Floor Tile Design Ideas

Black-and-White Checkerboard

There are hundreds of thousands of floor tile design ideas to choose from, which make this interior design task particularly daunting. Bathrooms, kitchens, entryways, outdoor patios--all of these spaces can benefit from a well-thought-out floor design.

Before you rush out and buy the same old white ceramic or slate squares, consider your options. Today there are so many beautiful designs and styles to choose from--from a black-and-white checkered floor to a geometric-weave Spanish ceramic tile courtyard. Finding the right color and tile is only the beginning. The most fun comes when choosing a pattern that will add rhythm and movement to a space.

Visual Impact

Different patterns of floor tile can strongly influence the character of a space. For example:

Pattern

  • Tight patterns will make a room seem larger
  • Large patterns can make a room look smaller
  • A simple design maintains a peaceful, calm ambiance
  • An intricate mosaic pattern provides a pop of color and interest

Color

  • Light colors will make a room seem larger
  • Dark or vivid colors make a room feel smaller
  • Consider the colors and flooring of adjacent rooms
  • Choose a color that is timeless and will last through several decor transitions
Portuguese Tile Pattern

Tile Types

Visiting your local tile dealer can prove an overwhelming task if you aren't armed with the right information about the type of tile that will work best in your space. The most important thing to consider is how much foot traffic the room receives on a given day.

  • Ceramic
  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Limestone
  • Travertine
  • Granite
  • Mosaic

Floor Tile Design Ideas

Below is a list of the various, and seemingly endless types of floor tile design ideas that you can create with a basic large square, small square, half-square, and hexagon.

Design Ideas
Corridor Hopscotch Steppingstone
Lacework Cobblestone Windmill
Alternating Basketweave Pinwheel
Brickweave Checkered Squares Hexagon with Dot
Multi Pinwheel Alternating Vertical Brickwork Square
Diamond Herringbone Checkerboard
Mini Grid Hexagon Brickwork

How to Choose the Right Pattern

Because there are an exhausting number of ways to put tile together, the first thing you need to consider after color is the type of pattern that is right for your space. If your decor is more traditional, try a classic herringbone or cobblestone design with honed stone tiles. If your taste leans to more modern or contemporary designs gravitate towards a monochromatic palette, linear patterns, such as a horizontal grid, hopscotch, or vertical brick pattern.

There are several resources for finding the right pattern for your space. Look online at DalTile.com for a comprehensive guide to dozens of different designs. You can narrow down your choice and then begin to experiment with different types of stones and variations of color.

Making Your Final Decision

  • Look through magazines, at various online resources, and visit your local tile store to discover which patterns and color schemes you like
  • After choosing your colors, make a true-to-life design with color photocopies of your tile samples
  • Cut the copies into large squares, small squares, half-squares, and hexagons
  • Experiment with pattern ideas and continue to rework until you come up with two design ideas that you love
  • Take your patterns to friends whose sense of style you trust or to a professional tile setter and ask for advice

Finally, take your pattern and tile choices to a tile store to get an accurate idea of how much to order. Ask them to recommend a professional tile setter so you know you will receive quality sub-contracting work>.

Floor Tile Design Ideas