A-Z of tiles: B is for brick tiles

Friday 31 July 2015, Written by Sarah Cole Tags: A to Z

In the second instalment of our A-Z of tiles series, we’re looking at the letter ‘B’ and, specifically, brick tiles and brickbond tile patterns.

The humble brick tile first became fashionable when it was used throughout the subways of New York in the early 1900's, this is also why it often referred to as a 'subway tile'. Brick tiles come in many sizes, colours, effects and materials to suit rooms of all different styles. Choose from rustic or smooth, rectified edges in ceramic, porcelain, glass or stone depending on your preferred look. For example, an uneven edge lends itself to create warmth and depth in a traditional environment, whilst a perfectly straight edge is effortlessly modern and chic.


Matt, frosted or glossy styles will produce drastically different looks so bear this in mind. Ultra reflective brick tiles in glass will create a more contemporary vibe, whilst matt or frosted effects appear to be more understated and are better suited to classic interiors. Try a bevelled metro tile or mirror tile for a bold Art Deco feel - the possibilities are all but endless!

A brick shape is chic and versatile and can look at home in any environment; even the colour grout that you choose will transform the overall effect.

Not only are there an incredible number of brick style tiles to choose from, once you have made your selection you'll then need to decide how you want them to be installed. Whilst the traditional way to install bricks is in a standard offset pattern, there's an increasing trend for laying them in a grid like pattern, herringbone or more. So much so that we dedicated an entire blog post to exploring the different ways of laying brick shaped tiles: click here for more great ideas.

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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