Top 5 Wall Tile Patterns

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    Checkerboard Wall Tile Pattern

    Checkerboard Wall Tile Pattern
    Checkerboard Wall Tile Pattern. Getty / Richard Dunkley

    Your wall tile pattern is vitally important because it heavily influences how you feel about a room.  Not just that:  consider how difficult it will be to change that pattern if it does not suit you.

    To help you get it right, we have narrowed down the nearly infinite world of wall patterns to the top few that you will like, beginning with the classic...

    Checkerboard

    Description:  Checkerboard is a gridwork tile pattern with two different colors alternating equally across the wall.

    You Will Love It:  Checkerboard wall tile is simple to lay because you are dealing with horizontals and two colors only.  Second to a single-color horizontal pattern, checkerboard is the easiest wall tile pattern to lay.

    Or It Might Drive You Crazy:  Checkerboard may be fun at first, but after awhile it can begin to feel gimmicky.  Your bathroom may begin to feel like a replica 1950s diner, a circus, or the Indy 500.

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  • 02 of 05

    Gridwork Wall Tile Pattern

    Gridwork Stacked Tile Pattern
    Gridwork Stacked Tile Pattern. via Amazon

    Description:  Gridwork tiles are stacked one on top of each other, in a methodical pattern.  Gridwork tile is a larger category that has numerous variations.  

    You Will Love It:  Gridwork is the easiest tile pattern because you are not dealing with difficult diagonal cuts.  For geometrically-challenged homeowners, nothing can be easier than stacking one tile on top of the other.  

    Or It Might Drive You Crazy:  Grid tile has the danger of monotony when every tile is the same color.  To combat this, vary the color spectrum with at least 3 different tile colors.  Keep colors all relatively within the same range, as shown in this image.

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  • 03 of 05

    Single Tile Horizontal + Diamond Border Wall Tile

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    Diamond Border Wall Tile Design. Copyright Lee Wallender; Licensed to About.com

    Description:  Gridwork wall tile pattern on the bottom 90% of the wall.  The top 10% is diamond pattern of the same color as below or a different color.

    You Will Love It:  Diamond border wall tile patterns are a slightly more complicated way of making your installation look more elegant.  The border diamond tiles come pre-set on mesh strips often up to 12" long. There is no need to individually set these tiles. 

    Or It Might Drive You Crazy:  Unlike the checkerboard tile pattern, the diamond border design requires that you purchase two different kinds of tile:  diamond and grid.  Ultimately, though, this is just a grid tile pattern that gets the slightly fancy touch of diamond along the top.

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  • 04 of 05

    Wall Tile: Diamond Field, Grid Border

    Wall Tile - Diamond Field, Grid Border
    Wall Tile - Diamond Field, Grid Border. © Lee Wallender

    Description:  The tile field--the majority area of the installation--is laid out in a diamond pattern.  Bordering this is simple grid-work tile.  The outermost tiles are 1" x 4". Then, you have a smaller border of 1" x 6" tiles, and in the center are 1" x 4" diagonal tiles.

    You Will Love It:  This is the classic wall tile pattern for a backsplash or behind a stove. The pattern you see could be stretched horizontally as far as needed to accommodate the width of the stove or sink.

    Or It Might Drive You Crazy:  All of that diagonally-laid tile, plus the fact that a third tile--the 1" x 6" tiles--is required to separate the field from the border.  

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  • 05 of 05

    Diamond Border + Diamond Field Wall Tile

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    Diamond Border, Diamond Field. Copyright Lee Wallender; Licensed to About.com

    Description:  A diamond pattern field tile topped with a diamond border and that again topped with smaller brick patterned tile.

    You Will Love It:  Bold tile pattern that turns itself into a work of art.  Bathrooms that have the ornate touch can only benefit from this pattern.

    Or It Might Drive You Crazy:  This complicated-to-install tile pattern can be visually distracting, even to the point of being chaotic.