.

Floor Patterns Using the Same-Sized Tiles

At first it may not seem like you have a lot of options with one tile size. Aside from the classic grid and checkerboard patterns, there are actually quite a few distinct patterns that can only be made using uniform pieces. These options all help open up a room and make it seem larger than it is.

  • Diamond: The diamond pattern is similar to the grid, except that the tiles are placed at a 45-degree angle to give the appearance of stretching across a room and opening the floor up. Diamond patterns are great for kitchens, large entryways, and living rooms.
  • Brick: The brick pattern offsets tiles in the same way brick is laid. It can be made using either square or rectangle tile pieces, depending on how much like brick you want the floor to look. It is a good choice if you want to tie the floor in with any brick found throughout the house. It is commonly found in kitchens or outside on decks and patios.
  • Herringbone: Herringbone patterned floors use rectangular tiles to create V-shapes, which almost gives it the appearance of a chevron pattern. Large herringbone patterns are found in hallways or on decks, but a smaller, tighter herringbone is good for small bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Uniform Basketweave: The basketweave pattern can be made using same-sized pieces or different ones. There are many options using same-sized tiles – you can create a single weave or double weave. The basketweave is seen in all rooms of the house, but is most popular in bathrooms.
  • Corridor Horizontal: Corridor patterns use rectangular tile pieces and alternate the way they lay. The first row of tile will lay horizontally, then the second row will lay vertically, and so on throughout the room. Corridors are just that – great for hallways and narrow kitchens.

Floor Patterns Using Various-Sized Tiles

Using multiple sizes on your tile floor allows for more diversity and creativity. While virtually any design can be made using various-sized tiles, some of the more popular designs are outlined below.

  • Corridor: Classic corridor can be created using rectangular and square tile pieces. The first row is made with rectangular pieces placed side-by-side horizontally then the second row is made using square tile pieces twice the width of the rectangular piece. For added flair, smaller square pieces can make up a third row.
  • Cobblestone: Cobblestone is so similar to the Versailles pattern that they are often interchanged. This pattern is created using 2 or three different sized tile pieces. The pieces fit snugly together like a jigsaw puzzle, giving your floor a distinctly unique design. Cobblestone patterns are found in bathrooms, or can be used near entryways both inside and outside.
  • Basketweave: The basketweave using 2 different sized tiles is more common. Small square tiles are placed between the larger rectangular ones to accent the design. These tiles can also add a splash of color to your floor.
  • Mosaic or Hopscotch: Mosaic and hopscotch patterns are also very similar. They incorporate large and small square tiles surrounding one another in a tight, repeated pattern. Mosaics give a modern feel to kitchens and bathrooms.

Choosing a design for your tile floor should be a fun process of narrowing down your options to use one size or varying-sized tiles. After that, you can decide which pattern best complements the room you are installing it in. Contact a tile floor installation professional for more tips and information.

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