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Jun 13

Leslie (CRD Designer)

How to Use Geometric Patterns in Your Remodel

Posted by Leslie (CRD Designer)

Capital Hill Seattle Kitchen Tiled Backsplash

Chevron to herringbone. Basket weave to Spanish bond.

Geometric patterns have always been a major component in architecture and interior design. Contemporary and modern design trends have consistently moved toward the order and rhythm found in geometric patterns. Gone are the days of ornate and busy patterns of flowers and roosters on kitchen wallpaper.

So how do designers decide on the tile and pattern for their projects?

When deciding what tile to use in your new space, there are many things the CRD design staff considers. We start with three major features: function/durability, aesthetics, and cost. Each project and client is different, so there is never one right answer. With those factors nailed down, we can get to the fun part—pattern and layout!

Since there are so many places to place tile in a home that we can’t cover them all here, we’ll stick to the kitchen backsplash. Let’s get to work!


Most kitchen backsplashes are relatively small so geometric patterns are best used with medium to small tile sizes. Any tile from a 1” mosaic to a large subway tile can work. If your pattern involves rotating tiles, as with a basket weave or Spanish bond pattern, we’ll need to make sure the grout lines meet up for a perfect installation.


Where do we want the pattern to start? Usually the centerline of the pattern will align with a major element in the backsplash, like the range or sink. We look at how the whole installation will work and decide the best spot.

Color and Texture

Varying color or texture is an excellent way to design a geometric pattern that is interesting but not too busy. Mixing gloss with matte is a more subtle design, while contrasting white with gray or black creates a bolder statement. Don’t forget the grout! Colored grout can be a big element in a simple pattern.


Waste can become an issue with certain patterns, like chevron and herringbone. Any time tile must be cut, there is waste. We factor this amount into the cost of the install so that it’s not a surprise for our clients, but we are also aware that it impacts their budget.


Cost is a no-brainer. We know our clients have specific goals for their project and sticking to a budget is usually one of them. With an exciting pattern, cost-effective tiles can be just as design-forward as expensive tiles. But don’t sell your project short! There are many expensive-looking tiles out there that won’t break the bank, so have an open mind when researching.

Let CRD help design your project’s perfect pattern.

CRD design staff are experts at guiding clients through the process of selecting tiles, grout, and accessories for kitchen and bath remodels, big and small. To learn more about our interior design and architectural services, give us a call at 206-782-6959 or fill out our online contact form.

See Our Favorite Geometric Tile Patterns on our Pinterest page.

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