Choosing a Pattern for Your Floor Tile Project
Stone floor tiles add natural beauty to any living space, whether it is indoors or outdoors. Once you have made the decision to create a custom stone floor, think about what you want to achieve. Do you want something simple, complex, elegant? How big is your space? Do you want small tiles or large? Are there components of your décor that you want to highlight? If you take the time to answer these questions before you start your project, you are more likely to be pleased with the end result.
When you are tiling a space, one of the options is to incorporate a pattern. Many different patterns are available and each one has a different purpose or effect.
Probably the simplest and most common pattern is the straight lay. This pattern requires the least amount of experience and planning because you just lay square floor tiles in straight lines. The resulting long straight lines of grout can make a room seem longer or it can lead to a focal point that you want to highlight. If you are tiling a narrow room or hallway, a different pattern might be better due to this tendency to lengthen a space. The simplicity of this tile pattern prevents it from competing with other aspects of your décor.
The diagonal lay is also very popular and simple. The floor tiles are laid at a 45⁰ angle, creating the impression of diamonds instead of squares. The wide angles and radiating grout lines created by this pattern create the illusion that the room is larger than it actually is. This elegant look is often enhanced by smaller, differently-shaped or colored tiles laid at the corners of the larger tiles.
The running bond pattern employs rectangular floor tiles laid small end to small end, like bricks. Adjacent rows are offset by half the length of the preceding row. This pattern is easy to install and because of the offset feature, can hide small imperfections in the floor surface or the tiles. In addition to being used indoors, the pattern is also popular for outdoor walkways.
The herringbone is a more challenging and intricate-looking pattern. Rectangular floor tiles in the first row are laid at a 45⁰ angle. Each successive row is laid toward the first at the opposite 45⁰ angle. The wide angles draw the focus out, like the diagonal lay, making the space look bigger. Additionally, the Vs formed by the intersecting tiles can lead the eye to a desired focal point in a room.
In addition to these basic floor tile patterns, there are some modular patterns that can be utilized to add more interest and appeal. They are particularly well suited to stone tiles because the natural beauty of the stone combines well with the unordered effect. Modular patterns combine three or more tile sizes to create an apparently arbitrary pattern. The pattern originates in the middle of the space and is repeated throughout, creating the eye-pleasing random feel. Some patterns, like the Versailles pattern, are familiar to most people in the flooring industry, but some are specific to a particular installer.
The Versailles pattern uses four floor tile sizes. Another version uses four smaller tile sizes, which enables it to be used for smaller spaces. You may also see other patterns, like the French pattern. A tile retailer or wholesaler can show you some examples, give advice based on what you are trying to achieve, and help you decide how much material you will need for your project.
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