Tile Size and Layout Advice for a Small Bathroom?

Tile Size and Layout Advice for a Small Bathroom?

Janel Laban
Apr 14, 2010

tilesm041410.jpgQ: My wife and I have a small New York bathroom (larger photo below), with a white subway tile wainscoting, and a tile mosaic floor, neither of which are original to our apartment. The floor is tough to keep clean and the grout has stained, so we want to replace the tile floor with larger tiles. We are looking at a gray colored porcelain tile, without much texture or color variation. But the big question is, what size of tile should we use, and in what pattern should it be laid?


In the above photo, the width between our tub and the wall is 28" - it's wider under and in front of the sink. We were considering 18" square tiles laid in a running bond pattern, but I was also thinking of doing a variation in sizes. We want to show as small of a grout line as possible, but are open to suggestions given the narrow width of the bathroom.

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