8 Ways to Install Ceramic Tile

Nov 5, 2020

The possibilities of applying and combining ceramic tiles are infinite. Each individual piece acts as a starting point bringing whimsical patterns, vibrant colors, and geometric shapes to life. 

When installing ceramics in both indoor and outdoor spaces, the variety of formats and styles allows us to take advantage of its technical and aesthetic properties achieving dazzling designs that no other surface material can offer.

Below we analyze eight different methods for installing ceramic tiles and the stunning looks they offer as a result:

Aparici, Cotto

Horizontal Placement

Ceramic tiles are placed one after the other in a single straight line, making regular parallel rows. This installation is best produced with traditional subway tiles to achieve a sense of harmony and order.

Cevica, Rocky Trails

Vertical Straight Lay
This installation is a modern take on horizontal placement. Ceramic tiles are placed one after the other in a vertical position, creating an optical illusion of added height and volume in a room. Both of these options can be used across walls and floors.

Estudio Cerámico, Vermont

Running Bond or Brick
Ceramic pieces are installed in an alternating pattern so the vertical cuts fall in the middle of the upper or lower rows. This creates a dynamic effect full of depth and interest.

Fabresa, Havana – Mediterranean

Displaced Running Bond
In this option, the vertical joint of the tile is moved, resulting in a break in the alignment of the varied pieces. This style subtly shifts from the placement of a traditional running bond and lends to an out-of-the-box design.

Vives, Montgomery

Herringbone and  Chevron
This installation is created by alternating rows of ceramic pieces placed in an incline right and left. This creates a repeating “V” pattern that is sure to catch the eye.

Peronda, Argila

Triangular Formats
Joining small-format triangle tile at their center points in a succession of rows can create one-of-a-kind compositions. Achieve peak aesthetic potential by alternating colors and formats between each row. 

Natucer, Figures

Hexagonal Combination
Placing rows of hexagonal pieces horizontally and vertically achieves a honeycomb-shaped design. This pattern is best accentuated with the use of contrasting colors, textures and finishes.

Dune, Majestic Shapes #5

Multi-Format Combination 
For an eccentric effect full or volume, place tiles of different shapes or sizes in a reoccurring pattern. A large rectangular piece paired with small hexagonal shapes will establish a rich visual appearance. 

Equipe, Hexawood

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