Picking out the tile is the fun part! Now its time to figure out how to best lay out it. Check out this tile guide:
Running bond is also known as the brick layout. The tiles here are offset by half the width of the tile. This is also a very classic look.
Stacking bond is a more modern way to layout tile. It typically refers to the the tile layout on the walls (much like straight lay). See how this layout creates some very nice vertical lines on around the fireplace.
This tile is very much the same as the the straight lay or running bond, but instead of running the tiles in a horizontal or vertical pattern they are turned at a 45 degree angle.
Running bond is considered offset, but these are some examples of tiles at more of 1/4 or 1/3 offset. This creates more of an expansive pattern, while still keeping the tiles running in the same direction.
This layout is when three or more size tiles are used to form a layout.
The pinwheel is more of a vintage pattern. It is created when there is one small tile in the center of four larger tiles.
The herringbone is also a very classic/vintage tile layout; but it has become a trend again more recently. Depending on the tile, it can give a very modern feel to a space or a more historic feel. It is more often done with thin and linear tiles, but can be just as successful with larger tiles (see first picture).
This pattern is created when you run two tiles side by side vertical then horizontal.