Hotel lobby with stone floor

Considerations for Stone & Tile Floor Patterns

Creating a pattern with floor tiles can be as vast and varied as the entire selection of products in our MML showrooms. To that end, we’ve noticed in the past months and years that specific colors and sizes are gaining in popularity; we’ve also noticed that the room helps dictate the elements used to create the floor pattern. 

Lately, interior designers and homeowners have been requesting lighter-hued and larger stone tiles. But not all rooms are created equal and we will elaborate on that a little later.

In this guide, we will break down each design and decor choice. First, we will break down the use of color. For example, most recently, brighter and whiter stone tiles are the most sought-after colors in the marketplace. We’ll also explore how to choose patterns for natural stone flooring and finally, we examine how stone flooring choices are impacted by the room you’re designing.  

The following are several observations that may help you with your interior flooring plans. 

Color Scheme

Incorporating natural stone design into your home is an easy way to bring the outside in. Those who choose to use natural stone as flooring for their kitchen, bathrooms, living rooms, sunrooms, and more typically prefer a neutral, fresh aesthetic that can translate easily from room-to-room.

At MML, we have a limestone called Riviera Beige that has been popular for several years and is still in a close race with our Latte Travertine when it comes to floor composition in stone. Its versatility is applicable to many creative designs. 

Another color option that several of our clients have selected is our Seville Travertine with its bright, earthy color value. It adds warmth to the room.

Most recently, we’ve had requests for our Danby White Marble. This is the latest addition to our stone library—its bright, clean white color is quickly rising to the top of the color palette. This stone captures a popular design goal that clients describe as “sleek and elegant.” 

This year’s interior design trends are all about pushing refresh on the much-used rooms in your home and reinventing old, dated styles. 

Lighter-hued stones, like the popular choices we carry at MML, are excellent foundational pieces for 2021’s maximalism trend. The bright, neutral qualities of these stones complement more elaborate design elements you may choose to bring in like rich wall colors and lush bedding.  

Wide stone staircase

Pattern Picks

As of late, there is a trend for “mix and match tiles,” in other words an increase in four-piece tile patterns for floors. When we receive these requests, we help clients select four different sized tiles and arrange them in a random layout. 

We’ve also noted an increase in our larger, elongated and rectangular stones that can be used to create a herringbone pattern. Such over-sized tiles have been utilized in a “staggered” effect that creates a very traditional, if not old-world look. Add in porcelain finishes and you have a classic room. 

These larger tiles are also requested in creating a brick bond pattern. While standard applications prevail, we can create just about any tile pattern for floors as requested, from an old European style to an intricate geometric or a linear pattern for a more modern and edgy interior. 

Perhaps the best example of our customization is with our architectural stone and tile floor rugs. One of our clients, an interior designer, decided to incorporate our basketweave tile to create a carpet that is framed with a stone surround—it turned out to be the homeowners’ favorite design element in their master bath. This is where a professional can help. Whether you choose stone floor tile in slate tile, granite, marble, or travertine, it’s best to talk to a flooring expert to understand how these floors will look in your space

No matter which pattern you choose, you’ll want to have a basic understanding of the different kinds of stone floors you can create depending on which material you choose. At MML we have a wide selection of marble, limestone, and travertine, all available in different colors and stone finishes. 

While these stones may appear similar at first glance, they all possess different qualities:

  • Marble – Marble is an ideal choice if you are going for a luxe, sophisticated look, but keep in mind this material can easily scratch. This material reflects light, so you may want to install a marble floor in a smaller room to make it seem bigger, or in a room that you want to show off, like a formal dining room. Marble tile is a beautiful, sophisticated flooring option. 
  • Limestone Limestone is known for its very earthy appearance and can be sanded for a finished look or machine-tumbled for a more rustic, vintage aesthetic. 
  • Travertine Travertine is a partially metamorphosed limestone that can sometimes be mistaken for marble. Travertine is a great choice for patios as it can withstand extreme cold and heat. 

Once you decide which specific kind of stone you prefer, you’ll be ready to create your own, customized pattern for your new, natural stone floors. 

Room to Room

The room itself also influences floor tile patterns. Many clients create a formal entryway and to achieve this goal, larger squares are preferred. We just recently worked on a project with the installation of a checkerboard pattern through the tile flooring in the foyer. 

For kitchens, there is a trend with the four-piece patterns and random layouts. In regards to a herringbone pattern, this is trending in the design of larger powder rooms or master bathrooms.

When pondering natural stone flooring ideas, you should also keep in mind what kind of finish you’d like for your floor. This is often greatly impacted by which room is being designed. For example, if you are designing a rustic, farmhouse kitchen you may want to use MLM’s French Quarter design, which features rough and uneven surfaces with “heavily hand-chipped edges.” Each flooring option suggests a different decor element. 

Other MLM finishes include:

  • Antico – Sandblasted with square edges 
  • Artisan Sandblasted and lightly acid washed with slightly chipped edges 
  • Brushed – Uneven, semi-smooth with square edges 
  • Chateau Lightly antiqued and tumbled with rounded edges 
  • Honed One of the smoothest looks available with square edges 
  • Maison Heavily hand-chipped, brushed surface to lightly smooth (another ideal option for a rustic kitchen design)
  • Parisian Honed surface, hand-chiseled edges 
  • Pillowed – Honed surface with rounded edges, also very smooth appearance
  • Polished Square edges with smooth, high-gloss surface
  • Suede Lightly antiqued, hand-rounded edges

Materials Marketing: Natural Stone Flooring Ideas, Actualized

After this read, are you ready to create the stone floor design of your dreams? Let one of our expert representatives help you today!

Sources: 

  1. Better Homes & Gardens. Your Guide to Stone Flooring. https://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/flooring/types/guide-to-stone-flooring/ 
  2. DigsDigs. 35 Stone Flooring Ideas With Pros And Cons. https://www.digsdigs.com/stone-flooring-ideas  
  3. Homes and Gardens. Interior Design Trends for 2021. https://www.homesandgardens.com/news/interior-design-trends-2021 
  4. Marketing Materials. Natural Stone Finishes. https://www.materials-marketing.com/natural-stone-colors/#stone-finishes 
  5. The Spruce. An Introduction to Natural Stone Flooring. https://www.thespruce.com/guide-to-natural-stone-tile-flooring-1315061