This is part of our ongoing series following a Kitchen Warehouse customer’s kitchen and bath remodel project. See the others here.
On the tile work in the bathroom, we were asked to pick the tiles. However on the installation day, the contractor asked us about the layout of the tiles. Here is an example of the lining up they wanted to do which is a staggered patter. However, given that we really wanted to do a modern kitchen and bath, I really wanted to do a linear patter (straight up and down). The contractor at first suggested we not do that since most walls are not even and you can end up with unusual corners. However he went the extra mile and measured our walls and agreed it would probably be okay since the walls of the bathroom were newly made.
In addition he asked me about grout color. The key here is that there are a million choices but you want to be sure the grout you choose goes with all the tiles you are integrating. In our case, since I wanted a linear design, a darker or lighter tile would have created another set of lines that would make the room look smaller. We opted for a grout that minimized the effect and a thin grout to keep from having it look as broken up.
Here is a photo of our layout in the shower. I think we made some good choices. Note that we used a different floor material on the shower than the rest of the floor. This added a bit of depth to the shower which again made the room look bigger than it is.
Continue watching our blog for more entries to keep you up to date on the progress.