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How to Use Tile Patterns to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger


If you’ve ever tried to shop for tile, you know there are a million different options out there. And while it’s fun to browse all the different colors and textures, when trying to pick tile for a small space, it can be overwhelming. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to use tile patterns to make a small space feel bigger.

One of the best things about tile is that it comes in so many different shapes, sizes, and colors. And while that might seem like a setback when you’re trying to pick tile for a small space, it’s actually one of the reasons why tile is such a great option for small spaces. Tile Patterns can be used to trick the eye and make a small space look bigger. Here are some of our favorite tile patterns for small spaces:

Mini Hex Amiens Classic


The chevron pattern is created by installing tiles in a V-shape. This pattern is especially effective in small spaces because it creates the illusion of movement and draws the eye upward. When using this pattern, we recommend installing the tiles horizontally. A chevron pattern will give a great textural feel when using the same color. The pattern really pops when using multiple colors. Alternate the “bars” of a chevron pattern and you will add texture with a “weave-like” appearance.

– Use a dark color on the bottom of the wall and light colors on the top of the wall to create contrast.

– Use two colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel.

– Use different shades of the same color.

Herringbone Pattern


The herringbone pattern is similar to the chevron pattern but with a zig-zag effect instead of a V-shape. This pattern also creates movement and depth, making it ideal for small spaces. When using this pattern, we recommend installing the tiles horizontally. Since the herringbone is similar to the chevron the same color recommendations apply.


The subway tile pattern is one of the most popular patterns for good reason! It’s classic, clean, and easy to install. Plus, it works in just about any space – big or small. For small spaces with low ceilings, we recommend installing subway tiles vertically to create height and make the space feel taller.  Horizontal installations will give the illusion of expansive space.

– Blue and white subway tiles can be used to create a nautical feel in a bathroom.

– A black and white tile pattern can be used to create an urban look or a classic look in a kitchen or bathroom.

– Add interest to a white subway tile installation by using colorful grouts and effects like Starlike Epoxy.

– Use color to brighten up a small space. Try using brightly colored tiles in a neutral subway pattern.


The basketweave pattern is created by installing two rows of tiles side-by-side so that they resemble a basketweave effect. This pattern is great for small spaces because it adds dimension and texture without being too busy or overwhelming. When using this pattern, we recommend installing the tiles horizontally or on an angle.

Other ways to achieve a basketweave effect include using different shapes and sizes of tiles. You can also use different colors or shades of the same color to create a unique look.


The diagonal pattern is created by installing tiles diagonally across from each other. This pattern is effective in small spaces because it creates movement and depth. A traditional color combo to use in a diagonal pattern is the checkerboard. Alternating colors add dimension to the diagonal pattern.

Helpful Hint:

When installing patterns allow extra tile for cuts and the occasional cutting mistake. 10% is a standard overage but the more complicated patterns may need 15-20% overage. Discuss with your installer the pattern and tile size and let their expertise guide you when ordering. Better to have some “attic stock” for future needs than to run out mid-installation.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to choosing tile for your home – but if you’re working with a smaller space, it’s important to choose wisely! By understanding how tile patterns can affect the look and feel of your space, you can make even the smallest room look airy and spacious. Now that you know the ins and outs of these popular tile patterns, it’s time to put them into practice. Which one is your favorite? Do you have a go-to pattern for small spaces? Share your photos with us on social media and let us know how you used these patterns in your own home improvement projects. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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