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Tile Installation Patterns

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Tile Installation Patterns

Making your next tile project a design success isn’t just about selecting the right color and style. It's also about the layout of the tile itself. You'll need to decide on a pattern while keeping in mind that each pattern has different requirements. You can view common pattern types below. 

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Straight

This is the most common and simplest tile pattern. The tiles are installed in straight lines so the grout lines up like a grid.

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Basket Weave

The basket weave pattern has two rectangular tiles laid next to each other to form a square. The following pair of tiles are laid at 90 degrees to the first and so on. The horizontal and vertical lines then alternate on following rows.

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Brick

Just like the name says, a brick pattern uses square or rectangular tiles that are laid like bricks in a wall. The end of each tile is lined up with the center of the tiles that are both directly above and below it. This creates a staggered, yet cohesive look.

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Pinwheel

The pin wheel pattern is similar to the windmill. This design uses a small square tile surrounded by much larger square tiles to create the effect of a spinning pin wheel. Tiles in contrasting colors should be chosen for the best pin wheel effect.

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Diagonal

Tiles are installed on a 45-degree angle, turning square tiles into diamonds. The diagonal pattern can be used with a border as a feature in a kitchen backsplash or for an entire floor to make a small room look bigger.

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Windmill

To create the windmill pattern, four rectangular tiles are arranged around a square tile in the center. Using a square tile and grout in a contrasting color to the rectangles really make this pattern stand out. 

 
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Cobblestone

The cobblestone pattern starts with rectangular tiles laid in the herringbone style. Around the edges of these it has smaller square tiles to create a larger pattern that is then repeated across the floor.

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Herringbone

The herringbone pattern is achieved by laying tiles in a zig-zag pattern. This pattern is perfect for hallways or outdoor pathways, as the “V” in the pattern acts like arrows pointing you in the right direction.

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