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How to lay rectangular ceramic tiles

Last modified: 2021-11-23 | Approximate reading time 3 mins

Amanda Harvey

Are you hoping to install tiles in your kitchen or bathroom? If choosing the tile pattern and size are initial questions on your mind, what about the technique used for laying tile?

While the appearance of the tile is certainly of great importance, the method of laying tiles needs to be taken into consideration. Here’s a brief overview of the options available to you for this ceramic project.

6 techniques for installing rectangular ceramic tiles

1- Chevron

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Standing out for its undeniable originality, the chevron installation still requires great care to be executed to perfection. What's more, it involves making several cuts, which requires investing more time to carry out the project. Moreover, as losing tiles and materials is more considerable, this will have an influence on the necessary budget.

Let's finish by mentioning that this method takes advantage of the diagonal line of the room, which has the benefit of visually enlarging the room. Therefore, this technique should be a priority for small bathrooms or kitchens.

2- Offset

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Although the staggered installation follows a straight line, it nevertheless turns out different from what the name suggests. Essentially, this one follows a 2/3-1/3 ratio. As with a straight installation, it’s of the utmost importance that the spacing of this installation is the same from start to finish. More specifically, you should know that there are three types of spacing:

  • the second tile is placed after the first third of the first tile;
  • the second tile is laid after the first quarter of the tile laid first;
  • the second tile is laid so that it starts halfway from the first tile. This technique is particularly suitable for small tiles.

3- “L”

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Visually similar to the rafter installation, it still has several significant differences: the fact that it aligns perpendicular to the wall and requires fewer cuts to complete. As its effect reduces the length of a space, it’s a good option for narrow hallways.

4- Imitation parquet

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This method lays two rectangular tiles horizontally (one above the other), then two vertically and so on. Similar to the straight line installation, this type of installation limits the number of cuts necessary to complete the project, making it an economic option.

Regarding its aesthetic qualities, it’s considered to be particularly effective in visually reducing the length in narrow passages such as corridors. Although classic, this type of layout adds a touch of originality to a room’s design. Finally, it’s relatively easy to install, which will delight many!

5- Herringbone

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Photo: Mercury Mosaics

When it comes to originality, the herringbone pattern is one of a kind! It consists of tiles laid in a "V" shape, which gives the impression of several "V's" fitted into each other. Installation needs a certain amount of expertise, which ideally requires calling a professional if you have little experience carrying out this type of project.

6- Right

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The right pattern is all about laying tiles in a linear fashion. Not surprisingly, this technique is particularly popular. Why is that? Quite simply because it’s the perfect choice for contemporary and modern decors and it limits the number of cuts required for this tile installation. The losses are small, which makes this option inexpensive.

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