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Picking the Tile Pattern and Layout that’s best for you!

If you’re currently renovating your home, or even just thinking about it, you’ll quickly learn there are a lot of decisions to make before the project even gets started. You’ll not only have to think about the color scheme that you are going for and the materials you want to use but you will also need to consider the installation – especially when it comes to tile flooring, bathroom shower walls and kitchen backsplashes. Deciding between a natural stone or a classic porcelain tile might just be the easy decision! In order to help you figure out the best layout for your kitchen, bathroom and beyond we’ll be sharing some of the most popular and trendy tile patterns available.


A stacked layout is the simplest there is. In this pattern tiles are place directly over top of one another, aligned to form a perfect grid. This modern look tends to work well in spaces that have clean lines and sharp angles.


A brick patterns is one of the most classic ways to lay subway tiles. In a brick pattern, each row of tiles is typically offset by half a tile width, which results in long, horizontal lines that can subtly widen a room. You can also spice this pattern up by using a contrasting color grout to really help make the tiles pop. For example – using a white tile with a dark gray grout. This is a great look for any space, especially larger areas where only one style and color of brick are being used to fill the space.

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Vertical Brick

This pattern is just the brick pattern rotated vertically so that the tiles now face up and down instead of left and right. This popular pattern gives a contemporary feel and is a great option for rooms that you’d like to add the illusion of height to.


A herringbone pattern is achieved by laying tiles at right angles into zigzag formations. This look is becoming increasingly more popular in traditional and transitional kitchens. This pattern really pops when you pair it with white cabinets but it tends to work best as a backsplash or on an accent wall. Covering a large surface in this pattern can look a little overwhelming. The herringbone pattern will definitely add sophistication to your space and can make even the simplest materials look high-end.

Basket Weave

Just like with the brick pattern, the basket weave pattern also utilizes rectangle tiles. These tiles are lined up in groups of either 2 or 3 vertically or horizontally to form a square. If the first square is made up of vertically positioned tiles, the adjacent squares will be made up of horizontally placed ones. The alternating between the horizontal and vertical squares creates the impression of the tiles being woven over and under each other just like a basket.

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While this design option is the total opposite of a pattern, solid slabs are becoming increasingly more popular – especially for backsplashes. Since this option is a bit pricier than your standard tiles we suggest this option if you have a smaller space where not much material is required. To achieve this look you will purchase one piece of material and have it cut to use for both your countertop and your backsplash.

In addition to the backsplash patterns mentioned above there are many other options out there that can be utilized. Some even incorporate 3-4 different sizes of tile that are pieced together to form interesting shapes and patterns. If you want to get really creative you might also want to consider adding a fun border or accent row into the designs. The possibilities are endless!

If you are ready to make your ideas a reality give our team a call and we will help you create your dream space with the perfect materials and patterns to fit your vision.


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