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Creative Use of Marble Floor Tile Patterns

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 @ 10:56 PM

Marble Floor Tiles: Using different tile sizes to add interest with patterns.

Once you have selected the color of marble tile that you want to adorn your floor, you may want to spend some time thinking about the patterns that you can make using the size and shape of the tiles.


Being creative with marble floor tiles means that you can achieve some amazing results and change the look and feel of the room.  So it’s worth chatting through your requirements with your stone specialist who can advise you on the best pattern for the size of project you are undertaking.


All good stone suppliers will be able to talk you through all the options.  Make sure you talk to them, and your designer or architect if you are using one, as their input will be invaluable in helping you make the right decision.


Below we have listed the 10 most popular floor tile patterns, so you can see some the possibilities.


  1. The Straight Lay -  sometimes known as a "Ladder pattern", this is the simplest pattern and is designed to showcase the stone at its best. It is the usual way of laying square tiles and its clean and simple look often works well in classic or contemporary settings. The image below shows 600x600mm white Thassos marble on the floor.


 thassos marble floor straight lay resized 600



  1. The Diagonal – here the tiles are laid at a 45 degree angle to the walls in the room and create a feeling of openness. This can work well with square tiles that are all the same stone and with a "straight lay" border around the edge. 





  1. The Brickbond Pattern – here the tiles are offset by half the width of the tile. It is sometimes called an offset pattern. As a variation, the tiles could be offset by a third or even by a random amount.


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    1. The Checkerboard – a really recognisable pattern for marble tiles, here the tiles are alternated to create the pattern.  Can be laid straight or on a diagonal.


    black and white chequerboard resized 600



    1. The Dotted Diagonal – (also known as Cabouchon Inserts). The tiles are trimmed to accommodate a smaller insert tile. The insert tiles are usually of a contrasting colour, as in the photo below, but consider also using texture to create a difference. These can be laid on the diagonal or straight. If laid on the diagonal, it is quite effective to enclose them in a border of contrasting tiles.


     marble cabouchons carrara resized 600


    1. The Hopscotch – also known as the Pinwheel, here a smaller tile is surrounded by 4 larger tiles to create the effect. Use a small contrasting tile in with much larger tiles to get the best effect.


     hopscotch tile pattern resized 600



    1. The Basketweave – a classic pattern using square and rectangular tiles to create a woven pattern. Choose a long thin tile and a contrasting small square tile to get the best effect with this pattern.


     basket weave pattern resized 600


    1. The Opus Pattern – here several different sized tiles are used to create a repeating pattern.  The most popular pattern uses 4 different tiles sizes but there are several variations of this pattern available. This is very popular in rooms where a more traditional effect is wanted. Most effectively used with a tumbled or antiqued tile.


     Chanceaux French limestone opus resized 600



    1. The Herringbone – a busy yet sophisticated design that gives a feeling of direction to a room.  Very popular for long thin tiles used in rectangular rooms.


     herringbone tile pattern resized 600



    1. Bespoke – not so much a regular pattern, more an elegant design to your own choosing. By using sophisticated water-jet stone cutters and the careful choice of limestone or marble, you can have your own design transformed into the most elaborate (or simple), personalised floor (or wall) covering.


     water jet cut bespoke marble resized 600


    Thanks to Houzz for some of the images above.


    As you can see, there is an opportunity to create art in the floor of your home with elegant marble tiles.  The shapes, size, and colour of the floor tiles you choose is key to creating these patterns so it’s important to seek advice before choosing.


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