Tile is often an inexpensive way to build a permanent splash of pattern and color into your home. It’s easy to clean and can turn a basic space into something uniquely yours.
Regular Tile Yielding Spectacular Results
Any tile that’s twice as long as it is wide can produce a great herringbone pattern. This can work on floors or walls and can be striking, such as using patterned tiles and a strongly contrasting grout, or subtle.
Be aware that your herringbone tile pattern will have a sense of direction; it will lead the eye across a room or up a wall. It’s best to start your herringbone pattern by laying out your grid. You need to determine your center point and mark diagonals; the only constant in trying to lay out any floor is that there are no square corners. You’ll need to work from the center of the room out and make your custom cuts at the edges of the room.
Custom Tile Shapes
Just as tiles aren’t just for kitchens and baths, tiles don’t have to just be square or rectangular. Custom tile shapesincluding H-shaped tiles will add a unique visual interest for years to come.
In addition to unique shapes, there are tiles on the market with mirror reflection, some with a bubbled texture, and mosaics, or tiles that form a picture. If you’re building a space that features such a pattern or finish, be certain to guarantee that this tile is glazed and will shed water if you plan to use it in a kitchen or bath.
A popular quilt block pattern from days of yore is the tumbling or falling block pattern. This pattern can be easily reproduced in tile, and transfers well from wall to floor. All you need are diamond-shaped tile to make this pattern work; you can easily add a brighter shade for a wall accent.
It’s important to note that building a tile feature in your home will actually result in a field of color once you add the grout. Lots of strong color and patterns can be quite overwhelming. If you’ve got budget concerns, consider working with a very basic field tile and grout combination, saving your decorating dollars for a unique “square within a square” feature, or by using more expensive tile as a ribbon amongst your lower-cost field tile.
Once you start working with tile and laying out patterns unique to your space, you may find that a little geometric accent goes a long way to creating a custom, unique home.