Tile Laying Patterns


After you have selected the perfect design of tiles for your house, the way you arrange it on your walls and floors makes all the difference. Some very simple-looking tiles can be stylishly arranged to appear chic. The arrangement can be outstanding if it carries a statement that makes the commonest of designs appear unique. This is an inexpensive method that allows you to pour in your creativity to the fullest. To give you a sense of what you can easily accomplish in your home, here are some tiles laying patterns that can add character to interior design.


Chic Floors - regular laying pattern created by using standard black and white tiles 

Here are some laying patterns that could open many options of design for flooring and walls. Each of them are easy to replicate and can be the highlight of your home. Tile companies today, manufacture products that are especially suited for each of these designs.


  1.     The Herring Bone Pattern


The Herringbone tiling pattern is a stylish twist to the vintage classic. Many tile companies come up pattern looks visually sophisticated for flooring. If you are laying tiles in this pattern, get 20% extra as damage may happen while cutting and breaking.


 2.     The Diamond Pattern

This classic pattern is found in most day-to-day homes. This is also called the checkerboard pattern when two tiles of contrasting colours are used. Like the herringbone pattern, the diamond pattern includes cutting of tiles. Remember to keep 20% extra for damage due to cuts and breakages.  


 3.     Small Format Brick Bond Pattern

The small brick bond laying pattern is ideal for tiles with dimensions under 30X60 cm. This is also called the Running pattern with each tile placed at half the length of the adjacent tile. This involves less cutting so getting a mere 10% extra should suffice. Most tile companies recommend this pattern for smaller rooms.


 4.     Linear Bond Pattern


This is the simplest laying pattern that showcases the beauty of each and every tile and makes the floor look expansive. Most tile companies recommend this laying pattern.


 5.     Basketweave Pattern

This design is suited for expansive floors. It uses a combination of squares and rectangles that creates a woven effect. This tiling pattern uses little cutting and breakages, so having an extra 10% will be just enough.


 6.    Modular Pattern


This laying design involves 3 different tile sizes. When tiles are laid in this pattern, leave 10% extra for cuts and breakages. Many tile companies manufacture sets that are especially designed for modular laying pattern.


 7.     Arabesque


This is a popular arabesque pattern that involves cutting and many times, uses complementary or contrasting colours to bring out the beauty in design.

Choosing the most suitable pattern for tile laying that complements the size of room and also highlights the right spots can be quite a challenging task. To help you cope with the nitty-gritty of tile laying, here are some helpful hints –

  1. No room is a perfect square, so always start laying patterns from one egde, preferably away from the entrance.
  2.  For perfectly flat tile laying, remember to level the floor as much as possible.
  3. For random patterns, the installer keeps the design in mind which in most cases calculates as –
    1.                                     i.    12" x 12"    60%
    2.                                    ii.    6" x 12"      40%
    3.                                   iii.    6" x 6"        40%

Consulting with tile companies about the possibility of integrating patterns is always helpful.