When you're planning a tiling project, it's exciting to choose tile colours and designs – but these aren't the only things which will make a big difference to how your tiled space looks and feels. The tile pattern you choose will also have a big impact on the finished project. Here's our quick run down of eight of the most popular tile pattern choices.

1. The Straight Lay Pattern

This is the most commonly used tile pattern of all, and the easiest to do. It's probably the best choice if you have never tiled before. The tiles are simply laid side by side in a straight line, to give an overall even grid pattern. It's a good choice of pattern for rooms where you don't want the tiles to distract from other design features.

Habitat Wall Tiles
Habitat Wall Tiles
Straight Up Tile Pattern
Straight Up Tile Pattern

2. The Diagonal Lay Pattern

This pattern is very similar to the straight lay, except that it's done at a 45 degree angle, turning the square tiles into diamond shapes. It's a good pattern to move onto if you've done straight lay before. In terms of design, it's a good choice for small areas such as the floor of an ensuite bathroom, as it fools the eye into thinking the space is bigger.

Ted Baker Geotile Wall And Floor Tiles
Ted Baker Geotile Wall And Floor Tiles
Diagonal Tile Patterns
Diagonal Tile Patterns

3. The Brick Pattern

Also calling the running bond, this pattern is reminiscent of a brick wall, where each rectangular tile aligns with the centre of the one above and below it. This is a good pattern to choose for an uneven wall or an imperfect surface. Because the tiles don't line up with one another exactly, the eye is fooled into seeing a cohesive whole.

Metro 10x20cm Wall Tiles Brick Pattern
Metro 10x20cm Wall Tiles Brick Pattern
Brick Tile Patterns
Brick Tile Patterns

4. The Chessboard Pattern

Usually done with alternating black and white tiles in either straight lay or diagonal lay to give a chessboard effect. This is an elegant design, but take care not to spoil the effect by being overly fussy or intricate with other designs in the room.

Vintage Patchwork Floor Tiles
Vintage Patchwork Floor Tiles
Chessboard Tile Pattern
Chessboard Tile Pattern

5. The Herringbone Pattern

This is a tricky tiling pattern, with a column of tiles at a 45 degree angle matched in mirror image by the next column, to form a V shape. It gives an excellent illusion of width and depth, and is popular on driveways and patios as well as for splashbacks.

Herringbone Brick Wall and Floor Tiles
Herringbone Brick Wall and Floor Tiles
Herringbone Tile Pattern
Herringbone Tile Pattern

6. The Basket Weave Pattern

This tiling pattern looks intricate but isn't too hard to do. The illusion of weaving is created by a square of horizontal rectangular tiles next to one of vertically aligned tiles. Because the pattern looks busy, it's recommended for small spaces.

Totem Wall and Floor Tile
Totem Wall and Floor Tile
Basketweave Tile Patterns
Basketweave Tile Patterns

7. The Hexagon Pattern

This beautiful Eastern style will create a wonderful mosaic effect in your space.  You will need to measure your room and find the most central point and tile outwards leaving all the cuts to the edges of the room. Patterned Hexagons create stunning feature walls or floors, mixed with plain hexagon tiles for the ultimate effect.

Souk Wall and Floor Tile
Souk Wall and Floor Tile
Hexagon Tile Patterns
Hexagon Tile Patterns

8. The Versailles Pattern

This elegant pattern uses four different sizes of tiles, and is among the hardest to create. It gives a pleasing appearance of randomness, but in fact, it needs careful planning. Best left to expert installers, it's typically used on floors, but could be used on walls in small, feature areas.

Versailles Tile Pattern
Versailles Tile Pattern
Versailles Tile Pattern
Versailles Tile Pattern