Published at Saturday, 02 February 2019. Kitchen Floors. By Gerda Andersen.
Using your chalk lines for reference, line up the first or starter tile. Then lay down just enough adhesive to accommodate four tiles. If you have chosen variegated tiles in contrasting colors, lay them so that the pattern in the lighter tiles are at right angles to the pattern in the darker tiles. This is called quarter-turning.
Since the tiles will be turned on the diagonal, you want large or complete tiles to edge the most visible entrance into the kitchen. Then make an accurate template of the pattern on graph paper, taking care to include any odd bump–outs or –ins. Allow about 15 percent overage for a diagonal pattern.
Nothing gives a kitchen a more timeless quality than stone. The best flooring stones have a bit of texture and a minimum of shine. They, too, can be laid in interesting patterns: squares of alternating tones, sometimes accented with small inlays of stone or art tile; random rectangular blocks that have the feel of a European farmhouse; or as field tile with borders and inlays that rival the detail and beauty of the mosaics of ancient Rome.
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