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FAQ: Specifying Tile Layouts

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When planning the details of a new project, specifying tile layouts along with other pertinent information is a crucial step in the design process. When collating documentation such as interior design drawings and specifications, specifying all key information (including tile layouts) will ensure that your Builder and Tiler will be able to offer the most accurate quote possible, avoiding any unexpected surprises later on down the track! Having all of this information on hand will also ensure that all parties involved are on the same page in terms of your design expectations, once again ensuring a smoother project with no unexpected turns. In this guide we have a look at some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to specifying tile layouts for residential projects.

Why is it Important to Specify Tile Patterns?

Specifying tile designs and patterns during the planning and documentation stage of your project is an important step that should not be overlooked. By being specific when communicating your preferences, you will ensure that all parties involved in bringing your creative vision to life are accurately informed, minimising the risk of costly mistakes later on down the track.

Specifying tile designs and patterns during the planning and documentation stage of your project is an important step that should not be overlooked. By being specific when communicating your preferences, you will ensure that all parties involved in bringing your creative vision to life are accurately informed, minimising the risk of costly mistakes later on down the track.

When specifying tiles for your project, it is important to include the following information:

  • Tile Supplier
  • Tile Name (Include the specific tile collection as well as the individual tile name)
  • Your selected tile’s product code
  • Your selected tile’s finish (I.e. grip/outdoor, honed, gloss, etc.)
  • Tile Size
  • Your selected tile pattern or layout

Soothe Grey Tiles

Available in a selection of large format tile options, the Soothe collection offers a rich and varied pattern that is inspired by natural stone. The rectangular tile option is shown in this space in a horizontally stacked tile layout, offering a simple and modern aesthetic.

This information should be included in your project’s specifications and passed on to your Builder or Tiler who will be able to formulate an accurate quote for your project. Different types of tiling patterns, materials and sizes can often attract a different price in terms of labour costs which is one crucial reason why this information is important to include during the planning stage of any project. With all the necessary information in hand, your Tiler will also be able to properly plan and prepare for your project while also being properly informed of your design choices and preferences well in advance, once again ensuring a smooth project.

What Types of Tile Layouts Can I Create?

Depending on the size and shape of your selected tile, there are many different types of tile patterns and layouts to choose from. Classic square tiles for example, can be laid in a standard grid layout or they can be staggered to add more pattern and texture in your design. Subway tiles on the other hand can be laid in a very large variety of patterns; these smaller rectangular shaped tiles can be laid in modern stacked designs, brick bond layouts, basket weave patterns, herringbone layouts and more! Subway tiles offer a world of creative freedom when you are looking to add more of a sense of pattern in a design scheme, making them a popular choice for use as a bathroom feature tile as well as a kitchen splashback tile.

Tile Layouts Options

Subway tiles can be laid in a wide variety of different layouts and patterns, allowing you to create stunning features in your next interior design project. These classic tiles offer a timeless look in the home and are available in an endless range of elegant colours and finishes to create a unique look. 

How do you Map Out a Tile Layout?

Depending on the type of tile and pattern you choose, there are different techniques you can use to create the perfect tile layout. An ideal tiling layout should be perfectly balanced and symmetrical in a space while minimising tile cuts. Large format tiles are a popular choice for tiling over larger walls or floor areas as their size means that there should be fewer cuts in your tiling layout. More detailed tile flooring patterns such as chevron or herringbone tiles for example, often start from the centre of a room and work outwards to create a perfectly symmetrical look with any tile cuts being along the edges of the room. This same technique will apply for wall tiles with patterns beginning in the centre and moving outwards. This style of tile mapping works best for more intricate patterns such as herringbone and chevron tile layouts. For more standard layouts that use large square or rectangular tiles, you can use this same technique or alternatively, you can start your tiles at the entry way of a room and run any cut tiles in discreet edges of the space to ensure that the occupants see more full sized tiles in the room rather than cut tiles.

Which Tile Layouts are Best?

Different tile patterns will lend themselves particularly well to different interior design styles so deciding which style is best will be a matter of individual taste. Modern and contemporary designs for example, will often incorporate more structured grid layouts such as vertically or horizontally stacked subway tiles. Transitional or vintage inspired designs on the other hand may include herringbone or chevron tile layouts to create more elaborate and detailed styles. In general, there really is no singular tile layout that is superior to others; the choice will inevitably come down to the type of design aesthetic you are aiming for as well as your project’s budget!

What is the Most Difficult Tile Pattern?

A herringbone tile layout is usually considered the most difficult tile pattern to lay however, with proper care and planning, this is not something that should deter you from selecting this style for your next project! This type of tile pattern can attract a higher labour price to lay as there is more care and planning involved in order to achieve the perfect look; this is an important factor to keep in mind when planning your next tiling project!

Calacatta Marble Tiles_Herringbone Tile Layouts

A herringbone tile pattern is often considered one of the most detailed and intricate styles to achieve. An experienced Tiler however, should have no problem creating this stunning and timeless look! This luxe bathroom design uses our elegant Calacatta marble subway tiles to create a decadent feature wall using a herringbone tile pattern.

When specifying tile layouts for your next design project, it is important to make sure all the relevant details are included in your design documentation and accurately communicated to your Tiler or Builder. Our team at Perini Tiles can assist you with your tile selections and in creating the most ideal tile pattern for your next project – Reach out to us here to see how we can best assist!