Brick can be installed using many different patterns. The most popular patterns are traditional, herringbone, and basket weave. Each pattern can create a totally different look for your end project and can be used in different locations. Read on to learn about these patterns, how to create them, and the best places to use them.
The traditional pattern of brick used most commonly consists of straight rows of brick where the center of the brick in row A aligns with the joint between two bricks in row B. This pattern is reminiscent of structural brick walls where the bricks were stacked in this way for maximum strength and durability. This pattern is great for accent walls, fireplaces, backsplashes, and even floors. It is the fastest and easiest pattern to achieve for a beginner and can be done with a level and tile spacers.
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Herringbone is a popular pattern for floors and accent walls. This pattern is achieved by placing the bricks at a 45 degree angle and lining up the short side of the next brick with the edge of the long side of your first brick. The two edges should create one 90 degree point, like an arrow pointing down. You can then build the same pattern to the right, but pointing up this time. This pattern is more advanced and can take some practice to perfect. We recommend laying out the bricks on a table in the pattern to make sure it is working before you install the bricks with adhesive on a wall or floor. Done right, this pattern will really catch the eye and create a feeling of movement and leading lines in the room.
The basket weave pattern is mostly used on floors, but can also be used as an interesting focal point or accent wall. For example, you could use a traditional pattern for your backsplash and then have a basket weave break out over your stove to create diversity in the pattern and draw the eye. This pattern is achieved by lining up sets of 3-4 bricks in a row and then another set turned 90 degrees next to it. You can create this pattern row by row by alternating the sets, or you can create squares of four sets. Again, we recommend practicing on a table before starting your install. Depending on the length and width of your bricks, you will need either three or four bricks per set to create even squares.
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