How to lay metro tiles
If there is one tile that is known the world over, then it has to be the Metro tile.
Inspired by the look of the London Underground, from contemporary kitchens to traditional bathrooms, minimalist spaces to maximalist rooms, and everything in between, today there is a Metro tile to suit all tastes and budgets today.
What are the different types of Metro tiles?
You are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to the different types of Metro tiles on the market. They range from classic white Metro tiles through to the new marble effect Metro tiles which are proving extremely popular with homeowners looking for a wall tile with a twist.
Metro tiles don’t just come in white. While still very much the favourite, today you will find Metro tiles in virtually every colour under the rainbow with black, cream, green and grey among our pick. Metro tiles also now come in a variety of sizes as well as gloss and increasingly matt finishes.
What tools do you need to fit Metro tiles?
If you are thinking of tiling Metro yourself then we would recommend adding the following tiling tools and accessories to your DIY toolbox:
The last thing to do is make sure you have all your tools to hand before you start tiling. And, if by any chance, you have forgotten anything you can always visit our Tools & Accessories section of our website and order the missing items for next working day delivery.
The best way to lay Metro tiles
One of the reasons for the continuing popularity of the Metro tile is its ability to be laid in lots of different ways on walls. Which is why we’ve selected some of the most popular tile laying patterns to help you select the right tile pattern for your room when fitting Metro tiles in your home.
Brick Bond Pattern
The most common way to lay the Metro tile is using the brick bone pattern (also known as the 50:50 method). To achieve this classic look then simply line up the end of each tile with the centre of the tile above and below to create the look of laid bricks.
You can always mix things up with a random different colour tile or a contrasting grout colour. Don’t forget to order at least 10% more tiles to allow for breakages when attempting this or any other pattern at home.
If you’re after a more contemporary look and feel for your tiles at home, then the linear brick pattern is ideal. Unlike the brick bond method, simply line up all the tiles up with all the grout lines matching to give some uniformity to your tiles. Don’t forget you can always use a different coloured grout as well to further define the edges of your tiles.
You can also mix things up further by laying your tiles out vertically (rather than the traditional horizon) in a brick bond or linear pattern to help make your room feel that bit taller. The only consideration is that your tiles must be at a ratio of 70:30 (otherwise known as the staggered pattern) to prevent any bowing once they have been laid.
One of the most popular tiling patterns of recent years has been the herringbone. Designed to create a real sense of space, especially in smaller rooms, it works really well as a backsplash in a kitchen or a feature wall in a bathroom. To achieve this look simply take the short edge of one tile and place on the long side of one of the other tiles. This is then repeated up or along the wall. It’s always advisable when attempting pattern like the herringbone to give it a dry run to make sure you feel confident before mixing any adhesive and laying your tiles on your wall for real.
It’s also worth considering using a contrasting grout to define your herringbone tile pattern or alternatively select a grout to match the colour of your tile to create a more free-flowing pattern in your home.
Hopefully that’s given you more of an insight into Metro tiles and why they continue to appeal to homeowners.
Watch our video
If you would like to know more about fitting wall tiles, make sure to watch our video. We’ve teamed up with YouTuber Proper DIY to show you the best way to install wall tiles at home. It’s packed full of useful tiling tips and techniques.
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