Tile Shapes Explained

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Tile Shapes Explained

You can create incredible tile patterns just by being a little bolder with your choice of tile shape. The size of your tiles can also dramatically change the look of your room, we’ll explain all that here.

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Tile Shapes

We hope you love our great range of different tile shapes, we'll run you through them so you can make the best choice for your new space.

Click on any topic below and we’ll take you directly to our tips. Come back to this index at any time if you need more information.

Penny rounds These charming circular tiles are the perfect addition to complement a coastal or contemporary style. Ideal for adding texture in place of pattern.
Subway tiles First seen in a New York subway in 1904 they’re now in homes across the world. In 2021 you’ll find these beauties stretched to elongated forms in our current Trend Forecast.
Hexagon Geometric Hexagon shapes inject depth and dimension into space. Feature on bathroom walls or a kitchen splashback as a piece of art.  
Rectangle If you like sleek and streamlined, you’ll love rectangular shapes. An eternal classic, there are so many ways to personalise rectangular shapes through laying patterns.
Chevron The zigzag effect of chevron shapes adds dynamic interest to floors and walls. Timber look Chevron’s are one to watch in our current Trend Forecast.
Square Simple lines and an understated aesthetic give square shapes their timeless appeal. They’re also incredibly versatile to suit any room or style. Make a statement with trending Patterned Decors.
Slabs Not exactly a shape but these beauties deserve a mention for their size and beauty. Our largest slabs are 3metres x 1metre and what you can do with them is amazing.

 

Featured Tiles

Splackback Wall Tile: Touchstone Hex Nero Mosaic

Our Hot Tip: Explore the many different sizes of tiles we have on offer here

Tile Shapes

Beaumont ambassadors Kyal & Kara are the masters of transforming interior spaces through the use of tiles - let Kara run you through all the different sizes available.

Tile Shapes Explained by Kyal & Kara

Beaumont ambassadors Kyal & Kara are the masters of transforming interior spaces through the use of tiles - let Kara run you through all the different sizes available.

Tile Shapes

We hope you love our great range of different tile shapes, we'll run you through them so you can make the best choice for your new space.

Click on any topic below and we’ll take you directly to our tips. Come back to this index at any time if you need more information.

Penny rounds These charming circular tiles are the perfect addition to complement a coastal or contemporary style. Ideal for adding texture in place of pattern.
Subway tiles First seen in a New York subway in 1904 they’re now in homes across the world. In 2021 you’ll find these beauties stretched to elongated forms in our current Trend Forecast.
Hexagon Geometric Hexagon shapes inject depth and dimension into space. Feature on bathroom walls or a kitchen splashback as a piece of art.  
Rectangle If you like sleek and streamlined, you’ll love rectangular shapes. An eternal classic, there are so many ways to personalise rectangular shapes through laying patterns.
Chevron The zigzag effect of chevron shapes adds dynamic interest to floors and walls. Timber look Chevron’s are one to watch in our current Trend Forecast.
Square Simple lines and an understated aesthetic give square shapes their timeless appeal. They’re also incredibly versatile to suit any room or style. Make a statement with trending Patterned Decors.
Slabs Not exactly a shape but these beauties deserve a mention for their size and beauty. Our largest slabs are 3metres x 1metre and what you can do with them is amazing.

Our Hot Tip: Explore the many different sizes of tiles we have on offer here

Tile Shapes

We hope you love our great range of different tile shapes, we'll run you through them so you can make the best choice for your new space.

Click on any topic below and we’ll take you directly to our tips. Come back to this index at any time if you need more information.

