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Tile Layout Patterns

Different Types of Tile Patterns

Wherever you're laying tile in your home, our experts at The Tile Shop are available to help you choose a beautiful pattern - either subtle or eye-catching - that enhances your room's decor.

1. Herringbone

bathroom tiles.

This pattern is made up of V-shaped rows of 45-degree angled tiles. This layout is a classic but more graphic way to install both large or small rectangular tiles.

kitchen marble tiles surrounded  the sink.

Popular on backsplashes, subway tiles attain new heights of style in a herringbone layout. A contrasting grout color highlights the unique design.

2. Offset/Staggered Brick

Bathroom insert with wall niche.

Also known as a running bond, this common brickwork pattern has each tile start at the center of the tile below it. This is a clean and classic layout for subway tiles on walls and floors.

Industrial bar area with grey brick wall and silver accents.

Brick-look tiles in this layout create an industrial vibe in your space. This pattern also flatters handmade-look tiles while adding authenticity.

3. 1/3 Offset

With a light grey hue and glossy finish, this plank style ceramic tile provides a touch of shine to your modern decor.

Each tile in this pattern offsets the tile below it by one third of its length, creating a staggered diagonal effect. This layout is often used with one-, two- or three-color designs.

stone like tiles decorative areas.

Wood-look and other plank tiles are frequently installed using this layout. In fact, some large-format tiles are required to be 1/3 offset instead so the installation is sound.

4. Grid (Stacked)

wood burning stove surrounded with grey and marble tiles.

This layout is a basic pattern where square tiles are set in a straight line to create a look that’s simple and clean. Rectangular tiles look modern and clean in this arrangement.

Kitchen backsplash.

For a more traditional look, stack classic square tiles in a grid pattern. A framed accent transforms this backsplash into a statement piece.

5. Stacked Vertical

White and grey vertical tiles.

In this pattern, tiles are stacked vertically, emphasizing the height of your space by making your walls seem taller. Subway tiles suddenly take on new life and geometric appeal in this layout.

Modern bathroom vanity with white textured designer wall tile.

Vertically stacked large-format tiles serve to extend your walls and floors in both directions. Add texture and it’s enough to take an all-white wall to the next level.

6. Pinwheel (Hopscotch)

Bathroom wall and floor tiles.

This pattern uses a smaller square tile at each corner of a larger square to mimic the look of a spinning pinwheel. This layout is a popular flooring pattern, especially with ceramic tile or in small bathrooms.

Bathroom with beige stone tile.

The subtle pattern created by the pinwheel layout offers the opportunity to incorporate an accent color or tile into another area of the room, tying the whole look together.

7. Random

hexagon black and white tiles.

The design possibilities are endless when you have the freedom to create. This layout is perfect for unconventional spaces. Experiment with three, four or more colors to make a big impression.

bathroom shower multiple color hexagon tiles.

Get creative and install your tile in a layout without a distinct pattern. Create bold and graphic interest using black and white hues.

8. Versailles (French)

This elegant pattern uses a combination of square and rectangular tiles to create a puzzle-like, repeating design. We love using the Versailles layout on floors with natural stone like travertine.

Showroom bar.

The Versailles pattern gets a modern makeover in a cool-toned, monochromatic space. The mixed and matched tile sizes draw subtle attention to the floor without distracting from the rest of the space.

9. Basket Weave (Geometric)

This timeless design uses a mosaic of tiles with tiny squares that resemble the over-under stitching motion of a woven basket.

Basket weave mosaics deliver soft patterning and can be styled in a traditional or contemporary way depending on the surrounding tiles and decor.

10. Diagonal (Diamond)

Grey marble floor tile.

This layout uses square tiles laid at a 45-degree angle. A great way to make your floors appear wider, we also love it for walls and backsplashes.

Kitchen backsplash.

A picture frame accent is always a good idea. By laying coordinating tiles on an angle, you create subtle interest without distracting from the main color.

11. Chevron

Marble and mosaic wall with a small basket on a shelf.

Similar to herringbone, this layout instead has the shorter end of the tiles lined up to form a mitered 45-degree joint. Unless your tile is specifically designed for this layout, it will have to be cut to fit.

Black and white porcelain chevron wall tile.

Play with mixing and matching different colors to create a bold chevron design. This black-and-white accent wall is endlessly stylish and classic at the same time.

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