Tile Patterns (a.k.a. bonds)

When designing your tile installation one of the key things to decide on is the pattern in which you want to lay your tile. This should not be an afterthought but should be considered alongside the type of tile you want because not all tiles will be suitable for all patterns.

In tiling, the pattern in which the tiles are laid is called the bond, and there are a great deal to choose from. Traditional square, stretcher and herringbone or stack, basket weave and running bond, and so many more, there are a lot of choices.

Tile bond pattern diagram
Just a few examples of tile bonds…

They each add their own visual texture to a room and can alter our perception of the space. For example a herringbone or chevron floor could add visual length.

Chevron floor tiles add length

But care must be taken because you can have too much of a good thing, a large area of complex bond cold be a visual feast or a migraine. Complex bonds require much more skill and time to install and there will be greater waste due to off-cuts which will of course increase the cost of the installation.

How, then, can we decide what will work in the space? If you are choosing a complex bond consider using a relatively plain tile so as not to overload the senses, or consider using the bond only in one specific area for a feature wall.

Here are a few images of different bonds to inspire you…

Straight herringbone
Running bond to brick bond
Vertical stacked bond
Vertical stacked half-offset