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Three Tips To Remember When Getting Started With Tile Patterns

Contributed by Paul C.
There are many tile patterns you can choose from to increase the look of your floors.  However, this does not mean that you should do so without learning the basics first. Here are three tips to help you on your journey to choosing a pattern that you can enjoy for years into the future.

Each Pattern Has Its Own Uses

Many homeowners may have looked at some images of floor tile patterns online, in magazines, and maybe even in friends’ homes, and that’s good. It’s smart to do some research and get a feel for what you feel is most visually appealing.   However, you’ll need to keep in mind that your space may not be ideal for the pattern you are looking at.  Each layout has certain types of areas that they work best in.  Some even can help to perform specific tasks in terms of how the room is perceived. For example, the diagonal tile pattern is often used to make smaller spaces appear larger than they really are.


Some Materials Are Known To Work Exceptionally Well With Specific Patterns

Similar to how certain patterns are better suited for certain types of areas, some materials seem to work very well with particular materials.  While the material you pick for your floors will of course be influenced by how they will be used, taking the above statement into consideration can really help you to end up with a combination that is eye-catching. There are several well-known pairings for tile floor patterns that always transform the space they are used.  The checkerboard layout for example when used with both black and white marble tiles creates a classic feel like no other. The Versailles pattern when paired with travertine tiles can add an opulence that will be the envy of your guests.


Complex May Not Be What You Need

While it can be enticing to pick a complex pattern especially after doing your research and seeing how phenomenal they can look, it would be a mistake to overlook the simpler patterns.  This is easy to do.  Sometimes people also make the assumption that more complex means more attractive.  But, like we’ve said already each of the tile layout patterns has areas they look best.  And many of the less complex options can be used with success in more of them without creating an effect that is too busy.  But of course picking a material that works well with the layout will go a long way as well even with the simplest of patterns like the straight lay.  An added benefit of these less complicated options is they often allow you to do the installation yourself without having to a hire a pro. However, for the more intricate choices like the herringbone you should not attempt to do them on your own, a professional is the only way to go.

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The tile pattern you ultimately choose can make a real difference in how your project is perceived. So be sure to keep these three tips in mind when considering your options.  And don’t forgot to get advice from a professional if you feel stuck, since any tips or opinions they give you will be sure to save you time and effort.

Author Bio:

Paul C is a professional home improvement writer who contributes regularly writes for sites like: http://www.tilehomeguide.com/  to read more of his work be sure to check out his article Tile Patterns: The Ultimate Quick Read Beginner’s Guide, Including Secrets Of Tile Professionals Revealed!