It is the age-old dilemma: You need to upgrade your home. You need something that looks unique and pricey. However, you don’t have a huge budget. Here’s a tip for you: Save cash on pre-patterned tiles and mesh-mounted mosaics by laying standard rectangular tiles in a herringbone design. Based upon your builder, it may cost slightly more in setup and labor, however an inexpensive tile can be made instantly eye-catching without costing too much.

Design Discoveries

Just take this luxury bathroom for example. A standard 3″x6″ tile placed into a sudden pattern give this bathroom a gorgeous element of design. Imagine this exact same bathroom with a large area of tile laid in a standard grid. It would not seem quite as luxurious or interesting.

Design Discoveries

Employing a herringbone tile layout generates more motion on the ground, guides the eye and makes the space feel more airy and open.

Claudio Ortiz Design Group, Inc..

Even a more rustic and warm setting can benefit from a herringbone pattern. This room sets itself apart from setting a tumbled stone tile in a herringbone design with a larger grout line, providing it a paved look.

Andrea May Hunter/Gatherer

Laying the herringbone pattern in a 45-degree angle into the area is a lively appearance that amuses the room and draws your eye toward the back of the space.

Dan Waibel Designer Builder

Lay your herringbone pattern in a 90-degree angle into the room to get a more subdued and structured feel. This routine is easier to lay and requires fewer tile cuts because it generally lines up with the edge of the room, as opposed to being laid at an angle.

Brian Watford Interiors

You don’t need to adhere to the expected rectangular sizes to receive this look. Save cash using a standard field tile and just create a bordered inset using distinctively shaped accent tiles.

Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio

Add an accent bit within the routine for a special touch. This flooring joins the room together and grounds that extreme red backsplash using a simple and strategically positioned accent tile. This herringbone floor layout will take some preparation, because a few tiles will need to be shorter than the rest to accommodate the accent pieces.

Michael A. Menn

Whether you’re hiring a builder or installing tile yourself, carefully organize your flooring pattern to see where your joints lie and where cuts can be made. By planning out ahead of time and weighing the costs of labor and materials, you can think of a plan that elevates your personality and matches your budget and your space. Have fun, be creative with your tile patterns and the result will be stunning!

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