How Much Tile? Design Tips & Averages

You’re looking at tile and want a quick reference for how many square feet you might need.  What to do?

Consider these common measurements and tile design tips:

Kitchen Backsplash: Usually around 18″ high but lengths vary greatly. An average kitchen splash length is 10-20 lineal feet = 15-30 square feet of space to be tiled.

Tub Surround: For a standard tub, the wall lengths are usually 36″, 60″, 36″ = 11 lineal feet x 6′ or 7′ wall height (approx) = 66-77 square feet of tile needed.

Wainscot: Tile wainscoting is a great look, but what height should it be?  For the best possible result, never cut the wall in half.  This is one of the most important wainscot tips. If the wall is 8′ high, you want the total wainscot height below or above 48″. Consider 36″, 42″or 54″ from the floor to the top of the wainscoting.

Border: If you’re looking for a horizontal border or decorative stripe, take the lineal measurements given above. What about the height to place it at? That’s personal preference. At the top of wainscoting is good (not to exceed the total height listed above) or in a shower, 5′ is a great height. It doesn’t interfere with the plumbing locations yet is near eye level.  For a unique  and more contemporary look, place the border vertically and run the border from floor (or tub) to ceiling.

Fireplace: Designs vary, but you should consider whether you are tiling just the face of the fireplace, between a wood mantle and the firebox, or all the way around a fireplace, including the hearth and sides. Check out this fireplace for example: a total of 14 square feet (in 1×1, 1×2 and 2×4) of laNeva tile #90 Oregano.

Still can’t decide what would look best?  Call or email [email protected] and we’d be thrilled to provide a phone consultation and custom layout options for you, including lots of tips on how to make your tile project a complete showstopper! We’ve been designing dynamic tile environments for… well, forever! (Okay, it’s  been about 13 years.)

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The Slice Collection Release

We’ve had a great week with a new Lineal Collection border launch each day.  Now, for the final tie-in, a component piece. The Slice Collection is for those who may just want a splash of gorgeous handmade tile, or those who want to add another detail to their laNeva Lineal Border or solid color handmade field tile.

The Slice Collection is a ribbon of mesh-mounted tile, using 2×2 or 3×3 square Rift tiles, or those sizes along with their coordinating rectangle sizes.

We introduce the Slice Collection and a few of its variations:

2x2 Slice "A" shown in #90 Oregano / #61 Sky

2x2 Slice "B" Shown in #90 Oregano/#61 Sky

(All drawings and photos above show 2 lineal feet of Slice design each.)

With any of these layouts, you choose to have horizontal (A) or vertical (B) Rift tiles (with Rift color divisions shown as dotted lines in the drawings above).

Slice using only square tiles is available using 2″x 2″ or 3″x 3″ tiles.

Slice using square and rectangular tiles is available in combinations of 3×3/3×6 OR 2×2/2×4 and is a smaller version of our Rift Valley Lineal border pattern released this past week.

Of course, the Slice Collection components are available using any standard combination of our handmade Rift Series tiles.

If you are looking for a simple border, use any of colors with any layout variation as a listello insert within a larger tile wall design.  If you just want a touch of tile, use these alone, with an overglazed (finished) top edge for a  ribbon of tile at a backsplash.  Want to create a large, dramatic design? Use a Slice accent as a secondary detail along with our Rift Valley Lineal border.  The possibilities are endless!

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Top 6 Reasons laNeva Tile is NOT For You

Although we’d love for everyone to have laNeva Artisan Tile gracing their bathroom, kitchen backsplash or reception  area, we know that our tile is not for everyone. How do you know if laNeva tile is not for you? We have a few pointers:

1.) You want tile that is uniform in color, texture and size. You need a machine-made tile rather than the inherent variation that comes with a handmade product like ours.

2.) You need tile yesterday, or today and can’t wait for it. laNeva Tile is made by hand for every order and is not pre-made or stocked. It takes time to produce and while many times it can be shipped earlier, our standard lead time is 4-6 weeks.

3.) You would like to color-match existing tile or design elements. laNeva has a solid color palette of 12 glazes.  It is possible that one of our colors may be a close match to what you need but we cannot create specialty glazes.  Please order a sample pack of 4 tiles (or our full-line sample pack of 16 tiles) to see examples in person before ordering.

4.) You are looking for a raised-pattern tile or an historic reproduction piece. While laNeva Tile fits into many different architectural styles, we do not produce molded or carved tile. There are many other handmade tile makers who do so beautifully.

5.) You need a floor tile. laNeva tile is approved for all interior wall uses and can be used as an accent on a low-traffic floor such as a residential bathroom or powder room.  Please note that our many high-gloss glaze colors can possibly scratch if used on any floor or if improperly cleaned.

6.) You need to meet a $5/SF (or less) budget. While we work with many different budgets, there are times when not even a decorative border or dot accent of handmade tile can fit the bill. We understand that our tiles are not for everyone at every time, so we hope you come back to us next time you need tile or  refer a friend who may be interested in a unique look. (Really though, our 2×2 “dots” are under $5 each.  Anyone can afford a smattering of gorgeous handmade tile!)

Please contact us with any questions or to see if laNeva Artisan Tile is the right fit for your project.

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Bondera, You Say?

There is a new tile installation product called Bondera. It is a replacement for the traditional mortar bed upon which tile is installed. It is the “glue” that holds the tile to the wall or floor, or wherever. Bondera is a sheet material that you roll out, cut to size and press the tiles into. In a few hours (rather than 24 hours + with traditional mortar) the tiles are set and you can grout right away.

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It seems like Bondera will have applications for the do-it-yourself market but I am interested in what professional installers will say. It is certainly a great option when time is of the essence, but unless professional installers will warranty their work using Bondera, it may just be a quick shortcut for a weekend project.

Bondera is for vertical surfaces such as backsplashes and shower walls, as well as countertops. Bondera is not intended for floor use.

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