Popular Tiling Patterns for Hard Floor Kitchens
Tiling kitchen floors is a task that many find full of options. One such option is what pattern you lay the tile in. There are several patterns from which to choose. In this article, we will take a look at some of the popular tiling patterns that can be used for kitchen tile flooring. As you will see there is no shortage of options when it comes to popular tile patterns for hard floor kitchens. So once you’ve got your commercial quality wet tile saws set up, why not try some of these:
Offset Patterns (A.K.A. Brick)
One of the tiling patterns we want to look at is the actually a number of patterns. Simply put, the name of the pattern is the offset, but there are variations of it. For example, the tiles may be square tiles or they may be rectangle tiles. Either way though, the tiles in a row are offset from the row directly above and below it. However, there are variations to the pattern as well.
Using a particular shape of tile is not the only variation when using the offset pattern for laying tiles. You may also adjust the amount of the offset. Two common offset amounts are:
- 33% Offset (A.K.A. One-third Offset)
- 50% Offset (A.K.A. Staggered Offset)
As you can see, this tiling pattern can be referred to by a number of names by blending the variations above. By using the pattern name variations and the offset name variations, you could theoretically see this pattern mentioned by any of the following names:
- 33% Brick
- 50% Brick
- Half Offset
- One-third Brick
- 33% Staggered
- Staggered Brick
- One-third Offset
- Staggered Offset
- 50% Staggered
- Perhaps Other Variations
In fact, here is the same pattern but in a 1/3 offset arrangement:
Regardless though, the concept is the same. Each row is offset from the one above it, and either by one third the width of the tile or by half their width.
Another tiling pattern that is searched about online quite often is the herringbone pattern. This pattern, shown in the photo above, is one that sometimes gets confused with another pattern that is similar in appearance, we will get to that one shortly. The herringbone pattern though has some important design and layout steps that must be cared for so that it looks the best it can when you have finished it. So, before you begin, be sure you know how to prepare for installing the herringbone tile pattern.
In the last paragraph, we said there was a pattern that was similar in appearance to the herringbone pattern. That pattern is the Chevron pattern. Like the herring bone pattern the chevron is arranged the same. However, instead of the the ends of the tile overlapping, they are cut at a 45° angle so that the ends form a continuous seem at the point where the two tiles meet. This makes the seem appear to run right up the the middle of a chevron; hence, the name.
Stacked (Straight) Patterns
The next specimen in our popular tiling patterns list is the “Stack” or “Straight” Pattern. Like other patterns, this pattern goes by various names. It is identifiable by the fact that the edges are lined up and that the tiles are all the same size and are laid in the same direction. The direction the tiles run is what determines the variation (if the tiles are not square). The variations are as follows:
- Vertical Stacked
- Horizontal (Grid) Stacked
Next up in our consideration of tiling patterns is the Windmill pattern. This pattern is created by using four rectangle tiles to border a square tile in the center. As you can see in the photo above, notice that the square, center tile has sides that are half the length of the long side of each of the four rectangular tiles.
Pinwheel (Hopscotch) Pattern
This tiling pattern is similar to the one just mentioned (Windmill). One difference in the image above is that the pattern is rotated 45° and the surrounding tiles are square instead of rectangle. This pattern (like the windmill pattern) looks especially nice when contrast is used effectively to add depth.
Versailles (French) Pattern
The Versailles pattern is more elaborate than most of the others. It make use of multiple tile sizes and does not appear to be a repeating pattern at first glance. Because of this, the Versailles pattern appears more random and is liked by designers that are trying to give a non-symmetric feel to a room.
Cobblestone Tile Pattern
This is another pattern designed to not be obviously patterned. Although only two sizes of tiles are used, They are arranged in such a way that the pattern is spacious so the repeat points are not close to each other. This makes it more difficult to see the repetition. By the same token though, it makes it harder to create.
Basket Weave Pattern
The Basket Weave tiling pattern is simple but appealing. Easily created with 1 size of tile in which the tile’s length is three times that of its width; or vice versa. The tiling pattern is achieved by laying three tiles vertically, then three horizontally, then three vertically, then three horizontal… On the next pass, the vertical groups and horizontal groups are switched up for variation.
This tiling pattern makes use of tiles that are in the shape of a hexagon. The tiling can be decorative or can be a combination of colors to make use of contrast like the image above shows. Of course, multiple colors and patterns could be used together as well.
The chessboard pattern uses two colors of tiles. The tiles are alternated to form a distinctive pattern that looks like a chessboard (or checkerboard). This pattern is one of the easiest to create since the tiles are placed in a straight line.
Diagonal Diamond Pattern
The diagonal diamond pattern could be described as a variation on the chessboard pattern. Each tile is turned 45° and alternating colors of tiles are used. This pattern is often used in kitchen back splashes. Another place this tiling pattern is for floors. Using this tiling pattern can make a room look larger and is great for small rooms like bathrooms.
The English bond tiling pattern is a simple pattern the uses tiles of 2 sizes. Additionally, each row uses the tile size opposite of the one above and below it. The alternating rows line up to form a nice symmetrical pattern that feels like it has a bit of added strength.
The Flemish Bond pattern is similar to the English Bond pattern in that it uses two sizes of tiles. However, the difference is that each course of tiling is the same (alternating tile sizes) but the are offset so that each tile is resting in the middle of the tile above and below it.
As we have seen, there are quite a number of tiling patterns from which to choose! Furthermore, by combining some of these patterns with color variations and texture combos, there is virtually no end to the unique designs you can create.