Creative Tile Layouts

Plain tiles might at times seem to be just that: a bit plain. If you’re somewhat worried about using too many patterns because you might get tired of seeing them after a relatively short period of time, then chances are you will purchase single-coloured tiles for your kitchen or bathroom. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that and you can always accessorise the room with patterns that can be removed very quickly.

Floor and Wall Herringbone

However, there might just be something a little bit too plain about some square, white tiles which have been arranged in the most predictable way. There is a way of having both; the plain and restraint look of single coloured tiles with the fabulousness and design awareness of pattern. The secret is in how the tiles are used and laid.

Centre Mosaics

Think outside the box and start to look at each tile, no matter how small or big, as a piece of a big pattern. You could doodle some patterns onto a piece of paper and see how they would translate when laid out with tiles for example. You could take other materials as a starting point. How about parquet wood flooring for example? Laid in a classic herringbone pattern, this can easily be translated into a tiling pattern. You can then even consider incorporating some different colours to make the look even more interesting.

Mosaic tiles are of course particularly well suited to be laid in patterns due to their small size. You could go completely overboard and have an entire floor designed with intricate patterns or just have one “centrepiece” whilst keeping the surrounding floor area very plain for an elegant and high-impact look.

Hexagons in Hexagons

Think about the shape of the tile itself. If you’re using hexagonal tiles, then why not carry on that theme and lay them in a hexagonal pattern. It doesn’t matter if the tiles are small or large, this is a look that works really well in both cases. Here, white, black and light grey make the pattern sophisticated and calm whilst providing some interest. If you’re looking to use square tiles, then the same three colours could easily be used to make a fun gingham pattern.


You will of course need to consider your own overall style. If your home tends to be more fun and bohemian than classic and elegant, then a roman-inspired pattern will probably not be right. However, a pretty flower pattern made from relatively few coloured tiles would really fit that look, don’t you think?


Not all patterns need to be overblown statements or immediately obvious. Breaking up a plain-tiled wall with just a few statement tiles is a great way to add a subtle eye-catcher. Even more subtle but very interesting is the idea to use metro tiles vertically. There’s something rather cool about this look which is at the same time unusual and classic, don’t you think?


I hope this post has inspired you to experiment a little with different ways to lay your tiles. If you have a great idea of your own, why not let us know in the comments?

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Originally from Paris, Carole previously lived in Germany and settled in London in 2009. Initially aspiring to become an interior designer, Carole soon discovered that she hated drawing floor plans, but loved putting the finishing touches in after the main build was done. Since then, she’s never looked back and has eked out a career as an in-demand interiors stylist here in the UK.