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What Is a Field Tile?

Field tiles are solid, single-color tiles without patterns or ornamentation. They can be made from any tiling material, such as ceramic, porcelain, stone or glass.

Uses

Field tile makes up the bulk of most tile installations on floors, walls and backsplashes. It's also frequently used as a frame for mosaics, where border tiles might distract from the design.

Manufacture

Field tiles are usually mass-produced. Handmade field tiles are more expensive, but their slight color variations can produce a richer look.

Shapes

Most field tiles are square, but rectangles are also common. Triangular field tiles can add visual interest. Hexagonal tile is a popular choice for vintage-look bathrooms.

Sizes

Square field tiles are available in sizes from one to about eight inches across, and other shapes come in equivalent size scales. Sizes are often slightly smaller than stated to allow for grout lines.

Format

You can get loose field tiles, but smaller sizes usually come attached to a mesh backing for easier installation.

About the Author

Cam Merritt is a writer and editor specializing in business, personal finance and home design. He has contributed to USA Today, The Des Moines Register and Better Homes and Gardens"publications. Merritt has a journalism degree from Drake University and is pursuing an MBA from the University of Iowa.