Tile Patterns For Your Home

 

Cinema Burbank Biege12x24 and 18x18

Cinema Burbank Biege12x24 and 18×18

 All of us want to make our home unique.  In flooring we see floors set straight and floors set on an diagonal. But is that all we can do on the floor, without putting in a medallion or some other kind of mosaic work?

With most floors it is easy to make a change from a straight or a diagonal installation. Simply by installing a tile in a pattern suddenly you go from having the same pattern everyone has to a completely different floor. And one that you can walk into many of the homes in Las Vegas and else where and never see this pattern repeated on the floor.

 

Legend Titan 3 piece pattern

Legend Titan 3 piece pattern

Even using a simple stagger joint pattern can make your home truly unique. Offsetting the tile by half or thirds is a very simple pattern to do. The question after that is usually does offsetting your tile by a half or a third cause you to waste more material when you are setting the floor. And the answer is no. When you cut the tile in half you already have the next row you are using that cut. If you are off setting your tile by thirds you have the next two rows. So while you may be cutting more tiles, you are not wasting more tile when you are setting your floor.The next question that is usually on everyone’s mind is, does setting your tile this way take you more time? Initially, yes it does but only during the initial start of the project. Once you get  the pattern you chose going in a few hours you will be moving right along having the floor installed.

Grandeur Elegant Amber 12x12 and 18x18 in a Step Pattern

Grandeur Elegant Amber 12×12 and 18×18 in a Step Pattern

Now if you want to make your home even more unique you may be thinking of using more than one size of tile. And if that is the case, you will need to keep the pattern not only firmly in your mind when you are installing your tile but also when you are purchasing your tile. For example a true Versailles pattern will have seven different sizes that you are setting when you are doing your tile project. More commonly used patterns will use two, three, or even four different sizes.

The pattern when you are setting your tile will give the appearance of being random when you start using three sizes or more. And the more sizes one uses means the tiles should be calibrated so they can be used in a pattern. Calibrated means that the tiles are designed to be used together in a pattern.

Urbanite Stone

Urbanite Stone

In most patterns this is very important if you want to maintain a proper grout joint. But if you are doing a step pattern, or a pinwheel pattern this is can be less of a concern for you. But as long as you stay consistent doing the pattern the way you start, you should never run  into cutting one of the tiles into a different shape in the middle of your floor.

Once you figure out your square footage at Designer Tile Plus and you decide to go with a pattern with 2, 3, 4 or even 7 pieces. We will simply break down how much you need in every size that you will need to do the pattern you want to do. Our number one goal when you are doing a pattern on your floor in our store is to get the right amount of each size. That way when you do your pattern you are not running back and forth from your home to our store.

 

The creation of a medallion

We thought that there might be some interest in the process of making a medallion.

We first try to choose interesting stones
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We then cut the stone into the needed shapes
Corwin at the saw

From there we put the design together on a mesh
medallion master

After completion we store the design until picked up by the tile contractor.
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When the medallion is ready for installation a hole is cut the size of the medallion.
cut in

Because of the size of some medallions, it is sometimes necessary to install the medallion in parts.
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After installation it is important to wait a day prior to grouting.during 2