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Tile Patterns: The Ultimate Quick Read Beginner’s Guide, Including Secrets of Tile Professionals Revealed!

Tile Patterns


Tile patterns can enhance the look, feel, and atmosphere of any room, but that is only if they are used correctly. To be able to choose the right pattern for your space you need to know the secrets of the professionals and how to apply them.  And with tile pattern names like Versailles and herringbone which might not be so self-explanatory to someone who is not a pro., you’ll also need to know what each one is as well.  So here are the the most useful and  popular patterns which everyone considering using tiles in their home needs to know, with of course the secrets to using them to their full potential.

The Straight Lay Tile Pattern

The Basics: This is the most basic and easy to install of all the patterns.  For that and a few more reasons that you will soon read about, it is one of the most commonly used  wall and floor tile patterns around the world.  It works anywhere and everywhere.  The tiles are first laid side by side in a straight line.  The are corners matched up, and then grout is applied in straight, perpendicular intersecting lines. With its grid-like pattern, the straight lay is typically used for a simple, clean, yet modern look.

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Tile Home Guide Secret Tips

-Just because it is the most simple don’t skip over this one.  It’s a great choice for DIY enthusiasts and anyone who wants to learn to tile.  Best of all it simplicity can really add to it’s appeal which means its can work with every style of decor. It’s an easy “go to,” choice that is guaranteed to please, especially with so many materials, sizes, colors, and styles of tile available to choose from.

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The straight lay is the most common of all wall tile patterns for bathrooms

-A great function of the straight lay tile pattern, especially with solid colored tiles, is that it can also be used in an area or room that has more complicated patterns, designs, or colors, without competing or clashing with them. This makes it a perfect, practical, solution for a busy room that needs the benefits of a tile floor, but none of the distractions of a complex pattern.

-This is one of the only tile layout patterns which uses very long, straight, grout lines. Why is that a good thing? It’s because the human eye naturally follows these straight lines when looking at this pattern. You can use this to your advantage by using the lines to lead the eye of the viewer through the room.  That could mean into another space or to an important aspect or highlight of the room, such as a stunning view, prominent feature or focal point.  You wouldn’t think such a simple tile pattern could be used this way.

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Why not use these lines to help you with how your space is perceived?

 

-You don’t need something complicated to create style.  Simple can go a really long way.  Most people are often surprised at just how modern and stylish the straight lay can be with the right tile material.

 

The Diagonal Tile Pattern

The Basics:  Simple and easy to install, this is a great tool to have in your tile pattern arsenal. Similar to the straight lay, however in this pattern the tiles are laid at a 45 degree angle. instead of straight. This changes the square tiles into diamonds.  It is probably the second most common after the straight lay, and is ideal wall and floor use alike.

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Tile Home Guide Secret Tips:

-The diagonal tile pattern can be a smart choice if you are looking to try something a little different than the straight lay.  It could also be an excellent way to improve on and reinforce your basic tile laying skills if you are doing the project yourself.

- This pattern is actually one secret decorators and tile professionals, use for making a room look bigger and wider than it really is. The key to this pattern is that the focus is taken off of the narrowness of the room, and shifted onto the wide angles of the tile borders. Because the tiles’ angles are in line with the viewer, they see the tile grout lines spreading out across the room. This makes them feel like they are in a much larger space they really are. It’s a great choice for floor pattern choice for a small bathroom or really any room that you would like to look bigger.

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You can really see here how much more expansive a room can look when using the diagonal tile pattern

-On A kitchen backsplash is another very attractive way to use this pattern.  Diamond shapes can look very appealing on the way and make an interesting contrast or accent to other patterns in the room.

The Running Bond Tile Pattern

The Basics: Also called the brick pattern because it is the most commonly used pattern in brickwork, it is also known as the running bond. Whatever name you choose to call it, this is another simple, yet good looking option. Typically used with rectangular tiles and subway tiles, the end of each tile is lined up with the center of the tiles which are both directly above and below it.

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This creates a staggered pattern, yet a cohesive look. This pattern is so appealing that it is actually also one of the most commonly used wall tile patterns, backsplash tile patterns, and bathroom tile patterns as well. It’s also used outdoors on patios and walkways, not only because of its simple design, but because of its weight bearing ability and strength.

