Vertical or Horizontal?

Don't try this at home! Vertical tile installation requires precise placement and grout lines to keep the eye moving downwards in a straight line. It's best to work with an experience and licensed tile installer to execute a complete bathroom remodel, including vertical tile installation in the master shower.

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WAXHAW, NC – As you plan your kitchen, bathroom or fireplace tile project, you are likely faced with so many options! It can feel overwhelming because you want to be sure you will love the finished product for years to come. Here are a few considerations when choosing tiles and designs for your home project.

Elongate Your Vision

Tiles installed vertically are having their moment. Over the past few months, we have seen an increase in clients moving from the standard horizontal/subway installation to a vertical installation. When choosing tiles for vertical installation, look for sizes and shapes that will make an impact on your walls. An elongated hexagon makes a bold statement in any bathroom. Your contractor can provide measurements and recommend the best size tile to purchase. Keep in mind, a vertical installation may require more time and materials, depending on the tile material. There could be a slight price variance.

On the Horizon

Horizontal tiles can be installed in a straight finish or a brick/subway design–it all depends on what you like. Subway tiles are trendy yet traditional and can tie together many types of decor. We have seen a continued interest in white gloss or matte subway tiles with dark brown grout. The look can be both farmhouses, traditional, contemporary, and modern. Tiles made for floors should not be used on walls, and vice versa. Check with your contractor on the best approach.

If you are considering a kitchen, bath or fireplace remodel and need some tile design and selection ideas, email me at or visit We would be happy to help you find a style that suits your needs!

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