Penny rounds These charming circular tiles are the perfect addition to complement a coastal or contemporary style. Ideal for adding texture in place of pattern.
Subway tiles First seen in a New York subway in 1904 they’re now in homes across the world. In 2021 you’ll find these beauties stretched to elongated forms in our current Trend Forecast.
Hexagon Geometric Hexagon shapes inject depth and dimension into space. Feature on bathroom walls or a kitchen splashback as a piece of art.  
Rectangle If you like sleek and streamlined, you’ll love rectangular shapes. An eternal classic, there are so many ways to personalise rectangular shapes through laying patterns.
Chevron The zigzag effect of chevron shapes adds dynamic interest to floors and walls. Timber look Chevron’s are one to watch in our current Trend Forecast.
Square Simple lines and an understated aesthetic give square shapes their timeless appeal. They’re also incredibly versatile to suit any room or style. Make a statement with trending Patterned Decors.
Slabs Not exactly a shape but these beauties deserve a mention for their size and beauty. Our largest slabs are 3metres x 1metre and what you can do with them is amazing.

Our Hot Tip: Explore the many different sizes of tiles we have on offer here

Tile Shapes Explained by Kyal & Kara

Beaumont ambassadors Kyal & Kara are the masters of transforming interior spaces through the use of tiles - let Kara run you through all the different sizes available.

Winners from The Block 2014, Shannon & Simon Vos chose Beaumonts for their recent Coffs to Cali project pictured here!

Penny Rounds

Penny round tiles are the perfect alternative to traditional square mosaics for features in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, or any other space you might tile. They even give the classic subway tile a run for its money.

Penny round tiles are the ideal choice for taking a wall or even a floor surface to the next level. Penny tiles add texture and a subtle flair to your design or opt for a sharply contrasting grout - like white grout framing black penny round tiles - when you want to create a bold graphic look.

They will come on a mosaic sheet for ease of installation, in fact, you could tackle your own kitchen splashback with these and make a stunning improvement to the look of your kitchen.

Featured Tiles

Top Wall Tile: Penny Round Cinder Grey Mosaic

Bottom Wall Tile: Antique Pantheon Pietra Polished

Our Hot Tip: If you need more inspiration you can get all the details on Simon’s Coffs to Cali project right here.

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles are the ultimate vintage icon. Their fame dates back to the original walls on the New York underground stations in the 1900's.

The humble subway tile has undergone some enhancements over the years. In the early years, it represented a white, bright and clean look. Traditional white subway tiles are still a classic, minimal look. But today these tiles can be found in every colour of the rainbow, in every texture, pattern and a huge range of styles, with both straight and hand-made irregular edges.

Subway tiles are rectangular wall tiles with a traditional size of 3x6 inches or around 75x150mm. In more recent years the look has been updated to include 75x300mm wall tiles. The subway tile is the quintessential link to the past to create this classic style that has not only survived but thrived throughout the twentieth century well into the new millennium.

View our stunning Subway range.

Featured Tiles

Floor Tile: Promenado White Textured

Shower Wall Tile: Atmosphere Pink Gloss

Wall Tile: Atmosphere White Gloss

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Hexagon

Add a couple of sides to each of your tiles to add a whole extra dimension to your layout.

Six-sided hexagons are the perfect shape to balance geometric complexity and repeatability. Hexagon tiles come in all sizes from large right down to no bigger than penny round mosaics, meaning there’s a hexagon for every surface and look. Emphasise the hexagonal shape further by choosing a contrasting grout colour. 

Hexagonal Mosaic Tiles

Hexagons are on-trend for mosaic tiles, particularly in lux materials like Carrara marble and natural stones. In a bathroom, pair a hexagon mosaic feature wall with rose gold tapware for a softer, high-end finish or contrast against matt black tapware and strong angles for a bolder look.

Hexagonal Floor Tiles

For adding interest to a floor in a bathroom, kitchen, living area or outdoors, hexagonal floor tiles are a bold and rewarding choice. This is your opportunity to explore patterns and highlight the pleasing geometry throughout your space with a contrasting grout.

 

When working any tiles but in particular shapes, you must dry lay them and really consider where all your cut points and joins will be.

Featured Tile

Splashback Wall Tile: Mono Hex Black Mosaic

Rectangle

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.

Featured Tiles

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.

