Tile Patterns and Shapes Guide
February 3, 2021

Tiles to me are what makes or breaks a bathroom so picking out the right color, shape, and material is just as important as its installation. The layout of your tile can make it a stunning supporting piece or an eye-catching center of attention. If you are an experienced renovator or just a first-timer having a go the lingo can be confusing but we are here to help so get out the picture you love and match up that tiling direction. Below we will present you with the different styles most commonly used for our bathroom renovations throughout Perth WA to help you get the right type of tiling.


Probably the most common tiling pattern of all our bathroom renovations. Horizontal straight stack guides viewers’ eyes from the top of your design to the bottom. This layout showcases your tile the most and is perfect for boldly printed tiles or trying to create a feeling of width to your bathroom space.


When I think verticality I think 2013 Roy Hibbert the basketball center for the Indiana Pacers. Like Hibbert when you add vertical items to a situation or renovation you create such an impactful feeling of height to a space that can really make a small bathroom feel huge.



1/2 Offset

Most of the time this style is called Subway due to the long-standing association with the subway stations you would find them in. The other name is 1/2 off set, both mean the same thing and both create the same impact. All I will really say with this type of tiling is I personally love on one wall and I love to contrast the grout, it just feels like it has more impact. If you tile the whole room it can be too many lines sometimes and if you just match the grout being white for a white tile it will just blend so take everything into consideration.


Herringbone tiling will be the most popular choice of 2021 bathroom tiling in Perth. Install large or small rectangles at a 45-degree angle to form the lively herringbone pattern. Intensify the verticle and horizontal zigzag movements by incorporating different colors.


The chevron pattern is often confused with the herringbone pattern (We all do it). But don’t be mistaken—chevron is created by connecting the ends of tile that are specifically cut at an angle. This added touch gives your design a chic, stylish finish.


This timeless design is created by stacking square-shaped tiles in a grid pattern. Instead of using a rug at the entrance of your home, display a tile pattern on the floor for more beauty and durability. When completed in a pattern they are great for cleaning as they hide all your hair or your dogs hair.


The diagonal layout, also known as the diamond pattern, is very similar to the grid pattern. Installing tiles in a 45-degree angle makes your floor appear wider. We rarely do a diamond pattern as it is not the most common of bathroom styles due to its powerful sometimes overwhelming imagery.


When I and Jack first started out tiling the Versailles style of tiling was all the rage. It was a painful process of laying but it was honestly quite rewarding when you see it in person. Not great for bathrooms due to the amount of lipping you would get from something like this it can be great for outdoor tiling or house tiling if you find the right tiling set up for it.



Modern times call for the hex. The hexagon tile is what you would call the trendiest tile we use in Perth bathroom renovation. The simple but elegant design adds a wow factor without having to have much colour or an aggressive shade.







Not covered above is the double herringbone, 1/3 offset,  mosaics styles such as penny round, and a bunch of random styles which are very uncommon tiling patterns.

Bathroom tiling has exploded in choice over the last few years with renovators becoming bolder in how they renovate.

The key for me is less is more, do that beautiful hexagon tile but try to keep it to one wall so you can really showcase it, too much and gets lost

It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice.

At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at info@ontheballbathrooms.com.au.

This article was written by James Mc, one of the founders of On the Ball Bathrooms with over 15 years of bathroom renovation experience combined with knowledge of over a 2000+ completed renovation projects.

We hope that we have helped you in any way with some helpful renovations tips or just at least some pretty renovation pictures to look at 🙂

For more tiling tips check out our links below

How High To Tile In Your Toilet 

The Tiled Shower Screen (Easy Cleaning) 

A Guide To Tiling Your Small Bathroom