The Versailles pattern, sometimes also referred to as the French pattern or the Ashlar pattern, is a multi-sized pattern that offers builders and homeowners a variety of benefits. The first benefit is that aesthetically the Versailles pattern is an extremely attractive option. The use of four different sizes (8x8, 8x16, 16x16, and 16x24) does a great job of breaking up large areas such as living rooms and patios, but is also surprisingly adaptable to smaller areas such as hallways and bathrooms, providing important continuity when desired.
The pattern is packaged in bundles of 8 sq ft, with each bundle consisting of two 8x8s, one 8x16, two 16x16s, and one 16x24. This constitutes what is referred to as a “half set,” with a full set being made by combining two of the 8 sq ft bundles. There are a few layout options (presented in easy to follow diagrams), but the key is consistency and the utilization of all tiles in a bundle, as it is pre-ratioed for use as a Versailles pattern. The full set creates an easily repeatable unit that can be expanded out in any and every direction from the first unit created, fitting together like a puzzle.
Other benefits of the French pattern include the elimination of wall-to-wall grout lines, which can sometimes be a headache for homeowners and installers alike when working with other formats of tile. It also has a capacity of 416 sq ft per pallet due to its bundled nature, which is a nice high number for ½’’ premium grade tile, meaning you often get more bang for your buck in terms of shipping.
As mentioned previously, brushed/chiseled edge is the most common finish for the Travertine Versailles Patterns and is available both filled and unfilled for colors such as Noce and Ivoria (Ivory). Other available finishes include tumbled, honed/straight edge, high-honed/straight edge, and brushed/unfilled/straight edge, but with over 35 varieties to choose from we’re sure to have a color and finish to meet your natural stone needs. For many of our core colors, such as our Noce Versailles Pattern Travertine, multiple finishes are available. All of the options can be viewed on our Travertine Versailles Pattern page:
We will be discussing the benefits and differences of our Versailles Pattern Slate, Limestone, and Marble options soon as well.
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