Chevron

Chevron is another close relative of herringbone, but with a small change that makes a big difference to the overall effect. Instead of using purely rectangular tiles, the ends of each tile in this pattern meet the sides at a 45 degree or 30-degree angle. This parallelogram shape creates a more angular and unique layout.

Remember when you’re planning your tile layout that it’s always a good idea to “dry lay” your tiles before sticking them down to make sure you’re 100% happy with the results.

Be sure to share your layout ideas with any of our expert staff when choosing your tiles. Depending on the pattern and tiles you choose we can help you plan out the quantities you need, the cuts and anything else you need for a job you’ll love for many years to come.

Featured Tiles

Floor Tile: 1218847 Artwood Chocolate Brown Chevron (Left-hand goes with right)

Floor Tile: 1218848 Artwood Chocolate Brown Chevron (Right-hand goes with left)

Our Hot Tip: If you need help understanding what style suits you best, our What's My Style Quiz is here to help! Click here to find your style in just a few minutes and receive a personalised Style Booklet that's uniquely you. 

Square

The square tile is probably the most traditional shape but doesn’t have to be conservative. Available in plain colours, in marble and stone looks, the tile can be laid in straight rows, offset, or even laid as a diamond.

Featured Tiles

Floor Tile: Maximo Grey 

Our Hot Tip: Your grout colour and thickness can take your look from subtle to bold! Click here to find out more information on types of grout and our tips for choosing the right colour for your project.

Lucy Cornes from @sheshopped talks slabs. 

Slabs

With breathtaking beauty and remarkable practicality, these man-made emulations of large natural stone slabs have opened up doors to new design innovations we’ve so far only been able to imagine.

Only tiles that are 800x1600mm or bigger are worthy of being called slabs. Anything below that size is deemed large format or a standard size.

Slabs are also thin, so very practical and can be used for kitchen splashbacks, countertops, dining tables, bathroom walls or floors, a feature wall in a dining room, or a main floor - in fact even outside for facades and external cladding.

Our slabs provide any project with innovative construction solutions. With their large size, slabs can be installed as facades in fewer steps. We're hard-pressed to find a better, quicker flooring option for living room renovations either.

Our Hot Tip: We have Australia's best range of Slabs! Browse our range here

Benefits Of Slabs

Eco Friendly

They are also eco-friendly, consuming less raw quarry materials than other types of porcelain tiles and are fired in a hybrid kiln that requires less energy to produce. They can also be produced with recycled materials, using the precious resources we already have

Precise Finish

The slim lines and mechanical strength of slabs make them perfect for decorative feature walls, a streamlined look for floors, and even a porcelain veneer for furniture. Slabs offer a seamless solution for cladding kitchen countertops, islands or bathrooms. They also save time in renovation projects with the ability to tile over existing floors.

Strong and Durable

Slabs inherit all the core qualities from their ceramic and porcelain cousins. Slabs have high physical strength to stand up to scratching, wear and tear, and even rapid temperature changes. UV light will not fade them, and chemicals won’t challenge their integrity.

Aesthetics

With the same incredible beauty of natural slabs of stone, it’s difficult not to be wowed by their scale. The technological capabilities of the manufacturing process are beyond imagination, achieving intricate stone veining, exposed aggregate concrete or terrazzo, and dramatic book matched marble.

Safe

Tiles are made from natural raw materials, which make them completely safe with no toxic resins, chemical binders or VOC gases.

Low maintenance

The benefits of Slabs start to become crystal clear when you measure up your space and discover you will only need 2- 3 tiles across one wall...that’s only 2 grout joints! Add to that the usual easy upkeep of porcelain tiles that are naturally mould and stain-resistant and you can sit back and relax knowing just how little care and cleaning tiles need.

Featured Tiles

Floor Tile: Timeless Amani Grey

Wall Tile: Grand Atlantis Gold Silk

Our Hot Tip: Our Slab brochure is packed full of handy information and our stunning ranges. Click here to view.