Tile Patterns On The Go

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Tile PatternsHaving a phenomenal looking room or even home can easily be accomplished when using tile. It is not only one of the best choices for protecting walls and floors but also decorating them so they shine.  But you will undoubtedly need to take a look at the top tile patterns first to help you on your quest.  So here’s a fast introduction you can use to get started.

Why You Should Try To Get It Right The First Time

It’s important to take your time and try to pick the right layout.  This means finding something that you actually like not one that was recommended to you by a friend or professional that you felt pressured to use.  Most tile installations will be in your life for many years to come, so it’s a smart idea to take it slow and read up on your options before you make a final decision.  You can of course always remove tile and may do so anyway in the future when you decide to upgrade again. However, it does cost money and take some time.  And no one wants to be stuck looking at a tile pattern they don’t really like day in and day out.  So pay attention and get your ideas flowing as you read on.

Simple Options Are Sometimes The Best Ones

Many people automatically assume that the more complicated a pattern is the better it looks.  And while many complex ones are stunning that doesn’t mean you should overlook the basics.  The straight lay tile pattern for example is installed so that all the tiles are in a straight line and even with the tiles on the right and left sides.  It’s simple yet with the right material and size tile can make a really big impression.  It can also save you some money if you will be installing it yourself.  It’s actually the first layout a beginner in DIY techniques should try.

Medium Might Be More Your Style

While many homeowners love the straight lay, and that is one of the reasons why you’ll see it in millions of homes around the world, some are looking for something a little different.  The running bond tile pattern is just that.  The tiles don’t line up in this one, but instead start at the halfway mark of the one above and below them.  This layout is one that still could be attempted by a beginner with not a lot of tile setting skills, but would be easier for you if you have had a little bit of experience first.  Sometimes this pattern is also called the brick since it is used on brick walls.

Difficult Patterns For Those With Serious Skills Or A Taste For The Intricate

Complex layouts are always eye catching and many portray a look of luxury.  One of the most well-known is the windmill tile pattern.  It gets its name because of the fact that it looks very similar to a windmill spinning in the wind.  With this one you need to use four rectangular tiles to form a square and then in the center place one smaller square tile.  This is one option that can look totally different when used with different materials.  It can be particularly impressive when used with stone.  Checking out it how it looks in the material you prefer first therefore is always a smart idea.  And even though this is not the most complex pattern out there you should leave it for the professionals to install unless you have a high skill level. If you do plan to install it on your own you may need to make some cuts so don’t forget the proper safety equipment such as eyewear, gloves, and ear protection.

Ask A Pro If You Need More Help

If you are really unsure about what tile layout patterns suit you best and which one you prefer the most, don’t be afraid to hire a professional.  Interior designers can give you some fabulous tips and often will show you many examples all of which that will go with the theme and style of your home and the specific space where your project will be.  If you plan on hiring a contractor they should have some excellent input as well based on having installed many layouts themselves.  Don’t forget to look at images on the internet and in magazines for inspiration and if you’re lucky you may have a friend or relative who has a tile pattern you like in their home.

You now know the basics for getting started.  Take a few hours and think about whether you want something simple, medium in complexity, or very intricate.  And don’t be shy to ask the pro’s, that’s what they are there for; their opinion can only help you to gain insight into what tile patterns will work best for your space.