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The Running Bond Tile Pattern Is A Gorgeous Choice For A Glass Subway Tile Backsplash

Tile Home Guide Secret Tips :
- So what’s the secret of using the running bond? It’s that it’s used to keep secrets! The running bond is one of the best tile layout patterns for hiding imperfections. Uneven surfaces, crooked walls, small differences in tile size and various other imperfections, are all easily covered up using this pattern. The fact that the tiles don’t line up in a straight line, tricks the eye by taking the focus off of individual tiles, and onto the pattern as a whole cohesive image instead. This makes it almost impossible to spot flaws.

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The Checkerboard Tile Pattern

The Basics: This two color alternating pattern uses square tiles and looks just like a checker or chessboard, creating a truly classic look. Usually this pattern uses white and black floor tiles.  However,  the black is sometimes substituted for another color such as tan or gray.

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It can be used in either the straight lay or diagonal pattern. Typically used as a floor pattern in living rooms, mud rooms, entry ways and kitchens, it is also one of the most commonly used bathroom tile patterns, where it can work well on the floor or wall.

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The matching black tiles used in framing the mirror and as a border helps to really bring the room together

Tile Home Guide Secret Tips:
-To unify your space, use this pattern with white walls or white wall tiles, as they echo the white of the floor tiles. Incorporating black wall tiles in a border, frame, or evenly spaced among the white wall tiles will accomplish the same effect.

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-Never decorate a room that uses this tile pattern with complex colors or patterns. This is probably the biggest mistake most beginners make when installing this pattern in their home. Not only will these colors clash with this type of pattern, but they will take away from its simple classy look, making it look trashy instead. Not the look you’re probably going for. The checkerboard is an elegant and stylish pattern, but it must be used with solid colors and simple décor to work to its full potential.

 

The Herringbone Tile Pattern

The Basics:  Named for its resemblance to the skeleton of the Herring, a bony fish, this timeless tile pattern uses subway tiles (rectangular tiles).  The tiles are lined up at a 45 degree angle so that they are all parallel. This is repeated in reverse on the other side of the tiles, like a mirror image. This creates an imaginary line with tiles coming out on either side like a “v.”  It is aptly named because it really does look similar to the rib bones branching off of the spine of a fish! This pattern has been heavily used in Europe for hundreds of years because of its elegant yet intricate look.

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A White Marble Herringbone Mosaic Tile

Tile Home Guide Secret Tips:

- Using the herringbone pattern is a trick designers use to enhance the size of a small room. The eye tends to look at the wide “V’s” which are created by the opposing tiles instead of the narrowness of the room.

-While this tile pattern works wonders in small or narrow rooms, it sometimes tends to look too busy when used in large ones.

-Use this tile pattern in hallways (especially narrow ones) to not only increase how wide it is perceived, but to draw the eye of the viewer into the next room as well. The “V’s,” do this wonderfully as they are very similar to the points of arrows, pointing you in the right direction.

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-Another option is individual herringbone mosaic tiles, which make this pattern easy for the DIY homeowner. Each tile is made up of small pieces, usually of stone, and attached to a mesh backing, this forms the herringbone pattern on each individual tile. And when these individual tiles are all lined up they form the herringbone pattern but much more intricate looking than with larger tiles. This is one of the mosaic tile patterns that also works great as a backsplash pattern.

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-The herringbone tile pattern is perfectly suited for kitchens with islands. This is because it helps to keep the island from taking away from the size of the space and making it look cluttered. The herringbone pattern helps to maintain the appearance of the width of the room while allowing you to utilize it as well.

-If you are a DIY homeowner, unless you have considerable tile laying skills this is one project you should probably leave to a pro.

 

The Basket Weave Tile Pattern

The Basics:  This pattern looks like the stitching of a woven basket and like herringbone, it also uses rectangular tiles. These tiles are lined up in groups of either 2 or 3 vertically or horizontally to form a square.  If the first square is made up of vertically positioned tiles, the adjacent squares will be made up of horizontally placed ones. This alternating between the horizontal and vertical creates the impression of the tiles being woven over and under each other just like a basket.

