kitchen with white cabinets and green ceramic subway tile with running bond staggered pattern
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Pick Your Pattern: Running Bond

Tiles are laid end to end, with joints that land in the middle of the tiles in adjacent rows. This popular pattern can feel either traditional or contemporary, depending on the surroundings. Added bonus: Staggered joints are forgiving of slightly out-of-square walls.

Classic tile in Mess Hall Gloss, $18.50 per square foot; missiontilewest.com
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