A Handy Guide to Tile Layouts

A Handy Guide to Tile Layouts

Tiles don’t just have to be installed in a traditional horizontal, stacked format. There are actually countless different ways using tiles to create stunning looks that are both stylish and practical. In this weeks post were going to look at some of the most popular tile layouts and explain how to achieve them.


You may have noticed the word herringbone popping up time and time again, and for good reason! The herringbone has swept through the interiors world this past year sending trend setters in to overdrive. The herringbone look works using brick tiles to form an alternating diagonal pattern. This particular style looks even better when the tile is contrasted with the grout colour. This offset style uses a white tile with a black grout for example to really make the design pop. As well as this, you can make the herringbone design even sharper by installing the tiles at a 90 degree angle as opposed to their typical 45 degree. This increase in angle enhances the size of a smaller room for an even stronger visual impact.

Running Bond

A great way of creating the illusion of height in you have low ceilings in your home. The running bond layout works by laying brick tiles vertically as opposed to horizontally. This look is great if you want to make a room feel larger and taller. Similar to herringbone, they look stunning when used with the offset design.

Stack Bond

This is a gorgeously simplistic repeating pattern that makes for a beautiful look. Typically used for  metro tiles, the stack bond is a staple piece of most homes at the moment and the metro tile's rich history gives them a vintage, retro look that works perfectly for an industrial chic theme. This is also one of the easier layouts to achieve if you are planning for your tile project to be DIY.

Large/Small Format Brick Bond

This is the another classic design for metro tiles. A large or small format brick bond works by using an oversized or small brick tile and installing them in fluidic alternating lines pattern. This creates a slightly softer look compared to the stack bond which can sometimes be quite harsh. The large/small format brick bond is perfect for neutral toned rooms that want to create more gentle and relaxing looks. 


The grid layout achieves the same repeat pattern of a stack bond. The grid layout is different however as it uses square tiles as opposed to rectangle tiles. This gives a look similar to that of a spreadsheet grid. It’s understated and simple look allows you to build strong designs using feature pieces and working with accent colours and other similar design choices.

Tiles can be used in any number of ways, each creating their own unique look. If you’re unsure of which style you feel would be best for you home, try planning with mood boards or ordering samples of tiles so you can get a first hand look and feel of a tile before you buy. We offer free samples on all of our tiles here at Tile Monkey, so order yourself some today and discover your perfect layout.

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