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A perfect example of how adjacent perpendicular and vertical tiles can create the illusion of being woven over and under eachother in this example of the basket weave tile pattern

Tile Home Guide Secret Tips:

-Use basket weave to create a classic and classy early 1900’s feel.  It works especially well when used with stones like marble.

-This is one of the tile layout patterns which can be used on the wall as well, and works perfectly to create a unique and stylish backsplash.

-Basket weave mosaic tiles are individual tiles which are made up of small vertical and horizontal pieces that form basket weave design. When placed next to each other these small basket weave designs perfectly line up to for a myriad of interweaving lines that looks amazing.

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-Like Herringbone, this pattern is one which works best in smaller spaces and should avoid using in large rooms as it may look too busy. Basket weave one of most often used foyer and bathroom tile patterns.

 

 The Windmill Tile Pattern

The Basics: 4 rectangular tiles are used to form the shape of a large square with 1 smaller square tile in the middle to make this pattern look like a turning windmill.

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This black and white windmill pattern shows how 2 colors looks great, but more than that can easily cause it to look too busy

Tile Home Guide Secret Tips:

-Using a different color for the small tile in the center can really make the pattern pop.

 

-Windmill can be used to created an interesting backsplash but also works great when used as a border pattern.

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-For this pattern to look proportionate it is imperative to use the correct ratios. For the rectangular tile this ratio 2:1. So if the length of the rectangular tile is 8 inches the width should be 4 inches. The size of the square tile is also determined from this and should be the same size as the width of the rectangle, so in this case it would be a 4 inch by 4 inch square.

 

The Versailles/French/Modular Tile Pattern

The Basics: Unlike other tile patterns Versailles goes by 3 names and uses a combination of 4 different tile sizes: 8″x8”, 8″x16”, 16″x16”, and 16″x24”. Elegant and graceful, yet also timeless, this pattern can be used indoors or out to create a feel of randomness but without the chaos.  It is pleasing to the eye because while it appears random, in reality the tiles fit together in a large repeating puzzle-like pattern which is perfectly balanced.  While Versailles works amazingly well indoors it is most often seen outdoors and almost always uses stone tiles like travertine.

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A close up of outdoor Travertine tiles using the Versailles tile pattern

Tile Home Guide Secret Tips:

-This is another pattern which is probably better left to the pros for installation.  But if you do decide to take on a project using this pattern make sure you start with a dry layout (as you always should) and begin tiling from the center of the space and work your way out. You therefore must place the first few tiles very carefully because they will determine the placement of all of the other tiles.

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The Versailles tile pattern using Travertine tiles works perfectly in this kitchen

 

-The best way to purchase tiles for this pattern is in kits or bundles which have the correct ratio of tile to cover: 8, 16, or 44 square feet. And while you may end up with a few extra tiles, you’re always better off with some to spare in case of breakage or damage.

 

The Pinwheel/Hopscotch Tile Pattern

The Basics: This pattern is sometimes confused with the windmill which uses larger tiles to surround a smaller one with pinwheel it is the opposite. Four small squares placed around each of the four corners of a single large square tile create a shape similar to that of a spinning pinwheel.

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In this close up you can see how the small squares convey movement and look like a spinning pinwheel

Tile Home Guide Secret Tips:

-While pinwheel can be done with really any 2 size square tiles, the best ration is 2:1. So the larger tile should be twice the size of the smaller ones.

-Use 2 colors to make this pattern pop, but using more and you run the risk of creating something too busy for your space

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These patterns all work exceptionally well at their specific applications when used correctly. Let your creativity, style, and imagination run wild while keeping these tips in mind and you should be well on your way to transforming your space and getting the most from the pattern you choose!

 

3 Steps to Success BEFORE You Choose a Tile Pattern

Taking these three steps before committing to any one pattern, will guarantee you avoid the most common pitfalls involved when installing a tile pattern in or outside of your home.

Decide What You Want To Achieve

This sounds silly but you would be surprised to find out just how many people choose a pattern without really knowing what they want to accomplish.  Figuring this out first will save you money, time, and an enormous amount of frustration.  You don’t want to end with your new project only to decide it’s not what you really wanted.  This will mean having to tear it out and start again which equals lost time and money.  Or even worse, some homeowners decide to settle with the results and will have to look at them daily in frustration and regret for years to come.  Each pattern has a different function and different look, so take your time, look at examples and ask yourself what you really want?  A retro look? A luxurious one?  Simple yet chic?  Decide on the desired result first and you won’t have to rely on getting lucky to end up with it.

