18 sq ft marble tile for master bath floor, lay on diagonal?

threeapplesMay 24, 2012

I know it costs more to lay tile on a diagonal and that you use more extra tile, but I'm wondering if it's worth it anyway given the better appearance. Any thoughts? thanks so much.

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treasuretheday

I think square tiles on the diagonal are more interesting plus they visually expand the space so I feel it's worth the extra expense.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 10:44PM
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cat_mom

I prefer it that way, too.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 10:58PM
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tim45z10

Diagonal with thin grout lines.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 1:40AM
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fnmroberts

Rooms are rarely square. A diagonal layout will better disguise the out-of-square condition.

Purchase additional tile. Natural stone will have fault lines which your tile setter (if he's experienced) will detect before installing individual pieces. Ours utilized portions of these as sections of base trim.

Here's a photo of our marble floor, about 5 x 6 but it appears larger. 1/32" grout lines as natural stone is cut square enabling close spacing.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 7:05AM
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treasuretheday

fnmroberts... That is one of the prettiest floors I've seen. I love the warm and cool tones together in the stone. Can you share the name/details?

Sorry for the hijack, threeapples!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 8:43AM
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writersblock

I was just going to ask that, too, treasuretheday.

I always prefer diagonal, too, threeapples, for square tiles.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 10:12AM
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cat_mom

fmroberts, add me to the "love" list!!! That stone/tile is to-die-for!

We used 1/32" grout lines recently for our FR/Guest Bedroom/Garage Entryway Ocean Beige travertine floor tile. Had I known tighter (than 1/16") grout lines were possible before then, we'd have asked our tile guy if they were possible for all the tile in our house.

FWIW, here's a pic of our travertine with 1/32" grout lines (12x24", not set on the diagonal) for threeapples in case another example of thin grout lines is desired (grout appears a bit darker in the pic than it does IRL, it blends in very well, despite the variation in the natural stone):

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 11:47AM
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fnmroberts

Thank you for the kind comments. Sometimes things just fall into place as did this tile. After it was installed I would find myself standing in the hallway admiring how it looked.

Tile was purchased more than two years ago from The Tile Shop. Named Siena Silver Light. I just checked their website without finding it listed but I have to believe its still available.

Threeapples, I hope our exchange will be helpful to you too. Below I've linked before/after photos of the room. Have a nice holiday weekend.

Here is a link that might be useful: Guest Bath

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 12:42PM
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Billl

Just to state the obvious, but this is simply a matter of personal preference. I don't particularly care for the diagonals in small spaces, but many people think they look great.

If you haven't done so already, grab 10 or so tiles and lay out the pattern in the space. If you like it enough to pay extra for the layout, then go for it.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 1:03PM
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treasuretheday

Thanks, fnmroberts, for the info! We have a Tile Shop nearby so I'll check the next time I'm there. Then, of course, I'd need to figure out a place in my house to use that lovely tile!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 4:53PM
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williamsem

We went for a diagonal too. I felt it was a more professional look, and as you can see in the second pic, the surround has straight tile-like areas, so I thought having straight tile and grout lines with those lines on the wall would look off. I am very pleased.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 5:24PM
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threeapples

thanks, everyone, for the great advice and gorgeous photos!
our tile guy said he does 1/8" grout. i'll ask him about thinner. for our foyer, antiqued black and white marble in 12" sq tiles set on a diagonal, should we also do thinner grout than 1/8"? i had no idea what normal sizing for grout was until i read this post. thanks!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 10:12PM
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KevinMP

Just note that if your tiles are beveled (like mine), you will have larger looking grout lines even though (like mine) the spacing was 1/16" (for which unsanded TEC dove gray grout was used). I didn't want divers in between the tiles where dirt collected, so I got more visible grout lines.

But that's what I get for buying my honed calcatta gold for a measly $14 per square foot! I couldn't pass up that deal.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 10:32PM
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threeapples

Gorgeous, Kevin. Mind sharing the source for your deal?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 10:52PM
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mydreamhome

Another vote for diagonal. 1/16" or smaller grout lines everywhere--that way you can go with unsanded grout. Sand in the grout helps give anything that wants to grow a place to hold on (i.e. mildew). Unsanded helps keep that from happening + it just looks smoother and more refined. The smaller the grout lines, the less space for anything to hold onto for growing purposes as well. Smaller lines will also serve to show off the tile more so than showing off the grout IMO.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 10:43AM
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bill_vincent

Sand in the grout helps give anything that wants to grow a place to hold on (i.e. mildew). Unsanded helps keep that from happening

I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with that. Just about all modified grouts now have anti-microbial agents in them to make mold and mildewing of grout joints a thing of the past. ALL grouts. As for the smoother part, that I can't argue. The smaller the grout joints you can get away with, the better, so long as there IS a grout joint. As the guys who trained me used to say-- you're putting in a tile floor-- not a GROUT floor. :-)

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 2:07PM
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zagyzebra

DIAGONAL!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 2:45PM
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KevinMP

Threeapples, I live in Philadelphia but found the tile online at a granite and marble slab wholesaler in Jamesburg, NJ (EGM). The company had a section on the website called closeouts, or something to that effect, with various lots of remnant tiles including photographs and lot size. I went up to see it and told them that I saw online that they had some remnant tile. They looked puzzled, and I told them where I saw it on their web site. The impression I got was that they don't ordinarily sell that product direct to customers and that section of their web site has since been removed from public view.

Regardless, they were very helpful in going through their electronic inventory to find a size of calacataa gold in a honed finish that would work for my application--a remodel of a bathroom in a 186-year-old house. They had it shipped from their Brooklyn location so that I could see it in person, and I then bought 200 square feet of it and packed it into a rented SUV and drove it back to Philadelphia.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 8:58AM
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positano

I will go against the grain and say I like a staggered brick pattern. Diagnal looks a little outdated to me. I love Kevin MP's brick pattern on his floor.

Here is another example From com.apple.mail.drag-T0x108823620.tmp.Hg0TfA

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 8:43PM
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gr8daygw

I love it on the diagonal. I hear people talk about it being outdated but what? I can't imagine tile on the diagonal would be considered passé. It just looks so good that way. It is also advantageous in many situations. I've never considered it a trend as much as simply an option. To me it is more pleasing than on the straight in many situations especially in the larger tiles sizes. To each his own : )

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 9:02PM
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dvarnell

I did both - brick set 14x14s in my son's bath and diagonal 16x16s in mine. It may depend on what else you are doing for design. He has lots of squares - square faucets, plaid shower curtain so the brick set tile followed the theme and worked there better than a diagonal would have. The diagonal with my marble floor tile looks more elegant to me there than the brick set would have.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 1:26PM
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dvarnell

I did both - brick set 14x14s in my son's bath and diagonal 16x16s in mine. It may depend on what else you are doing for design. He has lots of squares - square faucets, plaid shower curtain so the brick set tile followed the theme and worked there better than a diagonal would have. The diagonal with my marble floor tile looks more elegant to me there than the brick set would have.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 1:27PM
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sritacco

Positano, thanks for posting that picture. I'm trying to
decide on diagonal or brick and your picture is a
great example of how good "brick" can look.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 10:58AM
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onerae

I didn't think I wanted 18" diagonal squares in my bathroom until I laid some out to see how it would look. The floor is done and I love, love, love how it looks. It does make the room look and feel larger and I don't believe it is a look that will become dated at all!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 5:45PM
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