Tiling can be one of those projects we least enjoy as getting the lay out and pattern right may seem overwhelming. I have found careful planning and research can really make the project much simpler so I thought this month I would offer a few tips when tiling.
Firstly, when you have picked the tile you would like for your project, shop and purchase them using their batch numbers on the box. This is will ensure you avoid buying variations of colours and size.
There are many different ways to lay tiles, which you may have never considered. Below I will offer a few different styles to help you capture the look you are after.
Straight or stack bond tiling pattern is probably the most common style. The tiles are laid in straight lines so the grout lines make a grid like pattern. I find this style works best with square tiles.
Diagonal tiling patterns is similar to the stack bond pattern however the tiles are paid on a 45-degree angle – essentially turning square tiles into diamonds. I think this is best used in kitchens as splash backs or on the floor in small rooms as it will make the room appear larger.
If you want to tile your hallway or outdoor paths, I would suggest a Herringbone pattern. The tiles are laid to form a “V” pattern, which look like arrows pointing you in the ‘right’ direction. This is achieved by laying rectangular tiles in a zigzag fashion.
For a more traditional look, I would suggest using a Cobblestone pattern. This is similar to the Herringbone pattern, however around the edges of the arrows you place smaller square tiles to create a larger overall pattern, repeated across the floor.
There are many other different ways to lay tiles but the above are probably the most common. At the end of the day, each pattern can be extremely effective, as long as you take the time to lay out your pattern and choose the most appropriate style to suit both your home and the tiles you wish to use.