Ceramic Tile Floor Pattern Ideas

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Ceramic Tile Floor Pattern Ideas
The checkerboard pattern features alternating tiles of two different colours. (great image of a ceramic tiled wall image by Oleg Verbitsky from Fotolia.com)

In addition to being durable, resistant to moisture and easy to maintain, ceramic tiles are incredibly versatile in terms of design, as they allow you to create a virtually limitless number of patterns. The floor is one of the most expansive surfaces in a home and adorning it with a pattern can help give your interior space character and depth. If you are thinking of installing a ceramic tile floor, there are several floor pattern ideas that may be options for your design.


The grid pattern, also known as straight course, is the most basic pattern for ceramic tile floors. According to Life 123, it consists of identically shaped square---or sometimes rectangular---tiles, all of which have a perfectly linear alignment, both horizontally and vertically. This resembles the grid-work on a piece of graph paper.


While having the same orientation as a grid pattern, a ceramic tile floor with a checkerboard pattern makes use of two differently coloured tiles, one lighter and one darker. These are arranged in alternating fashion, just like on the popular gaming board. The Martha Stewart website notes that you can also incorporate a third colour in to this alternating pattern--one that has shade in-between the colours of your main tiles.


The brick pattern for ceramic tile floors consists of identically sized square or rectangular tiles with staggered, as opposed to perfectly linear, orientations. According to Life 123, this means that instead of the grout lines between all of the tiles lining up and forming a grid, the lines are offset and terminate at varying points.


This pattern is similar to the brick pattern in that it also has offset grout lines. However, instead of relying on identical ceramic tiles, the random pattern relies on tiles that are of a variety of different sizes and shapes, such as large squares and rectangles, small squares and rectangles and rectangles with varying lengths and widths.

Multi-Tile Pattern

If you like the size and shape variation that comes with a random ceramic style pattern, but want a bit more "conformity" or regularity, consider using a multi-tile pattern. These patterns typically feature two or three different types of tile, which fit together in the same, repeating pattern throughout the floor.


The diamond pattern, also known as diagonal coarse, consists of ceramic tiles that run at 45-degree angles across the floor. Unlike the all of the above patterns, the diamond pattern features diagonal, instead of linear, grout lines.


A mosaic is a pattern or image that consists of small pieces of coloured material, such as ceramic tiles. And while you can custom design your mosaic floor by laying out different-coloured ceramic tiles into the pattern of your choosing, such as a sun, flower or medallion, Creative Home Decorating Room by Room notes that you can also purchase prefabricated mosaic flooring that comes on a mesh wire-backing.

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