Brick Patterns

In the middle of the bathroom floor I planned for an accent inset. The tile I wanted to use was 3″ x 6″ tumbled marble that I bought at the Restore. I only had one box of the tile but thought it would make a complementary accent to the tumbled tile I used on the family room bathroom.

Decorative tile grouted first
Decorative tile in family room bath

I was in California when the contractor asked me how large I wanted the inset to be. I had left him this drawing which was not to scale.

Rear Bath Floor
Rear Bath Floor

I thought the inset would look long and thin but when I got a photo of the first layout I thought it was too small.

Initial floor inset design
Initial floor inset design

A longer rectangle would have ended under the toilet and that seemed undesirable. Instead I asked for double the width. When I got home I was able to lay out several different brick patterns in the larger inset.

Brick Patterns
Brick Patterns

Once I tried a pattern I took photos. All of the patterns needed the same number of tiles and there are just enough to fit in the wider inset.

Running bond
Running bond
Herringbone
Herringbone
Diagonal running bond
Diagonal running bond
Diagonal herringbone
Diagonal herringbone

I sent all four layouts to my sister and a friend and we all picked the same favorite, the diagonal herringbone. I sent this pattern to the contractor for the inset area.

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