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Popular Tile Layouts That You Should Know About

If you want to make a space stand out, whether in your home or in your commercial property, you can do so with the right tile pattern. With tiling, you have so many options to choose from, which makes it a great option if you want to personalize your space and make it stand out. Here are some of the popular tile layouts that you should know about:


These are timeless patterns for floor and wall tiles. Classic ones are the easiest patterns to lay, especially if you’re doing it yourself. Using these patterns are perfect if you want a space to look smart and modern.

Traditional Stack

A traditional stack layout for tiles is one of the most popular because it’s so simple. All you need to do is layout all the tiles in straight lines to form a neat grid—and that’s it! So, if you’re looking to DIY it to save on labour costs, then it’ll do you good to go with a traditional stack layout. It is perfect for square and rectangular tiles as well.


This layout is similar to the traditional stack, the only difference is that this layout is rotated at a 45-degree angle. When you lay square tiles diagonally, it quickly turns into a diamond, which is perfect for tight spaces such as bathrooms. Tiles that are laid out diagonally can highlight the longer lines that run diagonally across the room. You can also use this layout for small wall features such as splashback tiles.

Brick Bond

This type of layout is laid out in rows—each row offset half a tile length from the row either side of it. It’s how bricks are laid out in a wall, and it creates a staggered look without the strict stacked pattern. With this layout, you can choose to do it horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

Alternating Stacked Layouts

This layout is a combination of traditional and brick bond patterns that carry a distinctive style. To do this layout, begin with a normal stacked layout and shift every second row up half a tile width. This layout may be a little complicate to DIY, so you may want to hire an expert to do the tiling for you to get the best results.


This layout is one of the most effective and striking patterns today. It is used when you want to draw the eye through a space. You can achieve this by laying rectangular tiles in a zig-zag pattern.

French Pattern

You may see a French pattern and think of it as something “random.” Over time, the intricate pattern and its careful planning will become apparent. This pattern uses tiles of different sizes, and is ideal for outdoor areas or for a more “bohemian” effect.


Similar to the pinwheel pattern, but the central square tile is surrounded by four rectangles that form a larger square.


This is also known as hopscotch and it surrounds a small square tile with much larger square tiles that create that pinwheel effect.


Knowing the various tile layouts will help you create a unique design plan for your flooring. Now that you understand the many different types of tiling layouts, which one do you think is the perfect one for your property?

Do you need help with tiling installations and waterproofing services? Contact our team at Smooth Service Tiling in Brisbane today! We’re happy to help!

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