Our Guide to Patterned Tile
06/26 Design Tips

Our Guide to Patterned Tile

See our guide to patterned tile!

It's easy to overlook the tile when you're considering paint colors, furniture, or other large parts in a space. But the tile pattern you choose actually sets the tone in a room and makes more of a difference than you realize! It's kind of intimidating to tell the different styles apart so we've collected our favorite example photos and made a correlating graphic for you to use!

Brick Lay 

Brick lay is classic, but it's definitely not boring! They're basic in the best way. Easy to install, they're never going to go out of style, and they're versatile. 

From our Studio

Photo from The General Muir

Herringbone Pattern

Herringbone is definitely a classic pattern, but it's much more modern and unique. It's bold, but dependable! We especially love to use this pattern with brick in a mudroom. It brings a simple space to life! But it totally works as backsplash, too. 

From our Promontory Project

From our Windsong Project


Striped tile laying is just fun. You don't have to go crazy with colors, patterns, or other elements when you go with this tile. It's an easy way to mix things up without going overboard. 

From our Windsong Project


Stacked tile is a breeze to install, but you don't see it as often as you'd think! It's uniform feel is pleasing to the eye, and we totally love it. 

Design by Russell Groves

Alternate Sizes

Another modern, but simple way to step out of your comfort zone is using alternate sizes in your tile! It's not annoyingly noticable, but definitely makes a cool statement. 

Design by Matters of Space

Design by Doherty Studio


Our designers are dying over this tile lay! It's unexpected, but orderly. The best of both worlds! 

Design by Caitlin B Wilson

Design by A Beautiful Mess


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Studio McGee
  1. Thank you for posting this!! I’m in tile hell right now.. I have everything picked out for both a guest and master bath except for the walkin shower tile in the master bath. I’ve gone through just about every option but can’t seem to just choose one. We are using a herringbone porcelain tile from 41zero42 Mate collection in Chevron Tera Avorio , Delta trinsic in champagne bronze for faucets and shower trim. a rosewood floating vanity and White walls. I’m about to just settle for subway tile but if you had any suggestions I’d be beyond grateful
    It’s a 3×6 walk in shower and will have a half glass panel. ??

  2. Thank you for posting these suggestions. I have a bathroom project coming up and she’s going to be a beauty with these ideas. 🙂

  3. Love this post and especially the plaid pattern! I drew that for a client a little bit ago and they didn’t go for it ? It’s exciting to see it installed and looking great!

  4. Love this blog post so much! Do you have a certain brand or company that you guys use a lot? I would love to start looking at and ordering samples. Thank you so much for all your helpful blog posts and sharing tips and tricks with your readers 🙂

  5. I’ve had my eye on plaid-patterned cement tiles for so long, but I LOVE the idea of creating a larger-scale plaid pattern with three different colored tiles, as you show above. Thank you for the inspiration — you are the best!!

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