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Different types of tiles

27th May '16 • By Emily Ayers

There are various types of tiling layouts that you can use in your kitchen, bathroom or really anywhere you would like, to match your existing décor with finesse. It is important to know the difference between styles as one layout is not a one fit-for-all.

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If your bathroom is fitted with modern furnishings and harbours (minimalistic design) for example, you might opt for a tile layout that does not stand out or is very eye-catching. However, if your bathroom has a rustic look to it, having it covered with oversized tiles which make it appear broader can be the way to go. Here are a few options to help you decide.

Brick
The brick layout is laid in same as the fashion in which masons lay down bricks, with alternating layers matching the pattern. If you are planning to use a single colour and texture tile in a room, then you should opt for a brick layout. This design helps make your room look more stylish, while the pattern created gives off the impression of dimension.

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Vertical brick
The vertical brick layout, as the name suggests, is the brick style but laid on the short edge. This style gives a room an elongated feel. This layout emphasises the height of the room as the viewer usually trails their gaze up, from the floor to the ceiling.

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Stacked
The simplest layout of them all is the stack layout. It consists of small tiles that are stacked together to form a repeating pattern which represents a small grid. When the room that you wish to cover with tiles has a minimalistic theme and no grand gestures are to be made with the tiling choice, stacked layout should be used. It makes the room appear simple, yet elegant.

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Mosaics
A mosaic layout is simply a small fractal tile that has been repeated over and over again in the space of the room which creates a pattern by itself. There are various kinds of mosaic patterns available.

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Herringbone
If the tiles are laid in a Z-formation at right angles you get a herringbone pattern. This style is used to give a sophisticated look to a room, but it can lead to material wastage due to extra cutting it requires.

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