Tile Layout Patterns

Different Types of Tile Patterns

Wherever you’re laying tile in your home, our experts at The Tile Shop are available to help you choose a beautiful pattern—either subtle or eye-catching—that enhances your room’s decor.

1. Herringbone Layout

herringbone tile pattern layout
herringbone tile layout

This pattern is made up of V-shaped rows of 45-degree angled rectangular tiles. Popular on backsplashes, we love how subway and wood-look tile work in a herringbone layout.

2. Offset/Staggered Brick Layout

offset tile pattern
running bond tile layout pattern

Also known as a running bond, this common brickwork pattern has each tile start at the center of the tile below it. A classic subway tile pattern, this layout is great for both floors and walls.

3. 1/3 Offset Layout

1/3 offset tile pattern
one third offset tile pattern

Each tile in this pattern offsets the tile below it by one third of its length, creating a diagonal effect. This layout is often used with one-, two- or three-color designs.

4. Grid (Stacked) Layout

grid tile layout pattern
stacked tile pattern

This layout is a basic pattern where square tiles are set in a straight line to create a look that’s simple and clean.

5. Stacked Vertical Layout

stacked vertical tile layout
stacked vertical tile pattern

In this pattern, tiles are stacked vertically, emphasizing the height of your space by making your walls seem higher. Large-format and subway tile are particularly striking in this layout.

6. Pinwheel (Hopscotch) Layout

pinwheel tile layout
hopscotch tile pattern

This pattern uses a smaller square tile at each corner of a larger square to mimic the look of a spinning pinwheel. Pinwheel is a popular flooring pattern, especially with ceramic tile or in small bathrooms.

7. Random Layout

random tile pattern layout
random tile pattern

Get creative and install your tile in a pattern with no distinct pattern. Try this style on your floors with tiles of three or four colors.

8. Versailles (French) Layout

Versailles tile layout
French tile layout

This elegant pattern uses square and rectangular tiles to create a puzzle-like, repeating design. We love using the Versailles layout on floors with natural stone like travertine and slate.

9. Basket Weave (Geometric) Layout

basket weave tile layout
basket weave tile pattern

This timeless design uses a mosaic of tiles with tiny squares that resemble the over-under stitching motion of a woven basket.

10. Diagonal (Diamond) Layout

diamond tile layout
diagonal tile pattern

This layout uses square tiles laid at 45-degree angles. A great way to make your floors appear wider, we also love it for walls and backsplashes.

11. Chevron Layout

chevron tile pattern
chevron tile layout pattern

Similar to herringbone, this layout instead has the shorter end of the tiles lined up to form a mitered (45-degree) joint. Unless your tile is specifically designed for this layout, it will have to be cut to fit.

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