Patterned Floor Tiles

Patchwork Patterned Floor Tiles

It would be fair to say that the current generation of industrial output is directly linked to customer demand. The most important requirement that an industry or market must possess is the ability to offer a plethora of new and innovative choices to its target customers. Whatever be the nature of the product you are selling, it’s necessary to first establish a credible range of products to offer sufficient options to your customers. Modern technology and innovation has ensured that production at the industrial level keeps pace with the rising demand for choice. Home architecture and planning has definitely gone to the next level in the past few years as new facets are consistently added to interior design.

Floor planning and design is an essential feature of any home as it provides the primary identity of the area and heavily contributes towards the elegance and beauty of the interior space. Interior designers always put a lot of thought into deciding the most suitable floor patterns that would enhance and complement the rest of the furniture and fittings. An apt choice for the floor tile patterns will have a huge positive impact on the overall ambience of the house. This fact is well understood by home owners as they often spend a lot of time deciding the perfect tile pattern which accentuates their taste and requirements. The sheer number of tile choices available can be overwhelming and there is no single right decision when it comes to choosing a tile pattern for your floors. The key is good research, trying samples in the planned area and buying from a company that can advise on any technical queries you may have.   

If you’re planning on renovated your floor you’ll be faced with the option of choosing between hardwood floors, stone floors and ceramic tiles. Each option has its own set of advantages and drawbacks. For example hardwood floors offer the timeless elegance of natural wood and character. Stone floors have their distinct charm and charisma. But what may inspire you the most is the stunning range of patterns now available in floor tiles. Floor tile patterns are now offered in the looks of hardwood, natural stone flooring and encaustic patchwork designs. If you haven’t visited your local tile shop recently you’ll be astonished to see that’s it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between a natural hardwood sample and a tile with a wood like effect.

It’s sometimes a mystery to customers how floor tiles have quickly in the last few years been flawlessly manufactured with amazing patterned detail. The answers are in the latest advancements in production techniques such as digital printing which have helped revolutionize the tile manufacturing industry. Couple this with internet tile retailers offering these beautiful new designs at heavily discounted prices, and stunning patterned floor tiles can be an affordable reality for any home owner.

It can be a tough task to select a tile pattern from the staggering number of choices available. To assist you with this selection we’ve shared some knowledge and experience below discussing various tile patterns in detail.


Victorian Patterned Tiles

Victorian Grey Floor Tiles

Victorian tiles made their appearance in the late 1800’s with a unique and detailed appeal in their appearance. Interestingly, the tiles were a symbol of distinction and exclusivity in those days. This is evident in the fact that the Victorian tiles are generally found in churches, government buildings and other regal surroundings. In addition to this, Victorian tiles also graced the houses of the affluent classes of society. The use of these tiles by the aristocratic classes made them a much desired decoration back within the period. The tiles were characterized by the use of repeating geometric patterns. It is believed that the Victorian era tiles were heavily influenced from Islamic tiles. The art is said to have been borrowed by the English designer William De Morgan who was experimenting with various tile designs at that time.

However, Victorian tiles took a break from being the preferred choice of buyers somewhere around the 1960’s. This was a period when carpeting and natural materials were in fashion and home buyers were exploring other options. With the advent of modern printing methodologies, ceramic and porcelain tiles can now be produced in infinite varieties. Buyers are no longer restricted to the traditional designs and patterns. Modern art and experimentation with designs have led to the reinvention of Victorian style floor tiles. Presently, tiles can be produced with Victorian era designs with the utmost precision. The digitized process ensures that an exact replica of the historical style is produced. The defining features of Victorian floor tiles were their elegance and durability. The tiles made today undergo a stringent quality control process to make sure that they are free from faults and last the test of time.

Geometric Patterned Floor Tiles

Geometric Grey Patterned Floor Tiles

There has been a major recent trend in the popularity of geometric patterned floor tiles. Following an extended period of fashionable minimalist design, the growing use of patterned floor tiles with geometric designs has come as a welcome break to the plain beige and cream floors of recent years. The designs for current geometric patterned floor tiles take their inspiration from many origins including Islamic art, Victorian and Moroccan designs. Whilst some of these designs are vibrant and full of colour, the tile designers have cleverly adapted the patterns into more subtle designs suited to the UK market.
New digital printing techniques allow different patterned designs to be printed onto each tile within a box creating a truly interesting and unique floor.  