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Take a Realistic Look at the Space You Are Working With

If you want to get the most out of tile patterns you need to really look at the room or space you are dealing with.  Is it big or small?  Wide or narrow? What is the existing style of the room or area you are working with? What style or feel are you going for? These are all things you need to take into consideration.  Each tile laying pattern has its own specific abilities to work in certain types of spaces.  This also means that they don’t work in other ones. After looking at your space in a realistic way, you may have to change your expectations on what you want to achieve.  You may not.  It all depends on your own unique space.

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Pick a Material That Can Work With Your Pattern of Choice

Just like all patterns don’t work with all spaces, some materials don’t work well with all patterns.  Others fit like a glove.  Each material is different.  Some are so heavy they can be used only as floor tile, while others are so delicate they can only be used as wall tile, and a quite a few can even be used as both.  While most tiles can be used indoors not all materials can work as outdoor tiles.  If you are planning an outdoor project you will have to choose a material that can handle the elements. Many patterns need to use tiles that are specific shapes or dimensions, which sometimes can’t be done with certain materials.  The running bond tile pattern for example needs rectangular shaped tiles.   And last of all, some materials just look better than others with certain patterns.  Just like how the Versailles tile pattern goes phenomenally well with travertine.

Taking a few hours to complete these three easy steps, will end up saving you time, money, and anxiety.  And the best part is you will receive the end effect of the pattern, the space, and the material all working together to provide you with the ultimate result.

 

An Extra 10 Tile Pattern Secrets:

1) Larger tiles tend to make a small room appear bigger! If you have a small room using a tile pattern with very large tiles will give the illusion that the room is bigger than it really is.

2) Another secret for making a small room appear bigger is using very small tiles, seeing so many small tiles tricks the brain into thinking the room is actually larger than it really is.

3) Using a focal point such as a motif or mosaic tile medallion at the far end of a narrow room will take the eye off of how limited your space is as well as make the room interesting.

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4) Using straight lay in a narrow room  will make the room look even more narrow because our eyes will naturally pick up on the grout lines as parallel to the walls and see it as a smaller space. Using the diagonal pattern is a better idea.

5) Don’t combine too many different patterns, it will look to busy. Keep it simple by choosing 1 or 2.

6) Keep it simple when choosing tile materials, using 3 different materials or less will look much better and will add to affect o your pattern as opposed to taking away from it.

7)You can incorporate a border to not only define your pattern but also lead the eye into adjacent rooms.

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8) Using different tile patterns to define different areas of a room is a great way to incorporate the beauty of multiple patterns but also show the functionality of a space as well.

9) Choosing a color for your pattern that echoes another color in the room, or the color from a focal point (such as a view of the ocean or mountains) is a great way to get the most out of the pattern, material, and the tiles you choose.

10) Accent tiles are a great way to add emphasis to the style you are trying to portray as well as to the pattern you choose.

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Outdoor Tiles Explained: A Quick And Easy Beginner’s Guide!

Outdoor Tiles


Just like tiles used indoors, outdoor tiles come in a dizzying array of colors, textures, styles, and materials. However, unlike their indoor counterparts, outdoor tiles need to be strong, hard, and durable enough to withstand the elements. Whether it be extreme heat, rain, snow, heavy use, or all of these, outdoor tiles need to be able to withstand them while providing us with a space that is both attractive and functional. Unfortunately, not all tiles and materials can be, or should be used for all applications. Some tiles fair better in different temperatures and conditions than others, so it would be wise to take your time, read up, and choose carefully.

In order to choose the right outdoor tiles for your space, you need to answer or at least try to keep in mind the same questions the pro’s do, and these are:

What is the style of your home, space, or garden?

-The style of your home, space, or garden can have a big impact on your tile choice.  Matching the style of your space with a similar style of tile can go a long way in creating a great looking and cohesive space.  That being said, the opposite is true too, choosing mismatching styles is an easy and too often expensive way, to make your space look awkward and unpleasing to the eye.

