Inspiration and DIY 3-Tile Patterns for Unique Floor Tile

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3-TILE PATTERNS FOR UNIQUE FLOOR TILE

Your tile pattern can take your floor from ordinary to extraordinary. An intricate three-tile pattern can really make your floor a conversation piece. Get creative with these eight popular patterns for three different tiles.

CORRIDOR
The basic two-tile Corridor pattern is taken to the next level with three tiles. There are three variations you can use with the same three tiles. Corridor Layered uses two sizes of square tiles and a rectangular tile laid out in vertical rows with brick jointing. The Corridor Modular uses the same three tiles and vertical layout but in a grid pattern instead of brick. Diamond Corridor is just like Modular but is laid out on the diagonal for a diamond pattern.

  • You'll need 40 pieces of 12 x 12, 80 pieces of 6 x 12, and 80 pieces of 6 x 6 per 100 square feet for the Layered pattern
  • You'll need 40 pieces of 12 x 12, 40 pieces of 6 x 12, and 160 pieces of 6 x 6 per 100 square feet for the Modular pattern
  • You'll need 7 pieces of 12 x 12, 20 pieces of 12 x 24, an 13 pieces of 24 x 24 per 100 square feet for the Diamond pattern
Corridor Layered Corridor Modular Diamond Corridor
 

DIVISIBLE
This mathematically-minded pattern is laid out in blocks of 12 x 12 for a classic feel that's anything but traditional. The pattern alternates 12 x 12 blocks made with different sized tiles.

  • You'll need 33 pieces of 12 x 12, 67 pieces of 6 x 12, and 134 pieces of 6 x 6 per 100 square feet for the Divisible pattern
Divisible

TRELLIS
The Trellis pattern uses three proportionate tiles to create a fancy grid that spells tradition with flair. It is created in 18 inch blocks using one 12 x 12 on the bottom left, then lining the top and bottom of the 12 x 12 with 6 x 12 tiles and filling in the top right corner with a 6 x 6 square. Trellis can also be modified (Block Trellis) to use larger tiles (12 x 12, 12 x 24, and 24 x 24).

  • You'll need 46 pieces of 12 x 12, 88 pieces of 6 x 12, and 40 pieces of 6 x 6 per 100 square feet for the Trellis pattern
  • You'll need 25 pieces of 12 x 12, 25 pieces of 12 x 24, and 6 pieces of 24 x 24 per 100 square feet for Block Trellis pattern
Trellis Block Trellis
 

PLAIN WEAVE
The Plain Weave combines what you love from several different patterns into one. It is a traditional grid and herringbone at the same time. The repeating pattern uses a 12 x 12 then a 6 x 12 and 6 x 6 lining the 12 x 12's right side. The leftover six inches is filled in by the next 12 x 12 and then the pattern repeats.

  • You'll need 57 pieces of 12 x 12, 100 pieces of 6 x 12, and 60 pieces of 6 x 6 per 100 square feet for the Plain Weave pattern
Plain Weave

STAGGERED VERTICAL BRICKWORK
This pattern uses linear tiles for a twist on a brickwork pattern that is sure to draw attention. It uses rectangular tiles arranged in corridors with a brick joint reminiscent of a cobblestone street.

  • You'll need 25 pieces of 12 x 24, 25 pieces of 8 x 24, and 25 pieces of 4 x 24 per 100 square feet for the Staggered Vertical Brickwork pattern
Staggered Vertical Brickwork

TRIAD HOPSCOTCH
Hopscotch is a pattern you can use with two or more tiles. The three-tile version combines brickwork joints with three different sized tiles for a beautiful and interesting floor. Use an 18 x 18 tile then align a 12 x 12 and a 6 x 6 to the right of the 18 x 18. Fill the remaining space on the bottom right with the next 18 x 18 tile and repeat the pattern.

  • You'll need 29 pieces of 18 x 18, 28 pieces of 12 x 12, and 24 pieces of 6 x 6 per 100 square feet for the Triad Hopscotch pattern
Triad Hopscotch

PINWHEEL MODIFIED
Pinwheel is another favorite pattern you can do with two tiles. With three tiles it creates even more dimension and it has an almost basket weave look. It uses the same pattern as the two-tile version with a square tile separating each repeat of the pattern. Four 12 x 18s are placed in alternating horizontal and vertical alignment with a 6 x 6 in the center. A 12 x 12 is placed in the top right of the pattern then the pattern is repeated.

  • You'll need 55 pieces of 12 x 18, 14 pieces of 12 x 12, and 12 pieces of 6 x 6 per 100 square feet for the Pinwheel Modified pattern
Pinwheel Modified

SOLDIERED
Similar to the pinwheel is the soldiered pattern. This pattern requires three tiles: 12 x 12, 6 x 12, and 6 x 6. A 12 x 12 is placed then the 6 x 12s and 6 x 6s are placed to surround the 12 x 12 in an alternating pattern.

  • You'll need 25 pieces of 12 x 12, 100 pieces of 6 x 12, and 100 pieces of 6 x 6 per 100 square feet for the Soldiered pattern
Soldiered
 

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