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Tile School: How to Choose Your Tile Floor Pattern

By Shannon Malone

Tile School: How to Choose Your Tile Floor Pattern

Tile shown: Ogee Drop in Sea Glass, Rainy Day, and Tusk; Image: VIE Magazine; Design: Q Tile

Tile is a great choice for flooring. It's durable, easy to maintain, and adds character to a space not easily found with other surface materials. But like with all flooring options, there are choices to be made. All patterns, colors and sizes offer you space something different, so to help narrow down your selection we are here to talk about some of the most popular tile flooring options, and how to use them in your space.


Moroccan layouts, similar to the bathroom above, provide a fun pop of pattern to your space. You can choose one solid hue or create a blend. These patterns work well in spaces where the remainder of the room is fairly neutral and simple, allowing the floor tile to be the center of attention. You can choose any of our Moroccan shapes–Ogee, Ogee Drop, Paseo, or Star & Cross–All will add exotic flair to you space.


An Offset tile floor pattern is a classic. It is beautiful, but blends in to a space rather than becoming the focal point. Offset layouts are timeless in design, they will last a lifetime and won't go out of style when trends change, making them a sustainable design choice. And just because offset layouts are classic, doesn't mean they have to be traditional in style. There are a variety of offset layouts to choose from, regular horizontal offset, vertical offset, and the 1/3 and 1/4 variation of both. You can also experiment with size to mix things up. For a traditional look go with a classic 3 x 6 rectangle, for something a little more contemporary, try a sleek 2 x 8 size.


Herringbone is another classic choice for a tile floor pattern. This pattern has been used on floors for ages, as it is historically used as a brick paving layout. A herringbone layout can match any design style by personalizing your size and color. Try one solid hue in a classic 3 x 6 size for a traditional look, or try something a little more wild such as an ombre effect with 4 different blues.


A Hexagon floor pattern has a ton of versatility. You can choose from a range of sizes, 3" to 12", to best fit your design style, and you can choose just about any color you want. Hexagons work well as a blend of colors, or one solid color with an accent hue mixed in. Hexagon's also allow for a border of trim in more traditional spaces, creating an artful layout on your floor.

Tile shown: 4" Hexagon in Shell; Image: Malcolm Fearon Photography


Inspired by a classic basket weave pattern, Parquet offers a sophisticated look that adds a sense of dimension to your space. We think this floor pattern looks best if more traditional spaces, and has the most impact when done in a single hue.

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