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How to Make Granite Countertops Look Smooth and Shiny

Grand Rapids Flooring

You’ve finally decided that tile flooring is the right choice for the room you want to remodel. However, when you finally sit down with the tile flooring design consultant you become quickly overwhelmed by the many types of floor tile patterns available. To help you make some sense of the selection available to you, we offer our guide to floor tile patterns.

For more information, we recommend you get in touch with a reputable floor tiling company in your area.

Straight Lay Tile Pattern

A straight lay tile pattern is a simple grid. Each square tile lines up perfectly with its neighbors. The straight lay tile pattern is best for rooms where you want to keep the design simple, yet modern. However, the simple elegance of a straight lay tile pattern can also be perfect for rooms with intricate designs and vibrant color palettes. The long straight grout lines of this classic flooring tile pattern can also be used to guide the eyes to a focal point in the room.

Diagonal Tile Pattern

This diagonal tile pattern is similar to the straight lay pattern, except the grid is turned at a 45 degree angle to create diamonds. If you want to make a small room in your house look bigger and wider, we recommend you use the diagonal tile pattern.

Remember from the straight lay pattern that the eyes follow the grout lines. In this sense, the 45 degree angle creates an optical illusion where the grout lines take the focus off the narrow space of the room. Using large tiles also helps make a room appear more spacious.

Running Bond Tile Pattern

The running bond tile pattern is laid out in the same way that bricks are staggered. This design uses rectangular or subway tiles and is perfect for hiding imperfections in your flooring. For example, the running bond tile pattern can help conceal floors that are slightly uneven.

The running bond tile pattern is able to hide flaws in your flooring so well because the staggered pattern makes it difficult for the eyes to focus on any one tile at a time. Instead, the eyes pull back to consider the tiled floor as a whole.

Checkerboard Tile Pattern

The checkerboard tile pattern is a classic among homeowners. Named for its iconic black and white checkerboard appearance, this pattern can also be substituted for other colors. The checkerboard tile pattern is laid the same as either the straight lay or diagonal patterns. The only difference is the alternating color scheme.

The checkerboard tile pattern is a popular choice for bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and even entryways. Since the checkerboard tile pattern has such a distinctive style, we recommend that you only use it for rooms with simple decor. One of the classiest ways to unify checkerboard tile floors with the rest of the room is through white walls. If you install checkerboard tiled floors in a room with busy designs, this elegant pattern can look tacky.

If you are interested in our tile flooring installation service, please contact our Grand Rapids flooring contractors at (616) 458-4806. At Complete Flooring & Interiors, our experienced flooring installers want to help you design a new tile floor you will love for years to come.