The Tile Laying Patterns you need to know
By Zephyr and Stone
You’ve finally found the perfect tile, but your job doesn’t end there! Now you need to decide how to lay it!
There are endless ways to lay tiles, with each pattern resulting in a very different look. We’ve compiled our favourites below to get you thinking about the best pattern for your space, to achieve the design you’ve been dreaming of.
Straight, or Stack Bond
By far the simplest tiling pattern, a stack bond sees tiles laid side by side in straight lines, to form a neat grid. This tiling pattern suits both square and rectangular tiles. A straight pattern is a safe choice if you’re tackling the tiling yourself and your skills are questionable, or quite frankly, non existent 😜
Stretcher Bond, or Brick Bond
In a Stretcher bond, square or rectangular tiles are laid in a brick pattern. Essentially each tile overlaps the tile above and below by half, resulting in staggered grout lines. Offsetting grout lines helps to hide imperfections in tiling, and walls which may not be perfectly straight. It’s also a great way to give an illusion of space and height. Stretcher bond can be laid horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
1/3 Stretcher Bond
This is by far our favourite laying pattern when laying large format rectangular tiles, such as 600mm x 1200mm. This laying pattern is very similar to the Stretcher Bond, except tiles overlap the tile above and below by one third instead of half.
Laying tiles in a diagonal pattern is an effective way of making a small room appear larger. Essentially square tiles are laid on a 45 degree angle, giving them a diamond shaped appearance. Diagonal patterns require more cuts when it comes to the corners of a room, so ensure you allow enough waste.
This pattern is achieved by laying rectangular tiles in a zig-zag pattern. It has the benefit of creating the illusion of more width, as the V shape created draws the eye outward. The Herringbone pattern is an elegant laying pattern which has been popular for hundreds of years, so is a timeless choice.
In this pattern, two rectangular tiles are laid next to each other, to form a square. The next pair of tiles are laid at a 90 degree angle from the first pair. The next row sees the pairs alternating from the first. When laid, the tiles appear to be woven, much like a basket.
One of our favourite laying patterns is the Chevron. This pattern uses rectangular tiles which have an angular cut on each end. The tiles are laid in rows, with each row facing the opposite direction to the row next to it, resulting in a V shape. This pattern results in a zig zag horizontal pattern that looks elegant and on-trend.
A Hexagon laying pattern requires Hexagon shaped tiles, which are laid together. Hexagon tiles look fabulous on feature walls and continue to be popular.
Small tiles that are laid in repeated shapes are referred to as mosaics. Typically Mosaics are sold by the sheet, and are attached to a mat or backing for ease of installation.
• Z + S Tip • Mosaics are a great choice for splashbacks, or areas where you want to achieve the look of stone, without the price tag. When selecting a product for a long kitchen splashback, using mosaic tiles means you won’t have to worry about joins.
So there you have it - our favourite tile laying patterns, laid out for you. Now all you have to do is pick a favourite.
When you meet your tiler onsite, it’s essential you clearly communicate your chosen laying pattern, and the orientation that you want the tiles laid, to ensure you get the result you want. Never assume your tiler will know the look you’re hoping to achieve!
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