Please Vote on Tile Entry Layout
July 30, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Diamond, Grid, or Off-set horizontal layout?
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Offset diagonal pattern. Must be done by a professional, measured and laid out in advance. Maybe a central medallion or an area rug for visual interest.
July 30, 2013 at 1:18pm   
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I like tile laid simple, just like the way it looks to have been laid prior but it is all preference.
July 30, 2013 at 1:22pm   
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Those appear to be 20" or 24" tiles. If you are even considering using an offset (also called running bond or brick) pattern, you need to make sure there is absolutely no cupping in the tiles - that each tile is absolutely flat. Large format tiles are causing serious problems with lippage due to the porcelain tiles cupping during the manufacturing process. We have seen this to be a problem with both expensive and inexpensive tiles.

An offset or running bond pattern exacerbates the problem as the lowest point of the tile (the four corners) are put next to the highest point of the tile (midway of the tile) and it becomes noticeable. Manufacturers are now saying to do a 1/3 offset instead of 1/2 offset to try to get around some of the installation issues.

I would go with the diagonal pattern you have laid out.
July 30, 2013 at 1:28pm     
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July 30, 2013 at 1:32pm   
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mc kraft
I suggest cutting your tiles (so they are rectangles, not squares) before you lay them in a 'brick' pattern, horizontally and vertically to be consistent with the lines of your front door....
July 30, 2013 at 1:34pm   
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I vote diagonal as well.
July 30, 2013 at 1:35pm   
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Diagonal will visually expand the space, so I vote diagonal, with precautions as advised above.
July 30, 2013 at 1:36pm     
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Coates Design Architects Seattle
I agree with Deborah Butler and decoenthusiaste. The diagonal looks good but use with caution.
July 30, 2013 at 1:39pm   
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It depends on the effect you want. Basic side by side straight up down is standard. Diagonal (45 degree angles) are nice. Each tile a different size - dramatic.
July 30, 2013 at 1:49pm   
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Nancy Travisinteriors
July 30, 2013 at 1:54pm   
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Dillard Kitchen and Bath
What is going in the room adjacent?

I like the diamond...depending what you're doing with the other room, I might suggest a border (laid straight and in another tile) just around the edges of the entry.
July 30, 2013 at 2:27pm   
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Living room (wood flooring) will be the adjacent room. Our plan is to creat a separation by laying a connecting plank in the opposite direction.
July 30, 2013 at 2:57pm   
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