Encaustic Patterned Tiles

Encaustic Patterned Grey Floor Tiles

Traditional encaustic tiles follow a different method of manufacturing to ceramic or porcelain tiles. Encaustic tiles are made by using different segments of cement or clay with a coloured pigment infused into each segment. Whilst this method of product means that the colour is carried throughout the whole body of tile ensuring high durability, because there is no glaze the tile needs to be sealed regularly to prevent staining. The cost of these tiles is also very high as they are normally hand made. Advances in the digital production of ceramic & porcelain tiles has meant that reproductions of these tiles are now available at a fraction of the cost. Although the glaze applied has a mat finish to emulate the traditional encaustic design it is completely water proof and requires no sealing.  normally  as the basis for achieving the desired pattern or design on the tile. Encaustic style tiles are said to have originated in the villages around the Mediterranean Sea. The style flaunts geometric and mosaic like patterns. They are rich in character and their prestigious history ensures they will provide your floors with stunning and intricate detail.

Tile Laying Patterns

Finally the pattern in which your floor tiles are laid will have a considerable effect on your finished project. There are many different possibilities for arranging your floor tiles in different geometric patterns. Interior designers have a sound understanding of the distinct visual effects various geometric tile patterns will offer and the patterns employed can accentuate other strong features of the interior design. There are many variations of the following although here are the main patterns that floor tiles can be laid in.

Stack

Stack Tile Laying Pattern

The straight lay ‘stack’ tile pattern is the most common laying pattern used in households around the world. The tiles are laid out side by side and then their corners are matched. A grouting compound is used to fill the spaces between them and a seamless and elegant look is achieved. This pattern is typically used for a smart, clean and classy look. The simplicity of the straight lay pattern means that you can easily implement the look yourself without tiling experience.



Diagonal

Diamond Tile Laying Pattern

The diagonal tile pattern is employed by using square tiles which are laid at a 45 degree angle from the wall. This creates diagonal lines of tiles running through the floor. The overall visual effect makes the square tiles appear in a diamond aspect. Although this method does make installation a little trickier is highly popular as it makes both the tile and floor appear larger than they actually are. It’s a simple yet efficient design which can be found in some of the worlds most prestigious buildings It is also remarkably effective at disguising the small number of tiles often required on a bathroom floor in the UK.



Checkerboard

Checkerboard Tile Pattern

The Checkerboard Tile Pattern is inspired by the straight lay pattern but with a crucial difference. The tiles are arranged in a horizontal or diagonal manner right beside each other with each alternating tile changing colors. This pattern is generally used with two colors alternating after every tile. The typical choices of color include black and white & 2 tones of grey. This pattern has fallen out of favor in the last few years although fashion cycles mean it is sure to see a resurgence at some point in the future. One technical point to note with this pattern is the risk that the two different coloured tiles may vary slightly in size. Size variation is a natural characteristic of tiles made at different times which is normally controlled by only installing tiles with matching batch and calibre numbers.


Basket Weave

Basket Weave Tile Pattern

Basket Weave tile pattern is a timeless classic that has been used for many generations. As the name suggests, the pattern gives the illusion that the tiles are woven together in the form of a basket. This look is achieved by lining up 2 or 3 rectangular tiles in both vertical and horizontal arrangements. These vertical and horizontal patterns of grouped tiles are then placed next to each other in an alternating manner to attain the mentioned look. However you may need some expert help with the installation of this tile pattern as the alignment can be tricky.



Brick

Brick Tile Laying Pattern

The Brick tile pattern also known as the Running Bond pattern is another simple pattern to install which you can easily manage yourself. The pattern involves rectangular tiles installed lengthways adjacent to one another. The next line of tiles which is laid directly to the side of the first line should be laid out in such a manner that the joints between the short edges of the tiles fall within the body of the tile in the preceding row. There are many variation of this such as the traditional ½ bond which is the standard laying pattern for house bricks, 1/3  bond or even random bond. 1/3 bond is usually the most effective pattern for tiling as this helps to counter any ‘lipping’ issues caused by the curvature of the tile.

The world of tile design is evolving at an exponential rate. This means that there are more choices available than ever before. The increased number of affordable designer patterned tiles available is sure to offer a great way to add elegance and sophistication to your home.