One of the most versatile and timeless shapes in tiles, the rectangle which comes in an array of large and small sizes, wide and narrow, can be arranged into a myriad of laying patterns.
Whether it's a modern stacked pattern, the traditional feel of brick bond or more contemporary staggered bond, the rectangular shape is one of the most popular shapes sold in floor and wall tiles.
One of the most striking and effective tile patterns for any wall or floor, big or small, is herringbone. Herringbone is an ideal pattern for when you want to draw the eye through a space, this direction pattern is achieved by laying rectangular tiles in a zig-zag pattern.
The 45-degree herringbone pattern takes the simpler 90-degree herringbone pattern up a notch, where you make sure the tiles are angled 45 degrees to the surface you are tiling. The “vertical” variation of this pattern ensures the pattern points upwards (for a wall) and into a room for a floor. The horizontal variation flips this around, with the direction of the pattern pointing along a wall or across a room.
Long rectangular plank style floor tiles are better not laid in a brick bond but can still be laid in a staggered bond, off-setting the joints. This will minimise any slippage. We also recommend using a tile levelling system during installation.
Floor Tile: Beachwood Kuni Grey
Our Hot Tip: There are so many ways you can lay tiles! Check out our page dedicated to tile laying patterns here.