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Tile Installation Tips: Tile Layout and balance

For centuries tiling has been an art form of trade with many methods in balancing out tiles in order to achieve the best tiling result. This blog by integral bathroom renovations discuss a few options that can be applied into a bathroom design. There is no set correct manor when deciding which way to lay tiles however there is only one way that i believe to be the most appropriate in order to enhance the best possible visual aesthetics . integral bathroom renovations are experienced over 30 years with tile layout and the best possible ascetics in order for your bathroom to be visually perfect. Ideally its visually affect to create a perfectly balanced bathroom with even off cut pillar sections on each side. Its important to take into account the waste on an intuit shower base, the entrance or threshold at the doorway and the height of the vanity. Integral bathrooms deliver the highest consideration in regard to tile laying.

Tile Layout and balanceHerringbone

A cross section of left to right , vertically and horizontally. Most effective using a rectangular format tile. 350mm x 100 mm can be visually pleasing. Herringbone dates back to Roman days. The workmanship involved in the installation process can be quite intense

Straight laying

Clean lines without dimension are commonly used in architectural arrangements,

Straight lines

Complimenting shadow lines in doors and ceilings. If your looking for that new abroad finish clean lines are trending.

Small format Brick pattern.The standard size house brick or smaller in the same laying  pattern is know as Brick pattern. This style suits various design applications within  a certain period of home type. Extremely effective on large invaded walls


Medium format brick pattern…400mm x 170mm, ..600mm x 300 mm  are generally considered medium pattern brick formation. Extremely effective with a colonial style brass or copper fixtures and fittings.

45 degree offset straight laying Vertical

Common in the 80 s with a certain cultural communities. Dates back to roman days and this pattern  is widely used all over the world


Traditionally mosaic was and to some extent still is today installed in individual tile pieces More likely than not today methods of installation is based around a 300mm x 300mm mesh sheet in which the mosaic are glued to.

Roman style

Large format vertical or horizontal .For those who like minimum grout lines and for those who like large piece concepts.

Brick pattern English style.traditionally an English kitchen will have a 250mm x 250mm or smaller installed in a brick pattern however using square Semetricaltiles.

Basket Weave

Basket-weave and similar patterns that turn subway tiles into square units are effective for adding a sense of drama similar to a herringbone layout, while avoiding the extra cutting of material. In fact, this sort of pattern can potentially avoid any cutting at all when filling a rectangular area, making it a good secret weapon for the home handyman.

Solid slabs.

The opposite of a tile pattern, a single slab is a popular choice for contemporary back splashes. Although typically more of an investment than patterned tile, a slab can be an excellent choice for compact kitchens where not much material is required. It achieves a very open look and can be created with one single material piece cut to form a matching back splash and counter.

For a budget-friendlier option, you can also look for off-cut slab pieces to create a short back splash in a luxe stone, and use a less expensive material for the counter that picks up on the veining tones to coordinate beautifully.
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