Classic patterns work well with nearly all types of stone. Classic patterns typically involve using two colors of stone in combination. One way to do this is to use two colors of stone of the same size and shape in a checkerboard pattern. Turning the tiles on a diagonal enhances this pattern, while using non-traditional colors – rather than the traditional black and white – helps give it a modern look.
Another classic pattern involves cutting a smaller tile into the corners of four larger tiles. This can be done in three different ways: cutting in on one corner of each of the four tiles, cutting in on two corners of each of the four tiles, or cutting in on all four corners of four tiles.
Stone tiles also work well in more modern patterns, provided care is taken to avoid making the floor look too busy. In other words, if the stone has a very busy color variation or grain, a simpler pattern works best, while stones with less variation and grain can be installed in multi-piece patterns.
One of the most simple, modern patterns that works well with numerous stones is the running bond or off-set pattern. While this pattern is used primarily with rectangular patterns, it gives a fresh update to large format square tiles as well.
Strapping is another pattern that works well with a number of different stones. Strapping involves outline the edges of a larger tile with multiple smaller tiles. The smaller tiles can range from a single row of mosaics for a contemporary look to multiple rows of 4-inch tiles for a more traditional look.
Consider using any pattern with installing stone tiles on the floor to help enhance the beauty and variation of the stone.