Six creative ways to lay a metro tile

The simple metro tile is a staple for any design project. Offering simplicity, it’s a truly versatile product which looks great in any room of the home — or commercial space, for that matter.

With eleven colours available, and an affordable price tag, there’s something to suit everyone. They’re usually laid like bricks, but for something a little more interesting and fun, then why not try one of these creative ways to arrange the tiles:

1. At a 45 degree angle

Slightly different to the standard brick layout, you can simply turn the tiles diagonally to achieve something a little more unique — let’s just hope your tiler forgives you!

How to lay a metro tile - 45 degree angle - Easy Bathrooms, bathroom store in Birstall

2. At a 90 degree angle

Turn the tiles again, and rather than having horizontal bricks, they’re now vertical. This is great for elongating a space with low ceilings.

How to lay a metro tile - 45 degree angle - Easy Bathrooms, bathroom store in Birstall

3. Horizontal block

To create modern, clean lines of grout, try this ever-so-slightly different way of stacking the tiles. It’s simple but effective at creating the illusion of space.

How to lay a metro tile - 45 degree angle - Easy Bathrooms, bathroom store in Birstall

4. Vertical block

Orientating the block vertically emphasises height and is something a little more unexpected.

How to lay a metro tile - 45 degree angle - Easy Bathrooms, bathroom store in Birstall

5. Herringbone

Lay the tiles at right angles which creates a zigzag formation. This look is sophisticated and adds a touch of elegance — perfect for a feature wall or floor.

How to lay a metro tile - 45 degree angle - Easy Bathrooms, bathroom store in Birstall

6. Basketweave

The basketweave pattern is formed by laying pairs of tiles at 90° angles to one another. You can even create a contrast by using two different colours.

How to lay a metro tile - 45 degree angle - Easy Bathrooms, bathroom store in Birstall

View our range of metro tiles here, in colours ranging from grey and fawn, to silver metallic and pistachio.

P.S. All of our showrooms have a range of metro tiles on display - our Birstall bathroom store and tile shop has a huge range.