Porcelain vs Ceramic Tile

Tile Installation Patterns

1. Straight

The straight pattern, sometimes referred to as grid, is the most common and simplest tiling pattern. Tiles are laid in straight lines so grout lines end up in a grind pattern. This pattern works well with any size tile and maintains a simplistic look.

2. Diamond

The diamond pattern is similar to the straight pattern, except the tiles are laid on a 45-degree angle, turning square tiles into diamond. This style can be used for an entire floor to make a small room look bigger. Commonly used for bathroom floors.

3. Brick/Offset/Running Bond

This pattern goes by many names, but is commonly used with any size rectangular or square tile. The tiles can be offset by any amount. Commonly a 50/50 offset is used for a traditional brick look and a 30/70 offset for a more contemporary look.

4. Checkerboard

The checkerboard pattern requires different colour square tiles. This pattern can be laid straight or diagonal. Using black and white is common look that creates a classic vintage feel.

5. Windmill

The windmill pattern requires two tiles, a rectangle and a square that is half the size of the rectangle (i.e., 6x12 and 6x6). Rectangle tiles are placed around the square to create a windmill effect. 

6. Hopscotch

The hopscotch pattern is similar to the windmill, this layout uses a large square tile and a square tile 2 times smaller (i.e., 12x12 and 6x6).

7. Herringbone

The herringbone pattern can be used with any size rectangle tile. This pattern on floors adds interest to your room and works well in both a traditional or contemporary design.

8. Modular Versailles 

The modular versailles pattern is a great option weather you’re looking for something traditional or timeless, this unique pattern is sure to attract attention to your tile. This pattern requires several different shapes tiles, it’s best to use a series that was designed specifically for this pattern.

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