Tile shapes

In a recent post we looked at the different types of patterns or bonds in which tiles can be laid. Here we’ll take a look at another important feature to decide upon when choosing tiles, the shape.

The two most common shapes are the square and the rectangle; rectangles typically have a length to height ratio of 3:1 or thereabouts. But in recent years a wide variety of shapes have become popular and they can be laid in an even greater variety of patterns.

Expanding on the 3:1 rectangle, even longer styles are available with ratios of 5:1 or greater.

One of the most popular choices today is the hexagon. Hexagons are incredibly important shapes in nature, of the three shapes which can tile infinitely (when you place many of them next to each other there are no gaps), equilateral triangles, squares and hexagons, a hexagon is the most efficient as it can encompass the largest area with the shortest perimeter

Natural hexagons, honeycomb and the Giant’s Causeway

It is no wonder that this wonderful shape has found its way into many homes in recent years, it is efficient and attractive, it provides a regular structure without relying on right angles.

Trapeziums can make interesting patterns, though laying them feels a bit like competing in the Krypton Factor.

Another unusual quadrilateral is the diamond, often in tiling a diamond pattern is made by simply tilting a square 45 degrees, but these diamonds are proper rhombuses

After using up all the quadrilaterals and hexagons we get into some very unusual shapes;

Moroccan fish scales
Irregular hexagons

Whatever you choose you can be sure that Wirral Fine Tiling can make your new design something special.

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