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Top Floor Tile Patterns for Your Bathroom

Posted by Daniel Mizrahi on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tile is the ultimate bathroom material: whether it’s made ceramic, glass, porcelain, stone, or the myriad other material options, tile shines in its versatility and utility. One of the biggest selling points for tile is that when it comes to the bathroom, it is not limited to floors: in fact, it’s common to see tile not just on the floors and in the shower, but also on the walls and ceilings. This is because tile is durable, water resistant and easy to clean.  

When considering bathroom remodeling ideas, or looking at the average cost of a bathroom remodel, one of the first choices many homeowners will make is the type, color, and material of tile that they will use. However, whether you go with marble or granite, gray slate or blue glass for your bathroom makeover ideas, there still remains another important decision: what tile pattern to use.

There are dozens of options when it comes to floor tile or shower tile designs, but you don’t need to feel overwhelmed by choices. Use this handy guide below to help you narrow down your options, or to kick-start your creative process.

Simple Options

If you’re a no-nonsense type of person, concerned with the utility of your tile, or if you just want a clean, simple design, a straight lay or diagonal lay is a great option. Just like it sounds, in a straight lay, tiles are laid in straight, simple rows. A diagonal lay is similar, but with the tile rotated 45 degrees. Both options emphasize the look and beauty of the tile you have chosen, with the diagonal option adding a little more visual interest.

Mixing It Up

If you want to make more of a statement with the lay of your tile, but still don’t want to bother with complicated geometric designs, then a checkerboard or running bond design will serve you well. Alternating black and white tile is a classic way to implement this, but feel free to sub in any two colors. Gray and white offer a subtle but noticeable change, and shades of blue always shine in a bathroom. A running bond design mimics the placement of bricks on a brick wall; each tile is offset by half the tile width of the one above it.

Complex and Creative

If you love visually interesting floors, there are plenty of ways to make a statement with your tile design. Some of the many geometrically stunning options available include:

  • Windmill: A center square tile is surrounded by rectangles to create a larger
  • Modular: Tiles of all different sizes are pieced together. You can follow a pattern with your different sized tiles, or use a more hodgepodge approach to create a perfectly “mismatched on purpose” look.
  • Pinwheel: Similar to windmill, this design surrounds a small inner square with four large squares, creating an angular pinwheel look.
  • Basketweave: Small squares and long rectangles are combined in an effect that looks as if the floor has been woven together.


If any of these designs -- from simple straight lays to intricate mosaic designs -- have given you ideas for bathroom remodeling, or if you know you want to update your tile but are still unsure of what route to take, the professionals at Open Hand Remodeling are the experts you need. From choosing tile type and design to installation, their team is ready to make your bathroom vision a reality. In the Pasadena area, there’s no one better. Call today!

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