Mixing Slate with Porcelain in Shower (Pics Included)
My shower has three walls:
East: 37" wide x 96" high w/ shower valve and niches
South: 48" wide x 96" high w/ shower head 18" from west wall
West: 66" wide x 96" high w/ no fixtures, no niches
One idea is to use 6x12 (or similar size) slate in a on the lower 36" of each wall. The slate is similar to this:
Above this slate will be stacked 12x24 porcelain tile all the way to the ceiling (96" high). The porcelain is similar to this:
Somewhere in the range of a foot or two below the ceiling will be a band of the same slate all the way around.
1 - Will mixing this slate and porcelain in the same shower look okay?
2 - Will having 36" of slate, then porcelain, then a band of slate, then porcelain up to the ceiling look okay?
3 - Are there better ways of incorporating this combination in the shower?
4 - Should the slate be stacked like the porcelain or is it better to install it in a running bond? If stacked, should I attempt to line up some of the slate vertical grout lines with the porcelain vertical grout lines?
5 - At what height should the upper band of slate be, and how tall should it be?
I'm having a difficult time visualizing all of this. Tried using Google sketchup, but that didn't help much since I couldn't get the look of tiles into my drawings. Any help would be greatly appreciated.