My last article was about my fabulous trip to Belgium but one image I failed to include was the one below. I was strolling down the street in Antewerp and the corner facing door of this cafe was wide open. As I walked by, a glimpse of the bold tile floor stopped me in my tracks. I stepped inside and this is what I saw.
Stunning right? All that black and brass is so sophisticated, so chic! (Don’t miss the cute little pooch off to the side hiding under the table!) You can see this dramatic pattern on the floor was created with three colors of hexagon tile.
It’s easy to shop for and purchase bold geometric floor tile and you can find more affordable porcelain alternatives and get the cement tile look for less. What takes just a bit more creativity (and installation time) is a geometric pattern created with basic tile shapes. I love the look of bold patterned tile, I used it on the floor in this bathroom reno and on the fireplace surround in this fireplace makeover too.
Today’s topic is all about patterns made from basic tile shapes, from subtle variations in color to bold statements.
starting with a basic rotating gray and white triangle pattern
wendy word design
another subtle pattern created using tonal rectangular tiles
how cool is this high contrast triangular tile pattern
a creative use of rectangular blue and white glass tile in a random pattern
scallops in random backsplash installation – so cool
I found this creative design made with 3×6” subway tile in a frame formation. Find more idea for installing subway tile in this article about potential subway tile patterns.
Mini hexagons make countless patterns, this takes careful planning but look at the beautiful result!
tim barber x 2
I discovered the Ant Tile Design Gallery has a lot of creative tile patterns. These are mosaics, but notice how all of these patterns are created with triangles.
above images via Ant Tile
This is a cool idea, rotating black and white hex tiles.
Another creative pattern created simply by cutting and swapping triangle corners from rectangular tiles.
Some mosaic tile mesh sheets have built in geometric patterns to inspire a creative layout in your colors of choice, and there are any number of modular or interlocking formations:
The possibilities are endless for combining shapes into creative patterns!
barbara aurell via decoracion