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A Beginner's Guide To Tile Patterns

Are you considering updating a kitchen backsplash,

installing a tile shower, or building a new home?

Then this article is for you!

Many of my clients spend time on Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz trying to find the perfect inspiration picture for their dream kitchen, bathroom, or accent wall. They have the look, but often can't explain the tile pattern to their contractor or designer.

Not anymore!

Today I am breaking down some of the most common tile patterns.

Let's get started....

1) Brickset

A brickset pattern is a common pattern seen with subway tile. As you can see here, each row is offset at the halfway point of the tile above and below. This pattern is timeless and one that is well received in many different applications.

If applying brick or another textured tile this pattern can create a more industrial look in your space.

2) 1/3 Offset

This pattern is a slight variation of the more traditional brickset pattern (shown above). With this pattern, tile is placed at the 1/3 line and is repeated on every 3rd row.

This pattern can be used with traditional subway tile as well as with large format tile. I personally love this pattern for large format tile. As you can see here, the vertical 1/3 offset pattern makes this shower unit appear taller and more expansive.

Want to see this tile in person? Check out the floor display at the 3rd Avenue Design Center in Camas, WA. Let them know Brandi sent you!

This shower display also showcases the Airmada system. The black circles you see in this photo push out air to dry your shower after each use. It's AMAZING!

3) Herringbone

Want a tile pattern that gives the illusion of texture? Herringbone may be the right choice for you!

Herringbone gives the illusion that the tiles are woven in together. I love this tile pattern on the back of a large wall as a statement piece (as you see here). I also love this pattern on the floor of a utility or mudroom. It adds a nice statement while still bridging the gap between the interior of the home and outdoor spaces.