Our Guide to Tile Patterns

When it comes to tile, there's a lot more to think about than color and texture.

22 March –

Our Guide to Tile Patterns
Our Guide to Tile Patterns
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When it comes to tile, there’s a lot more to think about than color and texture. Often once you narrow down your tile selection, you then have to choose how you’d like it laid. Here’s our Studio McGee guide to various tile patterns and images from past design projects to accompany.

We know that choosing tile patterns can be intimidating, especially considering that which one you choose can dramatically impact the feel of the space. Herringbone gives a much more dressed up, classic look, while stacked is often more streamlined and modern. The tile pattern you choose sets the tone for the rest of the room. Here are a few of our favorite patterns and images from past Studio McGee design projects to show you the pattern in action.


Brick Lay

Like many tile patterns, brick lay is sometimes referred to by different names, including offset and running bond. Brick lay is defined by longer, skinnier tiles laid in an offset pattern so that the start of one tile begins in the middle of the one above and below it. It’s a classic pattern but it’s definitely not boring. A brick lay pattern is easy to install, they’re never going to go out of style, and they’re versatile.



Herringbone is a classic pattern, but it also can make a bold statement. Laid in a staggering zigzag pattern, you’ll often see it in brick walkways in classic England homes. For that, we especially love to use this pattern with brick in a mudroom. It brings a simple space to life and elevates the tile into a piece of art.



Stacked tile is a breeze to install, but you don’t see it as often as you’d think. Even though it’s a simple pattern, it’s overlooked. Its uniform feel is pleasing to the eye, and a vertical stack works well in mid-century-style homes.



Basketweave is when the tiles make a pattern as if it’s woven. This pattern is more about the tile itself then the way it’s laid. We love it for its timeless beauty.



Checkerboard is when square tiles are laid in an alternating pattern, commonly seen in black and white. It’s a classic look that has an old-school feel. We especially love this pattern in a utility room like a mudroom or laundry room.

Date Posted
22 March