There are so many choices when it comes to designing and laying floor tile. So how do you determine what pattern and style is best for your space? Is your space small, large, narrow or wide? These are all things to keep in mind when choosing a tile design.
Diagonal: Tiles are set at a 45% angle. This type of design makes a room look larger and longer. If you choose this design make sure you buy extra tiles (approx. 15% more) because of the angles and cuts more material is usually needed.
Straight lay: This is the most common way of laying tile and looks good in any room. This is an easier design needing less cuts and material.
Herringbone. This pattern is very stylish and adds an elegant visual texture to any floor and will make a short hallway look longer. To spice up the bathroom use this pattern on the wall installing to “chair rail” level. Framing the pattern with brick size tiles going vertical is a great finishing touch
Modular: This design has three of more different size tiles to form a pattern. If using more than one type of tile be sure they all share the same thickness.
Brick: Using a brick pattern with ceramic or the real deal, “brick”, is one of the easiest patterns to install and can be more economical. This pattern looks great in a kitchen, use on the floors or as a backsplash.
For an added “pop” use a smaller accent tile such as a square or diamond. These can be placed randomly throughout your design. When choosing a grout color pick something that has the same tones as your tile. You may want to lean towards a darker color, which can be easier to keep clean. Most flooring retailers have displays in their show rooms so you can shop and compare!