Some tile patterns include checkerboard, corridor horizontal, brickwork, herringbone and basket weave. The pattern chosen should correspond with the number of different tiles used. For example, a corridor horizontal pattern works well with one type of tile placed in different directions.
Although many designers offer a "random" pattern, random really is not random at all. It is a method of laying tile in a particular arrangement that appears random. Random floor patterns use a tile percentage similar to 60-percent 12 x 12 tile, 40-percent 6 x 12 tile and 40-percent 6 x 6 tile. Notice that these numbers do not add up to 100 percent. This is to provide a different look throughout the installation and for centering the layout.
The easiest tile patterns to make are those using only one type of tile. Checkerboard, brickwork and basket weave horizontal or vertical use only one tile type. The tiles are laid in an alternating pattern across a floor.
More intricate patterns like herringbone, staggered corridor and vertical brickwork use tiles of varying sizes and colors to create a unique effect. Tile sizes vary depending on the size of the room.
When laying a tile pattern, always remember to begin in the true center of the room and work out. Also, round to the next highest number when measuring the amount of square footage needed for the room.