If you think about it, you might notice that your floor is the most-used product in your home. With this in mind, you see how important it is to take the appropriate amount of time when deciding how to floor a new home or how to re-floor an existing one. Whether you choose to go with wood, tile, stone, or linoleum, you’ll want to mull over the amount of options you have at your disposal.

Let’s look at tile. There are a variety of different tile layouts available, so taking the time to see which layout reflects both you and your home’s personality will be extremely beneficial down the road. Here are some examples of different patterns of tile available.


The first type of layout is probably the most recognizable to the average homeowner—the grid. Although the size of each square doesn’t particularly matter, a grid design is distinguished by the even spacing between each square of tile. The grid layout is very popular for homeowners who want a very cost-effective approach to tile. It’s extremely easy to measure and extra waste is almost never a concern. Traditionally, grid tile isn’t designed to stand-out, but by using different, contrasting colors, a homeowner can very easily make this layout of tile the centerpiece to any room.


A slight variation of the grid layout is the offset layout. While the offset layout is also not as difficult to lay as other layouts (we’ll get there in a minute), the offsetting of tile squares or rectangles can easily increase the “wow” factor of your room. Offset layout is achieved by centering a piece of tile above and below the connecting “line” of two adjacent tiles. The effects, as you can see, can be staggering and breath-taking.


Our next layout, the harlequin, is a fun twist on the simple grid pattern. Just take the grid, then turn the whole pattern 45˚ diagonally to the wall. The harlequin layout is an excellent way to accentuate the beauty of your home, all the way from the ceilings to the floor. In a way, the harlequin layout could be translated to art. This pattern even creates an illusion that the room is bigger than it actually is. Consider using this layout in a main foyer or kitchen/dining room.


The herringbone layout is slowly gaining traction in homes nowadays, and you can probably see why. This beautiful pattern is constructed by lining up adjacent tiles 45˚ to a wall, similar to how the harlequin is set. This pattern, if chosen, can almost add a whole new dimension to a room—a 3-D effect, if you will.

All of these patterns can add a personal touch to your floor and personality to your home. Other patterns are available, including chevron, basket weave, and many more! If these pictures have inspired you, navigate over to our online catalog to get the creative juices flowing! If you’re thinking about tiling (or re-tiling) a floor in your home, we’d love to hear about your ideas. Contact us today and set up a consultation visit.