Tile layout choices
In just six weeks we will begin a gut remodel of our "master" bathroom in our 1940's cape cottage. It's literally falling apart around us! We are keeping the cast iron tub as it's in pretty good shape, and the toilet is new, so it will stay as well. We've purchased a pedestal sink, inset medicine cabinet, white hex floor, and will use white subways on the shower walls and white bead board wainscoting behind the toilet and sink and on the opposite wall.
you can see the trim has rotted around the window in the shower (our house is brick so closing the hole isn't ideal - we've purchased a vinyl tempered obscure glass window to replace this one. Because we'll obviously not put new wood trim, our tile installer recommends tiling all the way to overlap the window frame.
I'm trying to decide what pattern to use and therefore what profile tile to purchase (we are purchasing all materials ourselves). We currently have madcap trim, which I do not want again. I am trying to decide if we should just use a side-bevel 3x6 on the edges around the window and the edges that will be adjacent to the bead board, or use a 2x6 beveled tile set vertically instead (sort of like a picture frame around the window and on the wall edges.
Is there a typical or traditional method? We are obviously going for a period look and would like to be consistent with that.
Also, should we tile all the way to the crown moulding (or would we leave off crown moulding all together?).