Tile Spacing in subway

beverett1August 15, 2013
Does a subway tile pattern need to be centered over the middle of the stove opening?
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yoboseiyo
doesn't have to be, no.

it generally looks better if you center it on the wall, though. then you have equal cuts on either side.
    Bookmark   Thanked by beverett1    August 15, 2013 at 6:42AM
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beverett1
We are using black glass tile (3x10) with black grout. I think we are starting the tile in the right corner so the cut tiles will be under a lower cabinet which is less visible. Here is a photo of the space.
    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 6:48AM
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yoboseiyo
i'm assuming then, that the corner is the most visible part when you walk into the kitchen.
that's a good way to go.

i'd be interested to see how the black glass and grout look with those cabinets.
i have old black ceramic tiles as my backsplash with white grout, and i HATE it. they're just... they weren't done well, and they're just not pretty with the honey oak cabinets.

i think the black will look nice with those cabinets though. :D
    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 5:29PM
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beverett1
yoboseiyo, As you requested, here is a picture of the black glass tile. I am waiting on black switches and outlets to be added. The tile is 3x12 with black grout. I think that they go well with the cabinets.
    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 3:20PM
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Scott Design, Inc.
I would aim for centering the tile over the stove and around the window and then work your way into the corner. Typically a tiler will continue or wrap the corner with two cuts to equal the full length of the tile being used. In this case, your tile is fairly long so you can modify the length a bit without being nearly as obvious as off centered tile in your line of sight every day.

Another way to deal with this concern is to lay your tile at 1/3 joints rather than 1/2 joints. It's a little more difficult for the eye to recognize when you are "off symmetry" when looking at asymmetric patterns.
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beverett1
Thanks, Scott Designs. We did center over the stove and centered the window. We modified the corner wrap so the pieces beside the window matched each other in length. We centered the tile over the window as well. Also over the window, we made the height adjustment directly above the window so that a row of full tiles was at the ceiling.
    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 4:09PM
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Scott Design, Inc.
Glad that you took that approach. It must look great.
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