If you are planning on re-tiling your floor, you may want to consider the timeless elegance of the basket weave tile pattern. Named, of course, for its resemblance to the crosshatched pattern found on baskets and weaving projects, the basket weave tile pattern gives off the illusion that various strands travel the entire length of the floor. A popular flooring pattern since the 19th century, the basket weave pattern allows designers to incorporate color and variety into the floor while keeping the majority of it white for easier cleaning. Available in a variety of different materials, there is sure to be a basket weave tile floor pattern to fit both your taste and your budget.
The material that you end up using will play an important part in the finished aesthetic of your basket weave tile floor. While it will probably cost more, using marble will contribute to a very classy bathroom. Marble contains slight variations in color, so every tile piece will be subtly unique. Porcelain is the traditional material used, and has a more matte finish that works well with any decor. Glazed ceramic is probably the shiniest material you could use, and it will look good in a flashy, modern environment.
You may decide to get inventive with the color incorporated into your basket weave design, but many people prefer the sophisticated understatement of using just black and white. If you are using a material such as marble, be aware that slight variations on the color are normal, and contribute to the final effect. Another popular color to use for the "dot" tiles in the basket weave pattern is blue, especially for bathrooms and kitchens. If there is a dominant color in the room, such as red or green, for example, use this color for the "dot" tiles, or mix and match the colors for a whimsical effect.