Now offering 0% special financing. Click here for pre-approval of financing.

Single Blog Title

This is a single blog caption

Which Floor Tile Pattern Is Right For Your Home?

When planning your tile flooring project, one of the first things to do is choose a tile pattern that matches your preference. The right floor tile pattern helps make the space your own. With so many options available, you can feel overwhelmed when choosing a tile pattern.

To help you make an informed decision, we have created a list of several popular floor tile patterns for homes in the Sonoma Valley. Take a look.

Straight Lay

The straight lay tile pattern is a simple grid where every square tile aligns perfectly with the tile next to it. It is perfect for rooms where you want to keep the design simple yet modern as well as for intricately designed rooms. When used strategically, the unique long straight grout lines can guide the eye to a focal point.


The diagonal tile pattern is similar to the straight lay pattern; the only difference is that the grid is turned at a 45-degree angle to create a diamond shape. When used strategically, the tile pattern can make a small room look bigger and wider. The 45-degree angle creates an optical illusion that shifts the focus from the narrow space of the room to the grout lines.


The checkerboard tile pattern is characterized by its iconic black and white checkerboard appearance and is laid the same way as the straight lay and diagonal tile patterns. The alternating color scheme makes tile floors with this pattern stand out.

The checkerboard tile pattern is often used for bathrooms, kitchens, entryways, and living rooms. Since the checkerboard tile pattern has such a unique look, we recommend that you use it exclusively for rooms with simple decor. In rooms with white walls, checkerboard tile floors blend seamlessly with decor. On the other hand, when used for intricately designed rooms, checkerboard tile floors can look tacky.

Running Bond

The running bond tile pattern utilizes rectangular or subway tiles. In this pattern, tiles are laid out in the same way bricks are laid. The tile pattern is often used to hide design and other imperfections such as crooked walls. Offset grout lines make it difficult for the eye to focus on minor imperfections.


Famed for its elegant and intricate look, the herringbone pattern resembles the skeleton of a herring fish, hence the name. It is one of the most complex design styles for tile floors. The layout is achieved by placing rectangular tiles in a zigzag pattern. It is often used for small bathrooms and narrow hallways to make them look bigger.

Rugworks is a renowned flooring company serving the Sonoma Valley. No matter how complex your flooring project is, you can rest assured that our pros have the expertise required to turn your vision into reality. To learn more, call (707) 935-0648.

Leave a Reply