Patterns for Different Shapes of Tile

Tile Layout Ideas by Shape

It’s important to consider how the tile shape you choose to install can drastically impact the vibe of the room. Learn from The Tile Shop how you can experiment with multiple sizes, patterns and shapes that will dazzle every time you enter the room.

1. Subway Tile Patterns

Rectangular subway tile is one of the most popular installations because it’s a classic look that can be customized to your personal style. The standard size is 3” x 6”, but you’ll find a broad range of sizes these days like 2" x 4", 4" x 8" or even elongated sizes like 2” x 8”, 3” x 12”, 4” x 12” and 4” x 16”. Most common in an offset pattern, this versatile tile also looks great in herringbone, 1/3 offset and vertical.

herringbone subway tile pattern

The herringbone pattern is a popular one for its timeless appeal.

straight subway tile pattern

Aligning your subway tiles horizontally creates interesting vertical lines.

offset subway tile pattern

Larger-than-average subway tiles open up your space with fewer grout lines for modern appeal.

vertical straight subway tile pattern

Flipping subway tiles vertically takes your space to new heights.

2. Mosaic Tile Patterns

The range of shapes, styles and colors of glass mosaic tiles allows you to create a unique look that makes a statement. Rectangular, square, penny round and hexagonal shapes work well in patterns like chevron, Amalfi, stria, Athens, Cardine and much more.

Amalfi mosaic tile pattern

Disassemble a stria mosaic and layer it with other trim pieces to create a framed look.

Athens mosaic tile pattern

A vertically installed stria creates a stripe of interest and makes your shower appear taller.

chevron mosaic tile pattern

A chevron mosaic this stunning deserves to be framed like the work of art it is.

stria mosaic tile pattern

Create polished shine while adding easy-clean properties to a bathroom accent wall.

3. Hexagon Tile Patterns

Hexagonal tiles are available as tiny shapes for mosaic designs and large-format sizes that make a room appear bigger and more open. Install patterns with different colors to add an alluring element to hexagonal tiles of the same size.

white hexagon tile pattern

Dark grout accentuates the large hexagons placed from tub to ceiling.

multicolor hex tile pattern

Painted-look hexagonal tiles have statement floor written all over them.

wood look hex tile pattern

Hexagons take wood-look tile to a modern place.

mosaic hexagon tile pattern

This small-scale mosaic is the perfect proportion for a small inset.

4. Square Tile Patterns

Create a classic look by installing square patterns in a straight lay, diagonally (at a 45-degree angle), offset (brick lay) or in a pinwheel pattern. To take it up a notch, try mixing materials or installing a Versailles pattern, which is a ready-made combination of different sizes of squares and rectangles, to form an eye-catching design.

offset square tile pattern

Soft grey floor tiles are the perfect neutral base for any room.

stacked square tile pattern

A simple layout is enhanced with a boldly patterned tile.

pinwheel square tile pattern

This Versailles layout comes with built-in patterns that take out the guesswork.

diagonal square tile pattern

This warm, welcoming color is only enhanced by the angled layout.

5. Plank Tile Patterns

Tiles with a rectangular plank shape work well in a horizontal grid, offset, staggered, herringbone, chevron and many more patterns. In recent years, longer, wider planks have started to steal the spotlight, especially with wood-look and natural stone flooring.

1/3 offset plank tile pattern

Simplicity reigns with this classic pattern and contemporary color.

offset rectangular tile pattern

A chic base starts with a traditional offset tile layout.

chevron plank tile pattern

This is one example where the natural coloring and veining of the tile is only enhanced by a unique pattern.

stacked rectangular tile pattern

Contrasting grout takes this tile layout to a more modern place.

These are only a few examples of ways you can utilize shapes to create stunning tile patterns and layouts. Stop in to your nearest The Tile Shop to check out the latest selections in fashionable tile flooring.

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