Lame title, I know, sorry!! I’ve done LOTS of research on how to install a tile floor since that’s what we were originally planning to do, but until now I hadn’t put too much thought into the fun part of tiling- choosing the tile itself and what kind of pattern to lay it in.
We went to our default favorite home store- the Home Depot around the corner- and immediately found a couple contenders…
The bigger size (20″ x 20″) and lack of tan undertones convinced us that the left once was the way to go. Plus it was porcelain, which is even stronger than ceramic. Just to be sure though, we also went to a Lowes and a Floor & Decor, but even after shopping around we ended up right back here at Home Depot and picked up our tile.
You’re supposed to buy about 10% more than your actual square footage (to make up for cuts you’ll have to make, broken tiles, etc). Our laundry room is about 70 sqft so we picked up 80 sqft to be safe.
So then we had to choose a pattern. There are a few options we were considering: traditional, diagonal, or brick. Traditional is what you usually see in houses, with the tiles running parallel and perpendicular to the walls in a grid.
Diagonal tiling is when the tile is still in a grid, but it’s set at a diagonal angle to the walls, like the examples below. Pretty self explanatory.
And lastly there’s tile that’s been laid in a “brick” pattern, where the rows are staggered like bricks. This one seems to be popping up more and more in contemporary spaces.
So as of now we are leaning toward the brick pattern! We feel like it will elongate the room since it draws the eye down each line of tile and even makes square tiles appear longer. Of course, I had to create a rendition of it in Illustrator so we could decide how to line it up. Most sources online say to mark the center of your room and use that as a starting point when laying your tile so that you don’t end up with awkward slivers on one end.
So the first image is centered between the left and right sides along the middle of the tiles, but not centered between the front and back (it’s based off starting at a full tile at the front end of the room, which is the lower end in the image above). If we centered it between the front and back, we’d end up with awkward slivers of tile on both ends instead of just the back end. And people won’t really see the back end anyway. But I wasn’t crazy about the skinny tiles on the left and right side either.
The second image is not centered at all, it’s based off a full tile on the lower right corner. This one just feels “off” and unbalanced.
The third image is our favorite. It’s centered between the left and right along the seam between two rows of tile, which eliminates the skinny tiles on either side. And again, it’s not centered vertically but most people won’t see the skinny tiles on the back side (top of the image) over there anyway.
Whipping up these images was really helpful in deciding how to do our tile layout. Yay Illustrator! Now I am super excited to get our tile done. And do laundry. We have so. much. laundry.