Corner Whirlpool tub
In terms of tile size and install:
(1) make sure to use some form of crack prevention membrane around the tub surround (which is also a waterproofing layer)... I am assuming there will be some flat tiled surfaces around the tile perimeter. I would recommend Ditra (which they stock at Home Depot). You can refer to schluter.com for specs and install instructions. We install their products a lot so ask if in doubt.
(2) personally I recommend larger format tile around the tub perimeter as there are fewer grout lines to collect soap scum, etc. However it is totally a matter of personal taste. Can look very nice matched with a mosaic backslash approximately same height as the bath faucet around the tub. Houzz.com is a resource we use a lot for inspiration on tile projects.
(3) are you tiling the front of the tub or is there an acrylic panel or what? If tile I would stay with large format again ... 12x24 can have a higher end look than basic 12x12 and still cost the same per sqft. However you'll need a proper tile saw that can handle large tiles and they do not come cheap... You may be able to rent one.
Ok it's late and my brain is fading ... Let me know if you have more tile install questions.
I can send you some tile layout ideas if you are also tiling the floor ... Using inexpensive tile in an interesting layout is a great way to give the perception of higher end.
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Last edited by Bonzai; 06-17-2012 at 12:38 AM.