6 Different Ways to Lay Tiles

6 Different Ways to Lay Tiles

Knowing which way to lay your tiles is often the key to tying the whole room together. You may be thinking how are there more ways to lay tiles other than vertical or horizontal, but in this guide we’re showcasing 6 interesting ways to lay tiles for 2019.

1. Herringbone

The herringbone pattern has been a popular design choice for interiors this year, and is set to get even bigger in the new year. Herringbone can create a sense of space, so this pattern is ideal for small and narrow hallways, utility rooms and bathrooms, adding movement and flow.

The herringbone pattern is easy to achieve, as long as you have the right tiles. This pattern is easy to recreate with long ‘plank’ sized tiles that are laid to meet at a 90 degree angle, and form the characteristic V shape. There are many styles of tiles available in these plank like sizes, so you can get creative and tailor the pattern to your taste. At Pentagon, we offer brick effect tiles in this format that are perfect for creating realistic rustic interiors. Many of our wood effect tiles are available in this format too, allowing you to incorporate the pattern with a natural effect.

To enhance the pattern further, use contrasting grout colours to define the pattern, or alternatively match the grout to the colour of the tiles to create a free flowing pattern.


2. Hexagon

This geometric trend can be found on just about every interior decor item this year. It’s a playful pattern that can be easily adapted with tiles, to create depth and a visual interest in a space.

There are a few ways that this pattern can be achieved. First, the most simple and easy method is to use mosaic tile sheets. These look great in the bathroom as a focal point in the shower, or as a kitchen backsplash. Alternatively, our Stadium range is available in the hexagon format, which can create a luxe backdrop in any space.



3. Brick

The brick pattern is simple and perfect for a metropolitan aesthetic. If you are looking to add the original subway tile effect to your space, this is the pattern you’ll require.

To create this pattern, all you need are subway tiles and offset them by 50%. This pattern can also be incorporated for floor tiles too. Below, our Applestone tiles are larger in format, but still add to the subway feel.

You can read more about Subway tiling here.


4. Vertical Brick

This modern take on the metropolitan classic sees the tiles laid vertically, rather than horizontally. This style is great for adding height to a space, and will make the perfect feature in a bathroom or kitchen. You can further add modern touches, by mixing colours and experimenting with grout, like we've done here using our Meds tiles.


5. Modular

This format is great for creating a unique design feature for both walls and floors. You can adapt this pattern with the same style tiles, or multiple styles of tiles, but this tile format is a great option to consider if you’re looking for something that’s different to the norm.

At Pentagon Tiles, we offer a wide range of tiles that are available in multiple sizes and formats, so this look will be really easy to achieve in your home.


Above, our Brixen tiles available in 4 formats, combine smaller and larger sized tiles for an interesting floor feature.

6. Basket Weave

If you’re looking for something slightly different when it comes to tiling your walls, then why not give this a try. The basket weave pattern is simple, but creates an illusion to add subtle drama.

This pattern may look intricate, but it’s easy to achieve. The basket weave pattern sees two tiles laid next to each other to form a square. The following pair of tiles are laid 90 degrees to the previous, and so on. The horizontal and vertical tiles alternate to give the impression that the tiles are woven over and under each other like a basket. As this pattern can look quite busy, it’s best it used in small doses.