How much light does the area get?

-This question is one which most homeowners never think to ask but can make a huge difference in how your space is perceived.  Most people don’t realize that using dark tiles in an area with poor or dim lighting can really take away from the effect of your tiles, even great looking ones, making the space look dull and gloomy.    A simple rule to follow is:  Choose lighter colored tiles for areas with low light, and darker tiles with areas with a lot of light.

What color(s) is your house, and do you want to match it or contrast it?

-Both matching and contrasting can look amazing, but keeping this question in mind can help you easily weed out the colors and materials you don’t want.

How is this space going to be used?

-This is probably the most important of all the questions because answering it correctly will help you in not having to deal with things like: replacing broken tiles (some types of outdoor tiles are much more fragile or durable than others), dangerous slips and falls (some areas need tiles with a texture that provides grip), or even wobbly patio furniture (sometimes you can only use outdoor tiles which need to be level and have a flat surface).  Honestly answering this question will help you to deal with the least amount of hassle in the future, and also quickly decide on the materials you realistically can and can’t use.

Types of Outdoor tiles:

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are made from clay and are one of the most diverse tiles, as they come in many colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes. They are the most commonly used tiles indoors but they can be used outdoors as well. However, if they are used outside they need to have a high PEI rating. This is a rating of hardness and durability made by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. The PEI rating can be anywhere from 1 through 5.

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While these glazed ceramic tiles are too slippery to use as floor tiles they work great on the base boards of these outdoor steps

One being the most fragile and likely to chip, and five being the most durable and used in commercial areas such as shopping malls. For outdoor use, you should choose a tile with a rating of 4 or 5. You should also choose unglazed ceramic tiles, as glazed ceramic tiles can be extremely slippery when wet. If glazed ceramic tiles are to be used outdoors we recommend they be used as outdoor wall tiles as opposed to floor tiles for this reason.  If you decide on unglazed ceramic tiles  they need to be sealed to protect them against stains.

 

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are more suited for outdoor use than ceramic tiles. Not only do they not mildew or stain, but they also have such low water absorption rate, that they are near waterproof. This is because of the fact that when they are made, the porcelain is fired at much higher temperatures than those used with ceramic tiles. This process is what makes them more durable and dense than ceramic tiles. The way they are manufactured also allows them to be produced with more intricate textures that so closely mimic those of stone tiles, that they are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

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This porcelain tile mimics the look of slate so well it’s almost impossible to tell the difference!

They also can be produced with non-slip textures, so they can be used safely in wet areas. Porcelain tiles usually have a PEI rating of 5 making them more than tough enough for the job of being used as outdoor patio tiles. These tiles are also resistant to freezing. An extra benefit, unlike other types of outdoor tiles, is that they come in just about an unlimited amount of colors and just about every size imaginable. While, porcelain tiles are generally more expensive than ceramic tiles, they are cheaper and more durable than stone tiles, making them a great outdoor choice.

 

Quarry Tiles

While not actually coming from quarried stone as they did in the past, these unglazed clay tiles are very tough and function extremely well as outdoor tiles for patio use. Unlike ceramic and porcelain tiles, quarry tiles are typically only found in a few colors. Most often they are seen in red, but also in brown or grey. It is these deep, rich, earth tone colors, that help quarry tiles portray a unique Mediterranean look that many homeowners love. These tiles are also much thicker than other types of tile, ranging from ½” to ¾”. This thickness and the fact that they are very dense, makes them an extremely durable and strong tile that can take the abuse of the outdoors.

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A good looking quarry tile patio

Quarry tiles also have a very low water absorption rate, allowing the homeowner to use them in wet areas without any problems. This added to the fact that their unglazed surface provides grip, makes them a very effective non-slip surface. However, they do need to be sealed as they will absorb stains. Quarry tiles can be tougher to clean than other types of tiles, sometimes requiring a good power washing. Because quarry tiles are so tough and also very attractive, they work great as floor tiles, countertop tiles, and even outdoor wall tiles.

