When choosing materials for remodeling or building a home careful decisions need to be made. This is especially true of choosing tile and which tile patterns to use in each room. Learning the different tile pattern names can help when trying to convey desires to tile contractors and when choosing the right tiles for a specific pattern.
Some tiles work best with certain patterns, and some tiles can make patterns less desirable if not matched with the right pattern. The best way to learn about the different pattern options, and which rooms they will work best in is to do some research. Seeing a picture of a pattern set in a room similar to your own can help make the decision as to whether it will work for a particular project.
Patterns often work best in specific rooms, such as how the checkerboard pattern looks great in kitchens, entryways, and bathrooms. This classic pattern works great with just two colors, generally just black and white, or white with tan or gray. Making this pattern even more stunning, a diagonal setting of tiles for the border or using the darkest color as a straight lined border can really accentuate the checkerboard pattern.
A lot of patterns are great at creating a more open feel to rooms that have limited space. When the walls seem to be closing in, using patterns like the herringbone, windmill, pinwheel and hopscotch can make these claustrophobic rooms seem much larger than they are. The reason these intricate patterns make rooms seem larger is because they create a sort of illusion.
When walking into a small room that has one of these intricate floor tile patterns, the eyes are drawn to the pattern versus the space limitations of a room. The stacked V shapes of the herringbone pattern seem to lure the eyes to feel they are in a larger room. The same is true of the windmill and hopscotch patterns, these neatly stacked differently sized and different colored tiles work wonders at creating illusions of largeness.
Most of these patterns can work well in any room, with any style, and with any texture or color of tile. Many wall tile patterns can also be used on floors, such as the running bond pattern. Often referred to as the brick pattern, the staggered tiles of different colors have a high weight load bearing that makes them perfect for use on floors.
Another pattern that is versatile is the straight lay pattern, one of the easiest patterns to work with, even for a beginner. The long straight lines of the straight lay out makes it easy to create a stunning floor or wall in any room. What makes this pattern unique is that border features or medallions can be incorporated into it as a focal point, or as an addition to draw attention to another focal point.
Tile size can also influence the look of a room. For example, larger tiles can make a small room feel much bigger than it really is. Even small tiles have the same effect when paired with the perfect pattern. Taking the time to learn about different patterns and how they can work to make a room look more spectacular is the best way to determine the perfect pattern for any tile project.