Choosing the right floor tile pattern is as important as the type of tile you use. Here are some common examples of the different ways tile can be installed to add interest to a floor.

Diagonal Floor Tile

  • Tiles are laid at a 45-degree angle to one another
  • Adds interest and movement to the floor
  • Makes the room appear larger by shifting focus to the tile spread

Octagonal with Dots

  • Similar to diagonal pattern, but adds accent tiles at intersections
  • Creates a focal point between tiles
  • Breaks up the criss-cross pattern



  • Rectangular tiles appear like the texture of a woven basket
  • Ideal for natural stone tiles
  • Best for small spaces


  • 4 rectangular tiles surrounding a square tile resembles a spinning windmill
  • Excellent as a border pattern or back-splash
  • Use a 2:1 length-width ratio for rectangular tiles; the square should equal rectangle width
  • Try a darker tile for the rectangle center for eye-catching accent


  • Larger tile should be roughly double the size of small tiles
  • Stick to 2 colors to give visual accent and avoid busy appearance
  • Excellent way to combine different types of tile for a dynamic look



  • Alternates two different tile colors
  • Can be used with straight lay or diagonal layout
  • Keep the rest of the room’s color patterns simple and complementary to the tile


Running Bond

  • Tiles are laid in rows, with the tile seams offset from the row above
  • Resembles the pattern of a brick or stone wall
  • Excellent for hiding uneven surfaces and other imperfect errors by creating a unified appearance


Zig-Zag or Herringbone

  • Places rectangular tiles on a perpendicular arrangement to one another for a zig-zag look
  • Can make a small or narrow room or hallway look larger
  • Avoid using in large rooms as it can be very busy


Modular, French, or Versailles

  • Uses 4 different sizes of tiles for a “controlled chaos” appearance
  • Attractive to the eye with a graceful elegance—both classic and modern
  • Great for use outdoors with natural stone tiles
  • Look for tile kits that have been specifically designed for this layout



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