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Design Trend: 10 Ways to Use a Straight Set Pattern in Your Home

Posted by: Kali • Aug 11

Design Trend: 10 Ways to Use a Straight Set Pattern in Your Home

Let's get something straight...setting your tile in a straight set pattern can be just as interesting as a more intricate pattern. It can add modernity to your space, while also being a beautiful way to show off the geometry and the natural variation of your tile. Whether you install rectangular tiles or squares, a stacked look is clean and fluid and looks great in anything from a bright white to a vibrant hue. See the possibilities of straight set with ten of our favorite installations.

1. Sarah Sherman Samuel's A-Frame Cabin Kitchen

Image: Sarah Sherman Samuel

Highlighting the progress on her dreamy a-frame cabin renovation through her much-followed blog, LA-based designer Sarah Sherman Samuels gives us a sneak peek of her new kitchen featuring our Calcite Tile in 2x6. 

If you are going white, keep it clean and simple in a straight set pattern. You can go with a matching grout for a minimalist approach or try a light to dark gray for a bolder look. 

Image: Sarah Sherman Samuel
Tile Shown: Calcite in 2x6

Stacking your tile vertically is a great way to make a space feel bigger if you are working with low ceilings or a smaller space. This pattern is well suited for walls or backsplashes, in showers or on floors. 

2. Mid-Century Modern Love

Fireclay Tile Blog: Mid-Century Modern Love

Tile Shown: FLuorite in 2x8

This labor of love turned out to be a mid-century masterpiece, thanks to Robert Maurer's expert eye for color and interior design. With a lot of hard work, attention to detail and our 2x8 tiles in Fluorite, this classic kitchen underwent quite the transformation. 

Setting your tile in a horizontal straight set looks fresh and modern. You can install this pattern almost anywhere and will get a sleek, elongating effect; from your kitchen backsplash to your bathroom to your fireplace. Like its vertical counterpart, you can feel free to try this pattern from a small mosiac sized tile to a larger format. 

3. A Modern Master Bath

Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: A Modern Master Bath
 Design: Imbue Design 

Tile Shown: Ultra Cream in 2x8

This dreamy and serene master bathroom by Imbue Design features floor-to-ceiling tile in calming Ultra Cream, plus shower floor tile in cool Foggy Morning.

4. Destination Eichler Kitchen Restoration

Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: Destination Eichler Kitchen Restoration

Tile Shown: Loch Ness in 2x8

Karen Nepacena of Destination Eichler hand-picked our 2x8 Tile in Loch Ness to pay homage to this midcentury modern kitchen's authentic Eichler origins.

5. Dreaming in Green

Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: Dreaming in Green

Tile Shown: Limon in 4x8

Spa day, anyone? Large 4x8 and 8x8 tiles in Limon and Sea Green envelope this bathroom, transforming it into an expansive and soothing escape.

You can see below how you can utilize both rectangular and square straight set into a single installation without it becoming overwhelming. There is something about this aligned pattern that keeps everything orderly and easy on the eyes. 

6. Tiny Canal Cottage Kitchen

Fireclay Tile Blog: Tiny Canal Cottage Kitchen

Tile Shown: French Linen in 1x6 Sheeted

For Whitney Leigh Morris, creative director and owner of the Tiny Canal Cottage, our mosaic tiles were the perfect solution for her space-saving style. Our soft gray French Linen in a 1x6 straight set pattern was just the right combination of subtle color and pattern that she was searching for. 

7. Loch Ness Kitchen

Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: Loch Ness Kitchen

Another example of Loch Ness Tile, this kitchen home gets a splash of drama with our 3x6 Tile. A straight set arrangement keeps it feeling modern and sophisticated.

8. Sunny Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: Sunny Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Tile Shown: Daffodil in 2x4

Echoing the seamless lines found in its sleek cabinetry, this straight set tile adds a splash of color to the kitchen’s midcentury modern design.

9. Streamlined and Sophisticated Office

Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: Streamlined and Sophisticated Office

Tile Shown: Sand Dune in 2x8

Defined by sleek and streamlined contours, this contemporary home office's orderly aesthetic is highlighted by our slender straight set tile.

10. The Modern Caravan

Fireclay Tile Blog: The Modern Caravan Feature

Tile Shown: Tusk in 1x6 Sheeted

And last but certainly not least, the creative nomads behind the The Modern Caravan give their own vintage Airstream a modern-day update featuring our Tusk Tile

Do you love this look? Order free tile or glass samples now. Need some help? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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