Brick Installation: How to Choose the Best Tile pattern Layout
Choosing the right tile for your project is only the start of your design decision-making. Once you’ve chosen the optimal thin brick product for your project, you’ll have several other factors to consider before you’re ready for installation. Alongside the type of mortar or adhesive you use, you’ll need to choose which grout color and type is right for your project. Finally, when you have all the necessary materials to begin installation, you‘ll need to decide what installation layout is best for your space and which aesthetic appeals to you most. This article will address several layout options to help aid your decision-making process.
Running Bond or Subway Tile or Offset
The running bond or subway tile is the most common installation pattern for brick and other ceramic tiles varieties. In this pattern, each row of tiles is typically offset by half a width (1/4 or 1/3 off sets are also a popular option). To install, do one row at a time, butting the bricks end to end. On the next row, cut one brick in half for the end pieces and install so that the bricks run exactly centered to the previous row. Repeat these first two row patterns again and again until your installation is complete.
Alternative: Diagonal Running Bond
Turning the running bond or subway tile to a 45-degree angle gives a less standard application than the original and works well over curved and uneven spaces.
This zig-zag pattern creates an elegant look that looks exceptional on floors or accent walls and great with our Snohomish color mix or whitewashed brick.
In this design pattern, four outer bricks form a square that encases a half brick or square brick.
In this installation pattern, pairs of bricks alternative vertically and horizontally to create a woven, almost tapestry-like appearance. Commonly used on flooring in entryways, sunrooms/mudrooms, and patios.
Alternative: Diagonal Basket weave
Rotating the basket weave diagonally allows for even more visual depth. Looks great on flooring in entryways, hallways, sunrooms/mudrooms and patios.
Jack on jack, Stack or Straight Lay
The same as running bond except that tiles are fit squarely in neat rows instead of alternating in placement. This creates a basic, repeating grid. Another common pattern, especially for tiles in bathrooms, exterior surfaces, or kitchen backs plashes.
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