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Patterns for Different Tile Materials

Tile Layout Ideas by Material

From ceramic to porcelain to natural stone, the material you choose for your tile installation can drastically impact the character of your floors and walls. Learn about different patterns and layouts to get some inspiration then stop in to The Tile Shop location near you to check out more examples in person.

1. Best Patterns for Ceramic Tile

The wide variety of shapes, colors, sizes and designs available in ceramic tile means that there’s no limit to the ways you can customize the layout in your home. Available in plank, hexagonal, square, rectangular, mosaic and more, there’s a ceramic tile that will work for any pattern you have in mind, from offset to Versailles and everything in between.

Contemporary shower wall with grey large-format tile and black and gold glass mosaic.

Whether they’re installed vertically or horizontally, on the walls or on the floors, rectangular tiles are popular option for their versatility.

patterned floor tiles.

A simple square tile achieves a new level of style when it’s emblazoned with a stunning, vintage-inspired pattern.

white wall tiles.

Creating a grid pattern with your ceramic wall tiles offers a different twist on a well-loved shape and style.

Laundry room backsplash with blue subway tile and metallic copper penny round mosaic.

Some patterns are classics for a reason. You’ll never tire of this timeless, offset subway tile pattern.

2. Best Patterns for Wood Plank Tile

While planks are the most popular style of wood-look tile, it’s also available in hexagonal, chevron and mosaic shapes. Most faux-wood floors have a staggered plank layout, but patterns like herringbone can make your tile floor more modern and interesting.

shades of dark blue wall tiles.

Wood look has come a long way. This mosaic combines the traditional appearance of wood with an unexpected color and pattern.

stone wall tiles.

Install a classic wood-look plank pattern on the walls for a fresh take on this style.

hexagon blue floor tiles.

This fearless installation of hexagonal, colorful wood-look tile is greatly rewarded with a completely unique floor.

Wood-look tile in a herringbone pattern adds elegant, modern appeal to the floors of your living area.

3. Best Patterns for Travertine Tile

The natural tones of travertine add warmth and texture to your walls and floors, and installing tile in an engaging layout like Versailles will add a whole new dynamic to the room.

wood like tiles.

This Versaille pattern allows the naturally varying colors and veining of travertine stone to shine.

ceramic tiles in bathroom area.

Flip your favorite travertine tile on its head for a pattern that visually extends the height of your room.

A bolder, dark-colored travertine is a modern way to incorporate natural stone into your shower design.

Kitchen backsplash.

When you combine multiple pieces from a travertine collection together, you can create coordinated pockets of interest, like this framed backsplash.

4. Best Patterns for Marble Tile

Marble tile is available in shapes like hexagonal, arabesque, mosaic, herringbone and many more. Installing large-format marble flooring is a way to add elegance and luxury in your home.

pattern wall tiles in bathroom are.

This dappled, green-toned marble gives one-of-a-kind coloring to a backsplash or accent wall and is further accentuated by the elegant arabesque shape.

shades of grey tiles.

Clean lines and flowing veining define this elegant tile design.

Shower accent featuring sophisticated marble mosaic tile.

There's no better way to call attention to a unique marble mosaic than framing it out with coordinating trim pieces.

Bathroom with green marble on wall with white basketweave marble tile on floor.

How do you incorporate multiple patterns in the same room without the look getting too busy? Just make sure they are all coordinating colors, like these marble subway tiles and mosaics.

5. Best Patterns for Slate Tile

Since it’s available in everything from large-format squares to thin bars to wide planks, there are a variety of layouts available for your slate tile installation. Add some personality and depth with a Versailles, brick or broken natural pattern.

Simply turning these square tiles on the diagonal completely changes the look.

An offset pattern works well with large-format tiles because it keeps the tiles as the focus and minimizes the amount of grout lines.

This stacked slate tile floor pattern evokes the feeling of an outdoor patio, adding a natural element to your installation.

The natural look of slate works well in this rustic bathroom.

6. Best Patterns for Porcelain Tile

There are countless layouts that work well with porcelain tile. Herringbone, diagonal (or 45-degree angled) lay, straight lay, brick lay and pinwheel are just a few of the interesting patterns that will make your floors and walls stand out.

black floor tiles.

This herringbone patterned floor featuring contrasting tile and grout colors undeniably makes a statement.

marble wood look tiles.

Marble-look porcelain tile takes on high-end appeal in an offset pattern.

dark brown floor tiles.

Do not adjust your computer monitor. These are indeed porcelain, wood-look tiles, laid in a classic plank pattern to mimic the wood look even further.

marble tiles and textured wall tiles.

Perfect for commercial or residential locations, we love a grid pattern with these polished, large-format porcelain tiles.

7. Mixing Materials

When installing your tile, don’t be afraid to mix materials like ceramic, wood look and natural stone. Selecting patterns in similar colors is a way to make different materials fit seamlessly together. Mosaic tile is available in a mix of materials like glass and travertine, allowing you to create a unique blend of hues and finishes.

Recessed shelf with blue, brown, and white chevron mosaic. A plant and body wash sit on the shelf.

Choose one color from a mosaic to pull out and use on the walls for a perfectly coordinated shower.

White arabesque and mirror subway tile in bathroom with elegant freestanding tub.

Mirrored subway tiles and a stunning mirror-accent mosaic are a match made in metallic heaven.

Black and whtie shower with 3-D diamond marble wall tile with black marble wall and floor tile.

Mixing diamante-shaped white marble and large-format black rectangular tiles teaches a lesson in doing contrast the right way.

copper brick wall with shower niche.

There’s nothing like brick-look tile and brushed metallics to create a modern industrial space.

It can be helpful to check out our different patterns in person so you can view (and touch) the different styles for yourself. Our expert store associates at The Tile Shop are an excellent resource if you want to learn more.

Nothing beats seeing the tile in person. Come in to browse our huge selection of tile options at a store near you.