 

Sandstone Tiles

One of the most popular materials for construction and building since the ancient times, sandstone also makes for beautiful tiles.   As a sedimentary rock it is made up of tiny particles of other rocks and sand which have been displaced by wind and water.  Because these tiny particles have a huge range in color so does sandstone.  However it is most often seen in white, tan, red, gray, and brown. It is considered one of the softer stones, easier to carve and cut, yet still strong and durable. It’s easiness to work with, and beautiful variations in texture and color are the reason it has always been so popular especially as outdoor tiles for patios.  The only drawback to sandstone is that it is one of the most porous stones and therefore will absorb a lot of water.  This is not a problem as long as it receives a proper sealing to keep it waterproof.  If it does not, it runs the risk of absorbing not only water but the salt which is in the water as well. Salt absorption can result in serious damage to the stone. If not properly sealed it will also easily absorb oil resulting in staining of the tile.

 

Granite Tiles

Typically found in the U.S., Brazil, and India, granite is the strongest and most durable of all the stone tiles.  It is also naturally waterproof and will not stain or absorb oils like other materials. This is true even without sealing.  It can easily take heavy traffic is extremely scratch resistant, won’t chip or crack, is easy to clean, and is almost impenetrable to bacteria.

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These natural qualities make granite one of the most popular outdoor tiles and also the most often used stone for countertops in both indoor and outdoor kitchens as well. Because they are so heat resistant, they are also great fireplace tiles too! While usually gray in color granite can range to much lighter colors, even pink. It is more expensive than other materials,  but you really get what you pay for with granite as you will be able to enjoy these almost maintenance free tiles for possibly a lifetime.

 

Limestone Tiles

Limestone is formed underwater by shells, coral, algae and calcium carbonate. Another material favored by builders since ancient times, limestone is easy to cut and work with, yet still strong and durable.  Usually gray, tan, brown, or red in color this strong, heavy material was used to make castles and even the Great Pyramid at Giza.  Needless to say limestone tiles are very tough.  However, care must be taken as they can still scratch.  Limestone tiles need to be properly sealed as they are somewhat porous and highly susceptible to damage by acids.  They are easy to clean but must never be cleaned with acidic cleaners such as bleach or vinegar.

 

Travertine Tiles

Travertine is a type of limestone which is known for its small pits, caused by gas escaping during its formation giving it a spongy looking texture. These pits are usually filled in making cleaning easy.Travertine was used to build the Coliseum and many other famous structures worldwide. Durable and resistant to the elements Travertine tiles are still limestone and therefore need to be sealed and cleaned with non-acidic cleaners.

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If you look closely you can see the sponge-like texture of these travertine tiles

 

Soapstone Tiles

Soapstone originally got its name for its soft texture, which can feel almost slippery to the touch like soap. This comes from the fact that it is mostly made up of talc.  It was used by many native cultures to make pots, pans, and bowls because of its high heat resistance, the fact that it’s almost impervious to water, and the ease in which it could be carved. Soapstone is now very popular for kitchen countertops, backsplashes and outdoor tiles.  Its high heat resistance and the fact that it’s naturally waterproof make it a great material for tiles in really hot, wet, or extreme climates.  Soapstone is typically is found in Brazil, India, and Scandinavia, and ranges from brown, gray, blue to green in color.  The only drawback to using soapstone tiles is that because they are soft, they are easily scratched.  However, scratches can easily be fixed with a light sanding and mineral oil application.

 

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles are natural stone tiles which are cut from metamorphic rock. They are usually mostly grey in color. But being natural stone, there is always variation in their color and markings, so they can vary from orange to purple. They also have surfaces which are uneven, making them look even more unique and natural. Their uniqueness, natural look, color and feel make slate a great outdoor tile for patio use. Slate is also good in wet conditions and its uneven surface is very slip resistant.

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You can clearly see the natural variation of colors in these beautiful slate tiles

However, you should only consider slate if you live in a warmer climate, because slate is not suitable for freezing temperatures. Also while slate is a very dense material, unlike other outdoor tiles it is easily scratched. Something you probably need to take into account if you are planning to use it in an area with heavy use or young children. Slate tile must also be sealed properly to prevent staining from oils.

