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You may think that tiles can only be laid in a certain fashion: in a grid pattern, formed by the grout. However, this is not the case, and interest can be added to walls, floors and even kitchen countertops by laying your tiles in a slightly different pattern.
Whether you're looking to install wall tiles or floor tiles, it's worth thinking about the layout before the adhesive even hits the trowel.
It's simple, and it's easy to layout: the traditional grid pattern is an excellent choice for first-time tilers and for those wanting the tiles to speak for themselves; there's nothing to distract from the beauty of the tile and it also means less cutting, so if you're using porcelain tiles, which are traditionally slightly harder to cut, the grid is a great option.
Almost as easy to lay as a grid pattern, creating a diamond pattern is no more difficult than turning square porcelain and ceramic tiles on their side at a 45 degree angle, making the tile look like a diamond rather than a square. This layout is often seen in kitchen splash-backs, countertops and shower cubicles.
It's become increasingly popular to place rectangular and square tiles of different sizes together, to create a custom look which is traditional and rustic in appearance. There may be a slight pattern to the layout, or it may be completely random: either way, the overall feel of the tiles will be that of a period, time-honoured look.
Alternatively, basket intertwine can also achieve this feel; by using rectangular tiles in a 'basket weave' effect, the look is slightly more regular than a custom look but still has that traditional slant to it. These layouts work best either with natural stone tiles, such as limestone tiles, or with ceramic tiles which imitate real stone, to create that rustic effect.
Bricks are bang on trend at the moment, and brick tiles are extremely popular. Whether you're using tiles which are the shape and size of traditional bricks, or else are using rectangular or even square wall or floor tiles, the brick effect can still be achieved by slightly staggering the ends of each row, like a brick wall.
If you're after a fairly subtle effect which you'd like to lift with a splash of colour, then border tiles are a great option. Think about where you want the border before you start to tile: do you want to create a whole-room border for your floor tiles, producing a finish around the entire room? Or are you looking for a strip of border tiles at dado-rail height within a shower room? Perhaps you want to top a splash-back with border tiles? Whatever look you're aiming to achieve, long traditional border tiles as well as the more modern option of using mosaics as a border, really can finish a room off, both as a border on the wall or as floor tiles.
If you're stuck on how to lay your tiles out, feel free to browse the selection of in-stock tiles at the Ceramic Tile Warehouse, and speak to our friendly staff for their input on how to make the most of your tile pattern.
With so many wall and floor tiles in stock, the possibilities for patterns and layouts are numerous. Don't forget that the Stone Gallery, also part of the Art of Living triangle together with Park Street Interiors, can help with your natural stone tile needs too; with all of this choice, you're bound to find your desired pattern within the Art of Living group.