Tile Layout and Designs

​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.

Tile Layout and Designs

Brick bond

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 metro shaped 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). They can enhance the style of the tiles and create a stunning feature. More info on this style below.

Loire ecru


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.

Stack bond

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.

Stack bond

Get creative

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.

Tile Layout and Designs

Each design creates a different effect - so take one simple floor or wall tile and create something beautiful with it.

Modular Floor Tile Designs

Modular Floor Tiles are a great way of adding interest and unique tile designs to the floor. Different sized tiles are fixed to the floor to form a regular pattern; usually 3 or 4 different sized tiles are used. It can be really interesting to add detail to the floor, where people may not always notice. In a regular floor tile design, tiles can be stack-bonded which creates straight lines on the floor. The difference with a modular floor tile design is that the eye lingers on the different sized tiles and does not follow a straight grout line to the edge of the room.

There are many different styles of modular floor tiles - stone effect in a variety of colours, solid colours and contemporary designs as well as country. Each modular floor design will come with a tile pattern template, available upon request. Check out our modular floor tiles page, which highlights some of our favourite modular floor tile designs. It is great to see setting pictures to bring the tiles to life and help you decide which tiles appeal to you.

Lansdown modular new

Lansdown Modular Range

The beautiful Landown Modular floor tiles are a realistic stone design that has colour variations to add detail and charm to the floor. The elegance of the traditional soft stone can be continued outdoors as well indoors. Four different sized tiles are incorporated into the modular design, which come as a random colour mix. This can create the illusion of more space in the room, as your eye lingers on the pattern and colour instead of following straight grout lines towards the edges of the room.