Ready to Try a Larger Tile?

One of my favorite size tiles to use on floors and walls is large-format rectangular 12″x24″ tile. Think really big subway tile. It is an ideal size to try if you are considering going larger but want to ease into it. It may appear large in the tile showroom, but once installed, it looks smaller and is a nice, fresh alternative to the common 12″x12″ or 18″x18″ tile. 12″x24″ has been around for many years, but only recently has it gained popularity with the general public. See how it’s being used in bathroom design now:

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Here are some beautiful honed slate wall tiles in muted blue grays with touches of rust. They are paired with matching tumbled mosaic for the tub face and surround.

Tip: Combining similar tile in different sizes adds great texture and interest while keeping a cohesive design.

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Notice how the warm tone of the vanity is picked up in the tile of this transitional bath.

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The tile does not go all the way up the ceiling allowing the walls to reflect the natural light streaming in from above.

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Here in a khaki-and-white bath, glass tile is set in a straight pattern on the main shower wall and wainscot. The tub face has 12″x24″ tile with a linear fabric-like design, in a khaki and cream color blend. A light version on the side walls coordinates with it all and breaks up the khaki.

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A textured rectangular floor tile coordinates so perfectly with the glass wainscot/backsplash and blonde wood vanity. blog 6 pic 6













A vintage style bath is done in traditional cararra marble and the large format of the tile adds a modern twist.


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Here is an unusual rectangular tile which looks like woven grass cloth. It adds warmth and visual 6 pic 8

The other side of the shower. The straight lines are echoed in the decorative tile border and wall sconce.

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…And contemporary ones.

Would you try large-format tiles in your next project?