Tile Laying Styles

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Tile Laying Styles
Tiles are laid to produce a wide variety of shapes and designs. (tiles image by Charles Taylor from Fotolia.com)

A homeowner has several tile laying styles to choose from when determining the look for his bathroom, kitchen or other tiled room of the house. The expense associated with the style chosen is a consideration since some styles require skilled artisans to install them, which is more expensive than laying a simpler style of tile.

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Regular Grid Pattern

Regular grid pattern tile laying is the most commonly used style for tile placement and is also referred to as Opus Regulatum, according to Drostle Mosaics. A grid is established in paper with the tiles laid out on sheets before they are applied to the surface. The system is ideal for bathrooms. though it was also used to produce artistic effects in such areas as the Tottenham Court Road Tube in England. Regular grid patterns cover the most surface area and cost consumers less in total tile laying costs.

Regular Repeating Pattern

A regular repeating pattern is also known as Opus Tessellatum. The pattern doesn't produce anything fancy in the particular appearance of the tile, though it can produce aesthetically pleasing shapes. The pattern is achieved by simply choosing the sequence in which tiles are laid. A regular repeating pattern might include four white tiles with a blue tile laid at every fifth tile. The pattern can produce other shapes in the tile as it is carried out.

Worm Tile Laying

Worm tile laying also goes by the name, Opus Vermiculatum, which is its Latin equivalent. Drostle Mosaics calls this style the most expressive form of tile laying, and it takes a great deal of artistic skill to perform correctly. A central image is created in tile with the rest of the tiles laid around it. The snaking image created by cutting tiles to suit the pattern should transfer onto paper by crayon rubbing.

Florentine Tile Design

Florentine tile laying is a style indicative of some religious structures. Large ceramic tiles are glazed and cut into a specific form. For example, a tile cut in the shape of an eye is laid into a tile pattern as if it were an actual eye, which allows the tiling to describe an entire scene with specifically cut and laid tiling. Florentine tile design, like worm-tile laying, requires a great deal of artistic skill.

Modern Tile Laying

Modern style laying technique throws out all the rules. Tiles are cut and laid into random shapes to produce unexpected designs and patterns. The process requires a lot of labour hours since once one tile is cut a certain way, you must cut another tile to fit it specifically. No way exists to mass produce this kind of tiling as with other planned styles, like regular pattern tile laying.

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