Decorating your floor with ceramics can add a much-needed pop of color to your home. Ceramic tiles and quite affordable and give your home an elegant and unique touch without drowning out other areas of the room.
Once you have picked out the ceramic tiles you wish to use, the next step is to select the kind of design you want to create. If you are unsure which designs to go for, here is a basic guide of the types of patterns you can choose, along with brief descriptions:
Straight – This design is fairly straightforward and reliable enough to create a subtle yet, elegant look. This is especially perfect if you are looking for tiles that have a bright, uniform and bold color that is guaranteed to draw attention to your floor.
Running bond – This pattern is commonly referred to as the offset pattern as the width of the tiles offsets the design by about half. You can get creative and use tiles that have intricate designs, coupled with a bold color.
Diagonal – This design is both interesting and eclectic as the tiles are laid at a 45° angle making the surface appear more expansive and broad. Much like the running bond, this design is probably more suitable for ceramic tiles that have a nice, beautiful pattern on their surface.
Hopscotch – With this design, four large tiles surround a smaller one to create a pinwheel effect. If you are looking to get more creative with your ceramic tiles, you can pick a different colored tile to place in the middle of the four bigger ones. This will create a beautiful and elaborate pattern that is sure to make people envious of your décor.
Checkerboard – This design allows you to mix two different colors of your tiles and alternate them in a diagonal or straight pattern.
Basketweave – Combine rectangular ceramic tiles with square ones to create a beautiful, woven effect. You can use two different colors of ceramic tiles to create a more alluring effect, or you can use different shades of the same colored tiles.
Windmill – This design involves surrounding a single square ceramic tile with four rectangular ones to create a grid like effect. Much like the hopscotch design, the square tile can be different in color from the rectangular ceramic tiles. You can choose to make the square tile darker than the rectangular ones or vice versa, to ensure that your floor stands out from the rest of the room.
There many other designs you can try to brighten up your floor, and, if you are creative enough, you can create your own custom pattern. Painting plain tiles to create your own designs is not only a fun way to get creative but, is a cheaper option than buying tiles that have already been painted.
Take care not to use colors that end up drowning out the rest of the room. It is also best to consider the overall design of your room to ensure that your tiles don’t clash.