By Meg Escott
I put all the tile patterns on one page because it's hard to decide if they're most appropriate for floor tile patterns or wall tile patterns.
As you look through these patterns you'll be able to see how adding color, changing the hanging direction or making cuts in larger tiles can change the look of the tile design.
There are lots that you'll recognize and some you haven't seen before.
This page is part of the tile patterns series.
Square tiles are inexpensive and are full of possibility with lots of tile patterns possible.
These next tile patterns are created by cutting larger square tiles of two colors.
Changing the hanging direction
Subway tile is equally as versatile.
If the colors of the tile are alternated this sets up an optical illusion where the strips seem to change thickness.
There are lots of tile pattern possibilities.
You can try altering the offset between rows. The most common way of doing things is to offset each row by half the tile length. In the tile pattern below the offset is 1/3 the length of the tile.
Herringbone is a very traditional design which you'll often find on wooden parquet floors. There's no reason to use tiles. You can use subway tiles and as the tiles get longer and thinner this changes the look of the tile pattern.
I just made 'Palazzo' up. I thought rectangles could do with a bit of glamming up.
I haven't done an example here but don't forget that you can play with the offsets when using double rectangle or square and rectangle patterns.
The design below is created by making cuts in large rectangular tiles of two colors.
This tile design is popular in country style kitchens.
How come France gets to claim so many tile pattern names?
The look of the Dijon design can be changed by making the lozenge shape narrower.
This is a very popular traditional Georgian tile pattern.
These triangles are created by cutting larger square tiles.
Triangles are useful for creating centerpieces.
The next few triangle designs are created by cutting larger rectangular tiles of two colors on the diagonal.
Circle tile patterns are created by cutting a circle out of a square tile.
You might find these other pages on tile patterns useful.