Herringbone Tile Pattern – Tips for Nice Installation

Tips for Laying A Herringbone Tile Pattern

For tile projects there are a good number of patterns in which to lay the tiles. Depending on the size of the room, size of the tile and the overall design look you are trying to accomplish, you may find yourself leaning towards a herringbone pattern.

If you are a professional, you no doubt already know the importance of mastering various patterns; including the herringbone. If you are looking to get into the trade, you will not only need a high quality tile saw, but also to master a variety of tile patterns. This is because there will always be clients that are partial to a particular pattern. In this post, we will briefly cover some tips for laying a herringbone pattern.

This post is not meant to be a step-by-step guide. There a number of how-to articles readily available on the Internet. However, it can be a challenge to resist the temptation to take shortcuts when following a step-by-step guide. So, in this post, we will discuss some points to help you see the value in some of the seemingly unnecessary steps.

Finding The Center Point

Locating the center of the area to be tiled is not a requirement. However, we include it in our list of tips because this method produces a symmetrical pattern in the finished area. Not everyone will notice this degree of detail. Some will appreciate it and not even be able to pinpoint why it looks so good. But, people do perceive symmetry; even if they do not realize it.

Taking note of this subtlety in your projects might be difference between being a good tile installer and a great tile installer. Resisting the temptation to skip the step of finding the center point so you can begin at an edge is often worth it. Starting in a corner or on a wall may work well for some particular projects, but there are some projects that will need to be started in the center of the room.

Herringbone Tile Flooring

Deciding Which Way Your Tile Should Run

The herringbone tile pattern produces a finished surface that looks like it has arrows on it. These arrows will point in a specific direction. Deciding on which way you want the pattern to go will determine how you lay out the tiles during the dry fitting process.

In the image above, it seems like the choice would be easy to make. However, in a square room, it may become more difficult to choose the direction to run the pattern. Factors other than the room dimensions might come into play. For example, is there a focal point in the room? Do you want the pattern to point to a large doorway? These are things to keep in mind when deciding on the direction of your herringbone.

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Dry Fitting

This step can seem like it is not all that important. After all, your math may be spot on. However, dry fitting is the key to being able to determine how the floor will look when it is completed. By laying tiles out as they are going to be installed, you can see where your cuts will need to be made. Additionally, you can change your plans if you see something that you would prefer to do differently.

Using Spacers

Using spacers to position your tiles will give you a uniform look that feels “cleaner” or “crisp”. While skipping this technique might feel like a time saver, it can really impact the overall look of your floor tiling job.

These are just a few tips that can help you produce a nice, crisp, and uniform looking herringbone tile install. There may be even more tips that you could employ to improve the look of your finished floor or wall. In the end these tips will assist with producing the best looking finished product possible.

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