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Old 02-24-2010, 01:17 PM   #1
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help with layout of large rectified tile


Having recently finished tiling my shower walls with "huge" rectified tiles, I am about to start tiling my bathroom floor with tiles that are 17x26. My problem is that we have a small bathroom and I am wondering if it looks best, if I get as many full tiles down as possible and not worry about only making cuts on one wall or is it better to make even cuts at each wall, which will result in only a few full tiles. I have a shower receptor on one side of the room which is the focal point , so wouldn't it look nicest if I try to use the full tiles here? I hope someone will give me their opinion on this. I know it's usually best to start in the middle of the room. I've attached a picture of the layout.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:27 PM   #2
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Not an expert, but in my understanding it is best to have full tiles in the most visible spot. I would probably start with full tiles across the floor in front of the shower and see where the cuts would end up.

Actually I would just lay them out dry, play with the placement, and see what looks best before deciding.


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The goal here is balance.
You don't want to utilize a full tile in one spot if that means you have a little one inch sliver tile at the other side.
Whenever I lay rectangular tiles, I use a running bond pattern.
This may help it look more like a continuous pattern, rather than big whole tiles in the middle with cut tiles on the sides.
I also like the first step in a room to be a full tile.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:06 AM   #4
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With these huge tiles in such a small space, I believe you should balance them in the room. Both sides of this size room are visible within the same visual gaze and obvious different size pieces along the walls will be pretty visible. You could probably get away with shifting an inch or two if that would avoid a narrow strip along the shower, but IMO anything more will look like a mistake.
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Thank you all for the replies.

I think you are right. I am just worried about having to cut the tiles that will show in front of the shower, and since there is only room for approximately
1 and 1/2 tiles going from the entry to the front of the shower pan, I'm not sure if I should place the half tile at the entry or at the shower pan. Does that make any sense? Thankfully, I only have 1/16 grout lines so that may help a little.
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