There are several different ways to lay out tile flooring. These different variations create a host of different patterns, and you are encouraged to choose the one that best suits your style and preference.

It is important to note that each decorative ceramic tiles pattern comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, you need to identify these pros and cons before settling on one particular pattern for your floor. The following are some of the most popular tile patterns available that you can use on your home.

  1. The brick pattern

The brick pattern, otherwise referred to as the running bond, is a common layout tile pattern. The pattern involves laying the tiles out in a manner that offsets the seams of each tile by half of the width of the tile.

The pattern is quite simple to lay out, but you will need to be very accurate when it comes to measuring the distance between each seam. Be wary of making a mistake with spacing on one tile, as this mistake will be replicated throughout the entire row. The entire floor will look mismatched as a result, making the room look and feel confused.

If you do happen to make a mistake with the spacing, you can still salvage the pattern. You can achieve this by adjusting the width of the seams as you go down the row. Do this slightly for each grout line until you are comfortable with how the row looks in terms of grout distance and spacing.

Experts recommend using this pattern on rectangular or square shaped tiles.

Advantages of this pattern:

  • This is a simple pattern to install even for novice installers such as homeowners
  • There is minimal waste of tile
  • There is less stress on the seams of the tile, which reduces the risk of the tiles cracking or breaking
  • This pattern has an aesthetic appeal

Disadvantages of this pattern:

  • A lot of accuracy is required to lay out this pattern perfectly. This might be difficult for some inexperienced individuals
  1. The corridor pattern

Another simple pattern that you can use when laying out your ceramic tiles, the corridor pattern is ideal if you want to play around with the tile sizes. This tile pattern consists of using two differently sized tiles in alternate rows. The tiles on one row are usually of a different size than the tiles in the other row. The alternate row, also referred to as the corridor row, should consist of narrower tiles than the main row. These narrower tiles should also be rectangular for the best results.

It might be tempting to bring in a new color for the alternate, ‘corridor’ row. However, introducing a different color for this row will reduce the aesthetic allure of the pattern. It is thus best to ensure that all of the tiles are the same color.

Advantages of this pattern:

  • As mentioned above, this is a very simple pattern to install. Most people would hardly require expensive professional help for the installation process.
  • It is more interesting than several of the other common patterns. This pattern is less mundane.

Disadvantages of this pattern:

  • The main disadvantage of this pattern comes when you bring in a different color for the alternate row. The result is the floor looks like a sea of jail bars.
  1. The Basket weave pattern

This ceramic tiles pattern is a very attractive floor pattern. You can create this pattern by installing the tiles in pairs at a 90- degree angle to one another. It is simple and does not require as much precision as the brick pattern.

Advantages of this pattern:

  • The aesthetic appeal of this pattern is off the chart
  • It is a unique pattern and will definitely draw attention
  • It looks complex but it is quite easy to install

Disadvantages of this pattern:

  • It is not appropriate for large floors; otherwise, it becomes visually confusing.