Friday, October 23, 2015

One Room Challenge - Room #2, Week 3

Who says you don't need math?  There was a lot of math involved in this floor design.  Herringbone floors are pretty but I never gave much thought to the actual process of getting it to look pretty.  This was our inspiration and look how perfect those tiles we need to get ours looking that way.

You see if you don't have a perfectly square space (and who does?) then the herringbone will get all out of whack at some point in the room. To combat that we laid a border tile that was exactly square (the bead board will hide any gaps) and then began to figure out the herringbone pattern from there.

Complicated step #2 is figuring out how big the tiles should be and how to lay them in order to reduce the number of cuts and strange triangles on the end.  In our case, this meant tiles that were 3 13/16" x 7 3/4" with 1/8" tile spacers.  Got all that?

Complicated step #3 is deciding where the 1st tile should be laid and then work off that.  If that first tile isn't perfect then the entire design will get off track.  Sean drew diagonal lines from corner to corner of our square border and then worked off of that.

It is a very good thing that one of us is a turd polisher perfectionist (spoiler alert - it isn't me!).

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  1. Wow, I love this floor! We're laying the herringbone floor in our ORC room tonight and definitely sweating all the details you just talked about.

    1. Good luck - the outcome will be so worth the extra effort!

  2. This looks great. I absolutely love a herringbone tile floor.

  3. Wow that flooring is stunning! I am loving that pattern! I am also doing the one room challenge and am feeling the stress, there is still so much to do!

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  5. Where do you get your slate tile? It looks like maybe 3x6”?