Let’s Break Down Different Tile Patterns – Subway, Hexagon, Chevron, & More

Let’s Break Down Different Tile Patterns – Subway, Hexagon, Chevron, & More

Looking to add some style and personality to your home? Updating your tile is one of the easiest and most effective ways to inject a new vibe into your space. Whether you're looking to create a sleek and modern look or a classic and timeless feel, there are a variety of tile patterns and shapes to make the statement you desire. Master Edge Homes is a premier renovator in Markham, Ontario. Our extensive experience with all kinds of tile allows us to break down some of the most popular tile shapes and other tasty tile tidbits so that you don’t miss out on fantastic options for your upcoming upgrade.

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Popular Tile Shapes

There are so many awesome options for tile patterns. Here are just a few of the most popular options for the perfect tile for your Markham renovation

  • Hexagon tile: Hexagon tile is a six-sided tile that can be arranged in colourful patterns to create a unique and stylish array. From small hexagonal tiles to larger geometric shapes, this daring shape provides interest and angles to your backsplash or shower tile. 
  • Chevron tile: Chevron tile is a V-shaped pattern often used to create a dynamic and eye-catching design. 

White chevron tile backsplash in kitchen

  • Mosaic tile: Mosaic tile comprises small pieces of tile arranged in a pattern to create a unique design. It can be used to create intricate patterns or simple designs. Colourful mosaic accent walls or backsplashes are a great touch for personalized spaces.

Mosaic backsplash tile in kitchen with white flat panel cabinets

  • Penny tile: Penny tile is a small, circular tile that is often used in bathroom and kitchen floors. It can be arranged in unique patterns and colour palettes to create a completely customized look.
  • Large format tile: Large format tile is a tile that is larger than 16 inches on one side. It can be used to create a sleek, modern look for flooring or showers.

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  • Diamond tile: This pattern uses square tiles arranged on a point to create a diamond-shaped pattern.
  • Fish scale tile: This unique pattern features curved, overlapping tiles that resemble fish scales. It’s a lovely, flowing design that may be perfect for bathroom tile.
  • Moroccan tile: This pattern is often characterized by bold, colourful geometric designs and intricate patterns.
  • Octagon and dot tile: This pattern uses octagonal tiles with smaller circular tiles (the "dots") in the corners to create a vintage-inspired look.
  • Subway tile: Subway tile is a classic rectangular tile that is often used in kitchens and bathrooms. It is named after the tiles used in subway stations in New York City. Subway tile's brick shape lends itself well to creating patterns in installation.

Subway Tile Layout Options

Rectangular subway tiles are a versatile choice that can be used in many different patterns to create the look you desire. By demonstrating the wide range of possibilities with just this one shape. We hope to inspire you to seek out the perfect layout for your tile shape. Here are some popular layout options for rectangular subway tiles.

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  • Running bond: This is the most common layout for subway tile. It involves staggering the tiles so that the end of one tile is lined up with the centre of the tile above and below it.
  • Herringbone: This classic pattern involves laying the tiles at a 45-degree angle to create a zigzag effect. It is a popular choice for backsplashes and floors.

ensuite bathroom vanity with herringbone backsplash and subway tile flooring

  • Vertical stack: This layout stacks the tiles vertically instead of horizontally. It can be a great choice for creating a modern sleek look and the illusion of a taller ceiling.
  • Stacked bond: There is no stagger here. Tiles are stacked on top of each other to create uninterrupted horizontal and vertical grout lines. Stacked bond subway tile creates a clean and modern look that is perfect for contemporary spaces.
  • Basketweave: This pattern alternates squares created from two subway tiles at ninety-degree angles.  This creates a woven, basket-like effect. It is a great choice for creating a classic and timeless look.
  • Diagonal: This layout involves laying the tiles at a 45-degree angle to create a diagonal pattern. It can add visual interest to any space and works well in both modern and traditional settings.

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Tiles for Adaptive Living

If your home renovation includes considerations for adaptive living, choosing the right tile is crucial. Here are some tile options that can help make your home safer and more accessible.

  • Anti-slip tile: Anti-slip tiles with an anti-slip rating higher than 0.42 are designed to provide extra traction and prevent slips and falls. They are a great choice for areas that are frequently wet, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Mosaic tile: We may suggest mosaic tiles in the shower to prevent slips or falls as the more the grout the more friction. 

Large format square floor tiles in luxury bathroom renovation

  • Matte finish tile: Matte finish tile can help reduce glare and improve visibility, making it a good choice for those with vision impairments. It can also provide extra traction and prevent slips and falls.
  • Textured tile: Textured tile can provide extra traction and prevent slips and falls. It can also add visual interest to any space.
  • Low-maintenance tile: Choosing low-maintenance tile can make it easier to keep your home clean and tidy, which is especially important for those with mobility limitations.
  • Contrast tile: Choosing contrasting tiles can help define different areas of your home and make it easier to navigate. For example, using a different tile for the bathroom floor and shower can help indicate where the bathroom starts and ends. Contrast colours can also aid with vision impairment. 

Master Edge Homes Renovates Your Markham Home to Perfection

Choosing the right tile for your Markham home renovation can be a fun and creative process that yields beautiful results. Contact us to get started on your dream home renovation project today!

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