Today I want to share with you my inspiration file of creative tile patterns. One of the things I love most in any aspect of home design is taking a inexpensive and/or readily available product and putting a unique spin on it to make it look high end and custom. Whether it’s a good ole IKEA hack or giving a discount piece a new look, I am always looking for interesting re-interpretations. My latest category of obsession – tile floors. Tile can be expensive, especially marble mosaics and large format pieces. But because tile comes in SO MANY shapes, colors, and yes, price points, the pattern possibilities are really endless. Once you start seeing tile as the LEGO like pieces they are, the sky is the limit and you can really take inexpensive, big box store inventory and make it spectacular.
We’ve all seen lots and lots herringbone patterns. It is definitely a favorite of mine and I love how it’s been highlighted in this installation with a border, putting even more emphasis on the pattern.
Here’s a variation on the herringbone that I LOVE. Extra long tiles (these look about 3×12) laid in a 4 tile weave. The overall effect is similar to the herringbone but just different enough and the marble keeps it classic.
This is a great modern and bold look achieved by cutting large format (12×12 or 18×18) black and white tiles on the diagonal and mismatching them. I think this could also look fabulous using 2 different marble options – one more white and one with heavier veining.
You could literally run out to your Lowes or Home Depot and buy these materials right now. 12×12 ceramic tiles and a few sheets of iridescent mosaic. But what a fresh way to use them together right?
A similar concept but laid with a border to mimic a rug in a foyer.
Again, I love the IDEA of this – the large format tiles laid at a 45 degree angle with accent pieces between them – but this execution below is my favorite combo of materials. The different tones of marble together are just gorgeous.
This next group is so fun and would be perfect for a laundry room, a kid’s bath or a country kitchen. Gingham! How great is this? All you need is 3 colors of tile to create the pattern.
This tumbling block pattern is created with 3 colors of diamond shaped tiles. Getting these angles right is for sure a flashback to high school geometry but the result is so cool.
I love the bold pattern achieved with these large format porcelain hex tiles. So effective in a long hallway with a border around it.
Speaking of hex tiles, perhaps no material lends itself more to tile pattern creativity than the humble porcelain hex tile. A classic in old homes, the white and black come in sheets but now even colors are available. A little creativity and time with a box cutter will have you dreaming up endless patter possibilities.
This might be my favorite – a combo of the 2 – hex and square.
Do you have a favorite? And do you have an amazingly ingenious pattern saved that you’d like to share? Please do!