Tile flooring offers a nearly unlimited amount of design options for your home. One of the great benefits of tile flooring is the customization of the design and layout. Two of the most common patterns for tile flooring involve simply laying down the exact same size and shape of tile so the seams create perfectly squared off parallel rows, or creating an alternating pattern to make an appearance similar to brick. While both options are serviceable, they can also be too plain or boring for many homeowners. Playing with different arrangements can give even the most basic looking tiles a fun and exciting look.
Ceramic tiles are certainly one of the most common materials, but there are many options to choose from, including porcelain, various kinds of natural stone, synthetic materials such as durable vinyl, and even hardwood.
Looking for some of the benefits of tile but hoping for a softer feel beneath your feet? Carpet tile is an option worth exploring. Large squares of carpeting are patterned together just like traditional material tiles. This allows for several unique design ideas including interchangeable patterns throughout your design. It also offers the possibility of an easier replacement of a few carpet tiles if only a small section of the floor received a spill or a stain.
Even if you don’t opt for carpet tile, traditional tile materials still offer an incredibly broad array of color, pattern and texture options; far more than most flooring options. Tiles also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Octagonal tiles are a break from the common square or rectangle layouts. Similarly, utilizing rectangular tiles on an angle rather than simply straight horizontal or vertical orientations will create a unique look.
Whether you simply alternate two colors or designs of tile in a checkerboard-like pattern or break up sections with various sizes of tiles, giving some visual variety will make any area of the home look more interesting. Tiles offer homeowners a great opportunity to create borders along the floor. By using a tile of a different color, shape or pattern, you can create a border around an area to make an open area feel less empty, or give a room some added depth. A border can be a simple square or rectangular frame along the open area of the floor, or it can follow along the edging of walls and fixtures to give the room a customized look.
The key is keeping the elements complimentary. One way to ensure that tiles stay coordinated is to select colors that are featured elsewhere in the room (matching fixtures, furniture or wall or curtain colors), and using them as accents against the primary floor color. Another idea is to choose a color that is complementary or analogous to the rest of the floor, but is a color that is unique to the rest of the room. This will create a visual break from the rest of the tile and draw attention to the color accents.
Tiles can also make for an attractive look on walls, and having the floor tile pattern continue up one or several walls or fixtures can add a distinct appearance to your room. In rooms such as the bathroom or kitchen, the added wall tiling can provide superior moisture protection to a shower or bath area, or creating a beautiful splashback behind the sink. If your design allows for such a bold statement, consider asymmetrical or uneven sections of tile on the wall, creating distinct areas which feature tile, instead of simply running the same pattern evenly around the room. This concept works best in areas of the room that don’t have a lot of other furniture, so the wall tile can become the focus of that area.