 

Rubber Tiles

Outdoor rubber tiles are the easy way to enjoy a soft slip resistant area without spending a lot of money. While they don’t have the beauty or natural look of other outdoor tiles, they have many other advantages worth considering. They come in a variety of textures, colors, and sizes, and are extremely tough. This makes them great tiles for children’s play areas, patios, around pools, and other places where you need a soft surface with tons of grip.

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These rubber tiles form a safe non-slip surface making this patio a safe place to relax with the family

Not only can these tiles withstand elements ranging from freezing to extreme heat, but they are also water proof providing a non-slip surface in even the wettest environment. Outdoor rubber tiles are a great idea for the DIY homeowner because they are interlocking, meaning you can install them yourself. This combined with the fact that they are not as expensive as stone or porcelain tiles means you save money not only on the purchasing, but on the fact that there is no installation cost as well.

 

Outdoor Deck Tiles 

Just like rubber tiles, outdoor deck tiles are great for the DIY homeowner. Not only do they come in many textures, colors, and materials, but they usually snap together or interlock meaning no messy grout, or installation fees.  They can even be placed right on top of your existing deck, patio, or any other hard, flat, surface.   You don’t even need screws, nails or adhesives.  Being extremely weather and climate resistant, these tiles can be used in any conditions.

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These handsome Teak deck tiles snap together with no glue or skill required

They come in many types of wood, cherry, teak, oak, and pie just to name a few, many of which are insect, heat, and moisture proof, and usually  only requiring a once a year application of deck oil to maintain.  Outdoor deck tiles are not only limited to wood, they are also available in other materials as well, such as plastic, stone, and concrete.

As you can see, there are many types of outdoor tiles to choose from. While all have their good points, some might not be the right fit for your space or function. However, if you take it slow and ask yourself the right questions, you will find the right outdoor tile for you and save money in choosing correctly the first time around!


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Discover The Beauty Of White Tiles

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With so many choices when it comes to tile it’s easy to forget about the basics.  You don’t need extravagant colors to get extraordinary results. White tile gives you all you need to make the most of your space.  And once you see all it has to offer there is no going back, you’ll be hooked!

So Why White Tile?

-White Equals Bright

White tile makes the ideal material for any space that is in need of some brightness.  It’s white color is not only bright itself,  but will reflect light around the room which makes it a very effective tool. This can be increased even more if you choose white tile that has a glossy finish.

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- Create Contrast

White tile is also a great way to provide contrast.  If you have a darker color scheme this can be an especially attractive way to go, particularly if you are using black tiles as well.

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- A Clean Look

White is a color that we associate with cleanliness.  And for that reason, it makes sense we would want to use white in our homes.  While some people love this idea right away, others are a little more skeptical because they are afraid dust and dirt will show up easier on white flooring. White tile makes this decision simple because tile itself is an effortless material to clean, so you can enjoy the double benefit of its white color and the fact that if it does get soiled it would take much less time and effort to clean than other flooring options.

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-A Wide Variety Of Shades

White doesn’t just mean plain white.  There are many, many, shades to choose from. You can easily find whites to match all spaces and because white tile is manufactured from an array of materials many have their own unique shades as well.

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 -Keep Cool

Many homeowners choose to use white tile in rooms that also have many windows because it not only reflects the light but the heat from the Sun.  By reflecting as opposed to absorbing the heat, your tiles will stay much cooler than other materials, and so will your house.

 

The Top Uses of White Tile

While white tile can be used in almost any home application, by far the most popular are:

A White Tile Backsplash

The job of a backsplash is to protect the areas behind your sink and stove from water and heat damage.  Because tile is the preferred material to do so, a kitchen backsplash has also become a place which can be used to add a splash of color, design, or style to your kitchen.  And in the case of white tiles this means bringing in brightness and a clean look which can really make your kitchen look phenomenal.  Don’t be afraid to mix it up either, white with other colors can also be a good looking idea and with so many different types of white backsplash tiles on the market from subway to mosaic tiles your own creativity is your only limit.

