How will you lay out your tiles?
So you’ve chosen the tile that suits your style, but now you need to decide which fabulous layout to use when arranging them on your wall or floor. With there being a multitude of different tile layouts, this can be difficult, especially as the layout will make a dramatic difference to the overall look of the room.
Brickwork layout is a favourite for a good reason; it’s so simple but creates a stunning design that complements any style. Brick bond works perfectly with metroshaped tiles especially when combined with a contrasting grout colour. But if you’re looking to make a real statement, why not add a stunning tile boarder creating a beautiful feature that will fit perfectly into any room.
Herringbone pattern is perfect for adding interest and impact to a small space. Customarily seen on wooden parquet floors, the arrow effect of the pattern draws the eye up and down, which is accentuated depending on the length of the tiles themselves. This effectively elongates a space turning it into a feature, rather than an afterthought.
By using a variety of tile sizes you can create a random effect (which in truth is not actually random and actually takes a lot of consideration to ensure the tiles are placed well). Our Loire Ecru Rustic large format floor tiles show how this random design can enhance the style of the tiles and create a stunning feature.
Black and white checkerboard tiles are a classic choice for floors but you don’t need to be the owner of a period home for this to look fabulous in your space. This crisp look is best in a hallway, inviting visitors into the stylish recesses of your home but it also adds instant character to bathrooms, cloakrooms and utility rooms too. Our Bamboo black/white decor tiles show the stunning effect that black and white tiles can have on a design.
If you have large tiles then the best way to help them reach their full potential is to lay them out in a simple, horizontal grid pattern or stack bond design. This helps to make small rooms feel bigger and creates a sleek effect, with fewer grout lines. For a bit of interest and to help the walls look taller, turn them on their vertical. You could consider a running board effect to create interest but this works most effectively in a symmetrical room.
Create a diagonal grid by choosing two different colours of the same tile. This can be a relatively inexpensive way to create a patterned floor. Basket weave styles 1 and 2 look fabulous too, and bring both oodles of interest, yet also a tidy symmetry to your tiled surface.