6 Stunning Tile Patterns That We Love

March 16, 2023


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Today we’re sharing six of our favorite tile patterns and photos showcasing how we used them in our custom home build and remodel projects. Whether it’s a kitchen backsplash, shower wall, or floor, changing up the tile pattern is an easy way to add visual appeal and put a personal spin on your space. Regardless of if you’re team modern or team traditional, there’s a tile pattern for you!

Black rectangular tiles laid out in six different patterns
Here are the six tile patterns we’ll be sharing today! There are many more options, but these are our current favorites!

1. Horizontal Brick Set

One of the most popular and traditional tile designs, this pattern mimics the style bricklayers use. The offset pattern complements a variety of spaces, and we’ll occasionally combine it with another tile pattern to add design complexity.

Beige tile backsplash in modern French country kitchen
#thelakeloft‘s kitchen backsplash is timeless and classic. Shop the backsplash tile source here.

2. Horizontal Square Set

Clean and symmetrical, this tile design leans more contemporary since the tiles are stacked directly on top of each other. The pattern visually stretches the space, making narrow spaces feel wider! We used the horizontal square set tile pattern in the #pinegroveproject’s Jack & Jill shower, shown below.

Femine girl's bathroom with green horizontally stacked shower tile and floral wallpaper above wood vanity with brass mirror and sconces.
The green tile in the #pinegroveproject girl’s Jack & Jill-style bathroom is quirky, modern, and fun!

3. Herringbone

We love the elegant, classic look of the herringbone pattern. While the layout appears visually complex, it simply consists of interlocking rectangular tiles laid at a 45-degree angle to create a zigzag effect. We’ve used this style on mudroom floors, wooden floor entryways, and even combined it with the horizontal brick set pattern in the #bloomingtonbuild pool house shower!

Light green mudroom lockers with grey herringbone tile floors
The herringbone tile floor in #thelakeloft mudroom gives the illusion of motion! Shop the floor tile source here.

4. Vertical Square Set

Clean and modern, this tile pattern is gaining popularity in the interior design world. It creates a streamlined look that makes spaces appear taller and more spacious, and its simple yet striking aesthetic adds a modern touch to any room.

Clean, white tiled shower with brass finishes
#pinegroveproject’s primary bathroom gains a contemporary twist from the vertical square set tile.

5. Vertical Tile Set, Horizontal Brick Set

This style combines modern (i.e., a vertical pattern) with traditional (i.e., the offset nature of brick set) for a visually elongating look with unique flair. We love using vertical tile patterns in small spaces because they heighten the room. See the pattern in action in #thelakeloft‘s guest bathroom shower, shown below.

White bathroom with white vertically laid subway tile in the shower.
#thelakeloft‘s guest bathroom is clean, fresh, and classy. The vertical tile set, horizontal brick set shower tile pattern provides subtle visual contrast.

6. Vertical Square Set with Horizontal Stripe

Here’s where things get a little wild — in a good way. This pattern combines both horizontally and vertically laid tiles to give you a one-of-a-kind look. We’ve seen this design a few places and can’t wait to try it!

Alternating vertically stacked and horizontal rows of white subway tiled wall in modern bathroom.
Photo & Design Credit: A. Nabor Design

We hope these tile patterns inspire you to get creative with your tiling designs in your next home project. And if you’re looking for more tile-related resources, check out our guide on the best grout colors to pair with subway tile here, and discover our favorite kitchen backsplashes here!

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