Five Principles of Tile Design

1. Design with color

- Color can change the mood of a room, highlight its good points and obscure its bad points
- Counters and walls can use tiles that complement or contrast in color to those used on the floor
- Tile can be cut into one-quarter size and alternate colors to create custom borders

2. Design with direction

- Tile can be set with a straight joint, brick joint, or patterns such as herringbone, basket weave, etc
- Change direction from straight set, to a 458 angle in another room to define different areas of the home
- Use modular sizes of tile, to create patterns
- Change sizes to delineate specific areas

3. Design with size

- Use modular tiles in two or more sizes to create multiple piece patterns.
- Change sizes within an installation to create unique effects or to delineate specific areas or rooms

4. Design with decorative factory pieces

- Tile can be installed in an "area rug" configuration
- Medallions can be tied in with the home's architecture
- Use listellos to border or personalize any room
- Custom fabricate tiles using water jet technology

5. Design with relief and texture

- Use various textures together for unique effects
- Tile provides the ability to inset different tiles or stones


The tile patterns that you can create with different tiles are limited only by your own Tile design ideas. A large variety of standard tile designs, ideas and tile patterns are available. Some tile manufacturers may make special custom tile designs for you.