This article is intended to give you some ideas on how to layout glass and decorative tiles.
When considering your decorative or glass tile
1. Tile layout- draw a simple diagram first. It does not have to be art, just think about where you want the decorative tile or trim and how it breaks up with your field tiles.
2. Plan on ending your day with decorative tile setting. I set the bottom 2 rows of field tile above this jacuzzi (Picture 1). The glass tile here has many small tiles in it so you cannot stack more tile on top. You want to set your decorative tile so it can handle the weight the next day.
3. I like to miter corners that frame in boxes and windows (Picture 2). As you can see in that image I have cut the corner pieces first and placed them.
4. I fill in the space between the corners running from each side so I wind up with a small cut tile that is centered (Picture 3). Centered cuts are much more pleasing to the eye.
5. Cut glass tile only when necessary. Cutting glass tile on a tile saw does work but it can chip out and leave edges looking unattractive, however, grout will often cover up chips made when cutting glass tile with a tile saw. I still do not recommend ripping glass tile. Try to use the glass tile whole. I let the height of the field tiles dictate where the glass falls (Picture 4)
Picture 1. Glass tile banner over stone tile
Picture 2. Built in tiled shelf
Picture 3. Filling in between corner trim on built in shelf
Picture 4. Installing decorative glass tile banners in 2X6 subway tile.
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To see finish photos of these two bathrooms see:
Deep soaking tub with subway tile surround
Jacuzzi tub with tile surround (coming soon)
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