9 Tile Shapes, Infinite Patterns

9 Tile Shapes, Infinite Patterns

Browse our tile section and you’ll see that we have a tried-and-true, core selection of nine shapes (for now, at least). The options for how you can arrange any given tile shape, however, provides a vast geometric palette to play with. And every day, our team and clients are coming up with new and unique ways to arrange our ceramic tiles. There’s not nearly enough time to cover all the possibilities in one video, so let’s talk about some of our most beloved patterns, starting with our signature Moroccan Fish Scale tile.

1. Magnificent Moroccan Fish Scales

The Moroccan Fish Scale has an unquestionably aquatic shape. It’s commonly staggered horizontally or vertically, with the “tail” pointing upwards, downwards, left or right. Another equally nautical arrangement is the “wave,” a trending pattern that involves positioning our Moroccan Fish Scale tiles so that they mirror one another, horizontally and vertically, to look like its namesake.

Moroccan Fish Scale Tiles

Top left: Large Moroccan Fish Scales - 130 White
Interior Design by Construction2Style, Photography by Lissa Dee
Top right: Medium Moroccan Fish Scales in Wave Pattern - 155 Steel
Bottom: Large Moroccan Fish Scales - 1015E Caribbean Blue
Interior Design - JJ Kokesh & Sons Plumbing

2. Timeless Subway Tile

Subway tile is an all-time classic that has more potential than it lets on: While staggering subway tiles horizontally is the most common arrangement, you can also stack them horizontally to produce a modern aesthetic. Stacking subway tiles vertically is another modern style that creates the illusion of added height. 

Subway Tile

Top left: 3"x8" Subway Tile - 12W Blue Bell
Interior Design & Photography by Marissa Cramer
Top right: Small Bricks & Squares - 1013 Denim, 1016 Costa Rica, 1065 Mint Julep, Custom Color. 2"x6" Subway Tile - 1016 Costa Rica
Interior Design by Fox Interiors, Photography by Alyssa Lee Photography
Bottom: 2"x6" Subway Tile - Custom Color
Interior Design by Emily Pueringer Design, Photography by Rubinski Visual, Contracting by Quality Cut Design | Remodel

3. Twists on The Classic

The possibilities don’t stop there: We’re drawn to how Yond Interiors combined 4x4 and 2x4 inch subway tiles to create a distinctive floor pattern for this primary bath. Another unexpected use of subway tiles is our signature Herringbone pattern, which can add subtle character to any space where it’s used. 

Twist on Subway Tile

Top left: 3"x6" Subway Tile - 214 Coastal Breeze
Architectural Design by Bowerbird Architects, Photography by Matthew Williams
Top right: 2"x6" Subway Tile - 75 Emerald
Interior Design & Photography by Pencil Shavings
Bottom: 4"x4" + 2"x4" Subway Tile - 912 Cloudy Sky
Interior Design by Yond Interiors, Photography by Amanda Birnie

4. Charming Craftsman Squares

Craftsman Square tiles offer a deceptively intricate pattern of rectangles––a look inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and his Prairie style designs. 

Charming Craftsman Squares

Top left: Large Craftsman Squares - 366 Satin Black
Interior Design & Photography by The Faux Martha
Top right: Small Craftsman Squares - 123R Patina
Bottom: Large Craftsman Squares - 920 Midnight Sky + 123R Patina, Custom Color
Interior Design by Brownstone Boys, Photography by Carbon Stories

5. Dazzling Diamonds

Much like subway tile, the diamond is a timeless shape that can be arranged to add new depth and dimension to a floor or backsplash. They can be arranged to create a recognizable “chevron” or “argyle” pattern. Another popular arrangement is the cube formation, which creates the look of a three-dimensional cube.

Dazzling Diamond Tiles

Top left: Medium Diamonds - Eichler Blend
Interior Design by Worthington Design & Remodeling
Top right: Medium Diamonds in Chevron Pattern - 613 Black,  366 Satin Black, 155 Steel
Interior Design and Build by STR8 Modern, Photography by  Alyssa Lee Photography
Bottom: Medium Diamonds - 75 Emerald
Interior Design by Quality Cut Design | Remodel, Photography by Alyssa Lee Photography

6. Honeycomb Inspired Hexagons

Hexagon tiles are geometric bliss. While there’s only one way to arrange a surface of pure hexagons, you can create patterns with color. Sometimes referred to as honeycomb tile, the hexagon flower pattern is clean, unfussy and can be either mid-century retro or Victorian depending on how you style it.

Hexagon Tiles

Top left: Small Hexagons - 1036W Bluegrass
Interior Design by 188sqft
Top right: Hexagon Flower Pattern - 130 White, 45W My Blue Heaven, 23 Sapphire Blue, 3"x8" Subway Tile - 23 Sapphire Blue
Photography by Pencil Shavings
Bottom: Large Hexagons - 96 Chestnut
Interior Design by Emily Pueringer Design, Photography by Rubinski Visual, Contracting by Quality Cut Design | Remodel

7. One-of-a-Kind Geo-Hex & Geo-Star

Pairing different tile shapes can lead to design alchemy. Our diamond and large hexagon tiles are a dynamic duo that, when combined, create two of our favorite arrangements. The Geo-Star is a dazzling star-shaped pattern. The Geo-Hex pattern combines hexagons with the diamond’s cube formation to create a multi-dimensional spectacle.

Geo-Hex and Geo-Star Tiles

Top left: Geo-Hex Pattern - 11 Deco White, 77E Grey, 60 Silver Lining, 24 Dandelion, 32 Canton Jade, 45W My Blue Heaven, 29E Lake Superior
Photography by Sage E Imagery, Styling by Creekwoodhill
Top right: Geo-Star Pattern - 1036W Bluegrass
Interior Design by Freestone Design Build,  Photography by Cassi Hise Photography
Bottom: Geo-Star Pattern - 130 White
Photography by Sage E Imagery, Styling by Creekwoodhill

8. Trendy Triangles

Triangles are another shape that can be arranged in an array of ways beyond what you might expect, creating a Victorian or mid-century modern aesthetic depending on what you want. We love how the Victorian pattern was used in Patti Wagner’s bathroom renovation, using a palette of greens and grays. 

Trendy Triangle Tiles

Top left: Small Triangles - 1036W Bluegrass
Top right: Victorian Pattern - 11 Deco White, 123W Patina (Custom Color), 77E Grey
Interior Design & Photography by Patti Wagner
Bottom: Large Triangles - Custom Blend
Interior Design by Kim Kesti Design

9. Playful Bubbles

Likewise, our Bubble tiles are as playful as they sound. Using fourteen different size circles, our signature bubble tile is irresistibly whimsical and leaves plenty of room to mix-and-match glazes to create a look that’s all your own. 

Bubble Tiles

Top left: Bubbles - 11 Deco White
At Cocoon Salon
Top right: Bubbles - Custom Colors
Bottom: Bubbles11 Deco White, 23 Sapphire Blue, 155 Steel, Custom Colors

If you’re looking for a more straightforward pattern, we have plenty of options – ranging from penny rounds to squares. And be sure to sign up for our newsletter to keep up with the new shapes as they are released. Or, if you’re dreaming up a pattern that we don’t have here, then consider it a sign to get in touch with our design team so we can make it a reality. 

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