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A White Tile Bathroom

Because tile is impervious(with the proper maintenance of course) to the damage that water and moisture could do to other flooring materials it is by far the best choice for use in the bathroom. The bathroom is another place where white tile shines.  Most bathrooms don’t get a lot of light for two reasons. The first being that many are just built in places that do not have any windows or access to natural light and the second that even if you do have windows, you won’t be keeping the shades up all the time for obvious reasons. White tile brings in brightness that you would not otherwise have.  It makes you feel like you are in a space which is full of light and clean, both of which are very important for a bathroom.  An added benefit is that the brightness of white tiles will add a feeling of space to bathrooms which happen to be very small.  To create your white tile bathroom you can use wall tiles, floor tiles, or both.  There is also an enormous amount of materials and styles to choose from too.

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The Most Common Materials

There are plenty of tile materials to choose from when looking for something white.  Typically you will of course see the standards such as white porcelain tile and white ceramic tile.  Another very popular option is glass.  White glass tile is translucent and really has a gem-like quality.  This makes it very stylish, but because it is glass it’s also very tough yet easy to clean.  It is therefore very often used in backsplashes and comes in many shades of white along with other colors as well.  White marble tile is a more classic option and also can really range in color.  Because it is a natural stone each tile has its own unique veins as you can see in the picture below.  It works both on the floor and wall alike, and really looks luxurious.

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The Top Styles of White Tile 

White Subway Tile

Subway tile is an easy way to go if you like white because this is the color they were originally made in.  These are rectangular as opposed to being square.  They were designed to be glossy and white to bring light to dark underground subway stations.  Subway tiles also use very thin grout lines which means they need less cleaning.  It is these traits along with their simple and timeless good looks which really appeals to homeowners.

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White Beveled Subway Tile

If you are looking for something a little different, white beveled subway tile is another variation of this standard tile.  These will have an edge that is not perpendicular to the face of the tile which adds both depth and dimension.  The Metro in Paris is actually many people’s inspiration for using these in their home as they are used extensively there.  If you look carefully you can see the beveled edge in the tile below.

White TileWhite Glass Subway Tile

Most subway tiles are ceramic or porcelain but white glass subway tiles are also becoming more and more popular especially in the kitchen. A white subway tile backsplash using glass tiles will typically also use a white backing to make their effect more intense.

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Subway tiles regardless of the variety you choose make a really nice choice for the bathroom too.  Many people love them so much they install them from the floor to the ceiling.  They also are a great choice for the shower because their thin grout lines mean less exposure to water. So don’t overlook  considering a white subway tile bathroom.

 

White Mosaic Tile

Mosaic tiles are another style of tile that works exceptionally well in white.  There are many materials to choose from but regardless of what you decide on, each individual tile will almost always be made up of many miniature sized tiles on on a mesh backing.  White mosaic tiles are seen both on the wall and the floor.  In fact, they make a top-notch bathroom floor tile not only because of their color, but the fact that they have many more grout lines than other types of tiles means they will give you superior grip on slippery floors.  The tile below is made from mother of pearl and makes a gorgeous and interesting white mosaic tile choice that you don’t see everyday.

 

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Black and White Mosaic Tile

There is no greater contrast than black and white.  Using black and white mosaic tiles is a simple way to add a classic look to any space.  You will have many shapes to choose from such as squares, octagons, hexagons, and more.  And there are many patterns too, from the simple checkered tile pattern to black dots equally spaced among the white tiles.  Some even use black tiles to form designs like flowers.

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Black and White Tile

If you love the look of black and white you have another option other than having to purchase both white and black floor tiles individually. Black and white tiles made from vinyl will have two white and two black squares on each one. These are generally “peel and stick” tiles so they don’t cost nearly as much as purchasing stone, or any other tile material for that matter,  if you want to use the checkerboard tile pattern on the cheap.  It is also a smart way to go if you are renting and don’t yet own your own home.

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White Penny Tile

Definitely not as well known as other types or styles of tile, penny tile is a very unique and often overlooked white tile choice.  Named after its shape and size which are similar to the penny, it makes for an interesting retro look which will be a guaranteed conversation piece.  White penny tile is ideal for backsplashes, bathroom walls, and floors. An extra benefit is that it comes on premounted sheets so it’s a cinch to install.

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It’s hard to believe one color of tile has so much to offer.  Cool, contrasting, clean, and bright are more than enough to make any project a winner.  And with so many shades, materials, and styles, you will be more than pleased with what white tile can provide not just in your kitchen or bathroom but anywhere you decide to use it.

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