National Tiles suggests that it’s time to step out of the box when it comes to laying tiles. Traditional lay patterns were pretty straightforward – straight lay patterns were the norm and still continue to be used in many tile installations. However, with the right lay pattern, even the simplest of tiles can be turned into a magical wall or flooring design.

Tile patterns can transform the ambience of a room. The common subway tile can alter a room just by the way it is laid. By simply turning the tile to a 45- or 90-degree angle, one can create a sophisticated herringbone pattern that can be laid in a V or Z shape.

The herringbone lay pattern works perfectly in bathrooms as the shape created by the pattern often enhances the space. This versatile pattern is also recommended for outdoor settings using any rectangular external tile. 

Brick shaped tiles are commonly laid in a horizontal brick bond pattern and are ideal for kitchen splashbacks. Lay them in portrait or diagonal orientation to transform a classic tile into a statement piece.

Any lay type can be accentuated depending on the colour, size and texture of the tile. Choose a grout colour that contrasts with the tile to transform a simple pattern into a contemporary design statement.

Elongated plank shaped tiles can be laid in lots of different ways. For example, in larger spaces a herringbone or diagonal pattern can create a striking look.