Which way would you lay this tile?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 16
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Option 1 looks way better to me, elongates the room and is more harmonious.

Post # 19
96 posts
Worker bee

Make sure to talk to your contractor about the offset. Many building codes are starting to require 30% offset and several brands will cancel their warranty if you do the offset pictured (50%)

 The problem is that these big tiles tend to bend in the firing process so you end up with an uneven surface when you offset as shown in the pictures. This means that they are more likely to chip when you drop stuff. The higher quality tiles are not as big of a deal but we installed some middling quality  porcelain tiles from Lowe’s last fall that were really bad.

A lot of people still install 50% but a good contractor should be aware of this and educate you about why the industry no longer recommends it. Make sure that you have it in writing that the contractor will still guarantee their work if you go with 50%. Your contractor will know best if the tile you purchased can handle the offset pictured but if not, you can call the manufacturer and ask them. 

Post # 20
9209 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

option 1 makes it look longer.

Post # 21
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

Option 1 for sure. Our bathroom tile is laid like that and it definitely makes the room feel bigger. 

Post # 22
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Option 1 🙂

Post # 23
43 posts
  • Wedding: March 2018

Did you finish your tile yet?  I’m tiling my bathroom and have learned not offsetting, and using same color grout as the tile, keeps from breaking up the tiled area, thus making it look bigger.  Also, using rectangular tiles, such as 12×24 gives less grout lines and adds visual  length to a room.

Post # 24
10878 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Option 1.  The second option narrows the room, I think.

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