We're laying tile throughout most of the living areas
(not bedrooms, carpet is warmer on bare feet!). I
think the tiles are 14 or 16" square (not keen on
unwrapping a pallet to measure).
I'll be laying them "diagonally" so the grout lines
are at 45 degree angles to the walls (regardless of
As the house will effectively be one continuous stretch
of tile, where you *start*
plays a key role in what the
final result is like!
We have a bedroom hallway down the center of the house that
is a couple/three feet wide. I suspect having the tiles
in that hallway will be the most visually
appealing -- it would be too noticeable if they were offset
in any way (small space means small discrepancies are
we have two other major "sight lines" perpendicular to
this hallway. One is a "virtual hallway" (a view
through several doorways/walkspaces -- even though there
is a wall on only one side of this virtual space) of
similar dimension. The other is a larger, "open"
hallway (again, with only one wall but much wider space).
My thinking is to create a centerline down the bedroom
hallway and another centerline for this "virtual hallway".
Where they intersect, lay the "key" tile. So, eventually,
a "row of diamonds" travels directly down the center of
each of these "narrow" hallways/sightlines.
Everything else will just end up whereever the tiles end up
laying (can't interrupt the pattern).
This makes the wide hallway a little less than ideal (the
"diamonds" wouldn't be exactly centered owing to the dimensions
of walls/rooms). But, it's a much wider space so hopefully
not as noticeable "off center" as it would be in the narrower
It also makes the front entrance a bit wonky; the tiles again
not lining up nicely in that space, centered on the doors, etc.
I've been playing with alternatives using a CAD model of the
house floorplan (so, I can move the "grid" of tiles around
and see what they will look like relative to the walls and
openings) which is how I've discovered these compromises.
Is there some rule of thumb that governs how folks pick the
point for the "first" tile (even if it is not laid first)?
Or, do they just start anywhere and not worry about the
outcome? (cover it with a throw rug!)