The Four Laws of Tiling

TilesIf you are tiling your bathroom or kitchen, it is a good idea to keep some basic “tiling rules” in mind. A bit of common sense can help but it is often also helpful to approach things with a fresh perspective for each new project.

Firstly, avoid using tiles which have been cut to less than half of their original size. Anything which has been cut smaller than this will end up looking out of place and too skinny. If you’re coming up to a wall and can see that you’re running out of space, you can carefully adjust the gaps between the tile joints. Do it right and this will be invisible to the naked eye but should leave you with a much more sensible width to cut at the end.

Secondly, remember symmetry is your friend. That doesn’t mean you should put tiled butterflies all over your walls and floors, but if you’re putting bathroom tiles around a sink you should make sure they look the same size – having uneven widths on one side will look bizarre. The same sort of thing applies to floors – try to get your opposite end tiles to be the same size or you’ll end up with a strangely staggered look.

Thirdly, avoid cutting tiles. You will have to cut a few – that is more or less inevitable – but it is worth going to extra effort to avoid cutting wherever possible. Aside from the pain of using tile cutters, even very expensive ones, cut tiles just never look as good as they do before you started putting them into bits!

Finally, make the most of the best tiles (and non-cut ones) in highly visual areas. Pop the cut tiles away in hard to notice places like under sinks, near walls, behind cabinets and so on. Keep the floor tiles in the middle of the room pristine, and the same for the walls.

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