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With some tile designs, how you lay them out during installation really does make a difference.  Some examples:

 

Minore Pattern 1/4 pattern tile
 A single tile of our Minore Charcoal Green design.  These tiles are usually laid out in multiples of fours to make up a pattern.  But how you arrange those four tiles can give you different looks.
Minore pattern full pattern per tile
This layout focuses on the circular pattern that you see in the Minore design.
Minore pattern alternative layout
By laying the tiles in a slightly different order, you emphasize the interlocking
geometric pattern in the Minore design.
Linda Vista pattern large scale 12x12
A single tile of the Linda Vista Pattern shown in 12×12 limestone.
Linda Vista Pattern rendering
You wouldn’t think there are options with this swirly, floral pattern.  But there is more than one
way to lay this out.  The drawing above shows it with all of the tiles facing in the same direction.
Linda Vista pattern alternative layout rendering
In this layout, every other tile has been turned 90 degrees so that the circular flow
of the design is slightly changed.  It is a very subtle difference.
Marseille Pattern typical layout rendering
Here is a simple example of how layout can change the look.  This is the
Marseille Pattern tiles as they are typically laid out.
Marseille pattern on diagonal rendering
By turning the tiles on the diagonal, you see a different pattern emerge.

The most important tip about laying out pattern tiles is to decide on how you want them arranged, BEFORE your tile installer gets started.  Lay them out together on the floor or on a table to take a look at how the pattern comes together.  And make sure your installer knows which way you want them to go.