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 questions@lanevatile.com 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 Dirt – Glazes

#84 Siren showing brush strokes on 2x2 tile

Many of the glazes in the laNeva tile line create a fabulous watercolor-like finish on the tiles. This is in part due to our use of 100% lead free glaze and is even more apparent on the larger size tiles. Lead-free glaze does not move or melt as much in the firing process as leaded glazes do, and since we brush all of our glazes on by hand instead of spraying them on, the character of the brush strokes is apparent in some of our final tiles. Colors that have more obvious brush strokes are Oregano, Siren, Dune, Curry and Café.

The nature of the brush strokes all depends on the thickness of glaze application. Thinner coats of glaze show brush strokes more than thickly applied coats. Since laNeva tiles are all handmade, there will always be variation from tile to tile and order to order.

Contemporary Ceramic Tile, color green sage oregano

laNeva's #90 Oregano with Overglazed edge

**laNeva Tile also offers overglazed edges when you need a tile with a finished edge. This overglazed edge is our version of the bullnose tile. We add an overglazed edge to create a finished edge at the side of a backsplash, shower wall or top of wainscoting, just to name a few applications. The tile edge remains square and the glaze color wraps all the way around the side thickness of the tile to create a uniform, finished side.

See more examples of our Solid Color glazes and our Exclusive Rift Series tiles where we combine two colors on one tile for a unique, contemporary appearance.

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