Inspiration and DIY Anything-But-Boring Kitchen Tile Layouts

Franciscan Slate™ in Desert Crema 18 x 18 and 12 x 12 field tile

Photo features Franciscan Slate™ in Desert Crema 18 x 18 and 12 x 12 field tile

 
 

ANYTHING-BUT-BORING KITCHEN TILE LAYOUTS
MAKING MAGIC WITH ONE BASIC TILE TYPE

You may think that a single type of kitchen tile is boring and won't do your new kitchen any favors. But one type of tile can create a simple elegance that makes an impression at your dinner parties and is functional enough for every day family comings and goings.

Picking the pattern that will be to your kitchen’s best advantage requires some planning. Consult a designer if you have specific needs for your kitchen floor tile.

GRID
A grid layout uses rectangular or square tiles side by side. The grout lines run perpendicular in perfect right angles throughout the kitchen space.

Perks of Grid Patterns

  • Is easy to work with
  • Requires less complicated cuts
  • Is easy to calculate how much you'll need
  • Creates a sense of simplicity and order
Parkway 12 x 24 tiles in Gray on the floor in a grid pattern

Photo features Parkway 12 x 24 tiles in Gray on the floor in a grid pattern

 
Photo features Colour Scheme™ Arctic White Solid and Arctic White Speckle 18 x 18 field tile.  Wall features Colour Scheme™ Sunbeam 6 x 12 field tile

Photo features Colour Scheme™ Arctic White Solid and Arctic White Speckle 18 x 18 field tile. Wall features Colour Scheme™ Sunbeam 6 x 12 field tile

LAYOUT TIP # 1

Use two different colors of the same tile in a grid to create a checkerboard effect.

 

BRICKWORK
The brickwork pattern adds a little twist to the basic grid by staggering the grout lines of the tiles. You still get strong horizontal and vertical seam but add interest by interrupting the lines.

Perks of Brickwork Patterns

  • Is easy to work with
  • Requires less complicated cuts
  • Is easy to calculate how much you'll need
  • Draws attention to the floor without overpowering the room
Timber Glen™ in Hickory 6 x 24 field tile in a staggered brick-joint pattern on the floor

Photo features Timber Glen™ in Hickory 6 x 24 field tile in a staggered brick-joint pattern on the floor

 
Square Brickwork

LAYOUT TIP # 2

No room is perfectly square. Start placing tile from the center of the room.

 

DIAMOND
The diamond pattern lays the tiles out corner to corner instead of in horizontal and vertical orientation. You'll still get the perpendicular lines but on the diagonal.

Perks of Diamond Patterns

  • Is an easier alternative to more intricate patterns
  • Makes narrow rooms appear wider or short rooms longer
  • Is fairly easy to estimate how much tile is needed (takes more than grid or brickwork patterns)
  • Elevates a simple design

LAYOUT TIP # 3

Float your kitchen floor to a level state to avoid raised or rough tile edges or uneven-looking grout.

Del Monoco™ in Carmina Beige 20 x 20 field tile in a diamond pattern on the floor

Photo features Del Monoco™ in Carmina Beige 20 x 20 field tile in a diamond pattern on the floor

 

HERRINGBONE
Herringbone uses rectangular tiles in a four-tile pattern (horizontal, vertical, vertical, horizontal). The effect is both perpendicular and diagonal at once.

Perks of Herringbone Patterns

  • Enlarges a small room
  • Gives unique design without extra cost
  • Requires about the same amount of tiles as a grid pattern
  • Uses a highly available tile shape and size

LAYOUT TIP # 4

Round up to the next highest square foot when calculating how much tile you need—or better yet, overestimate a bit.

 

BASKETWEAVE
The basketweave alternates horizontal and vertical rectangular tiles. You can place them in a classic basketweave with a double tile placement or opt to use a single tile for all horizontal placements and two for vertical placements (or vice versa, called vertical basketweave).

Vertical Basketweave Classic Basketweave

LAYOUT TIP # 5

Use larger-sized tiles or very small tiles in any pattern to make a room look bigger.

 

Perks of Basketweave Patterns

  • Requires about the same amount of tile as a grid pattern for vertical basketweave<
  • Uses a widely available tile shape and size
  • Gives unique design without extra cost
  • Creates a mosaic feel



Learn more about tile layouts using two or more types of tile for your kitchen floor tile project.