10-14-2013 10:02 AM
10-15-2013 03:32 PM
Hello djohio and welcome to The Community! We are glad that you are here.
Congratulations on selecting the wood-look tile for your kitchen. This is an excellent flooring choice for that room. The direction (parallel or perpendicular) is dependent upon several factors:
* Is the kitchen a continuation of the dining room?
* Is there a dividing wall or a doorway between the two rooms or is it an open space?
* Is the space shape rectangular or squared?
* What is the overall layout of the two rooms?
* What transition will you have between the hardwood and the tile?
* What are the differences in size and color (if any) between the hardwood and the tile?
It may be most visually pleasing to lay the tile in the same direction as the hardwood if the floor space is continuous, open, elongated, the hardwood/tile color and style are similar, and the transition strip will give a “seamless” appearance.
Consider laying the tile in a perpendicular direction to the hardwood if the floor space is differently sized (one space is square and the other is rectangular), there is a dividing door or wall, the hardwood/tile color – style – size are contrasting, or the transition strip will give a “distinct” appearance.
I recommend dry-laying the tile in the kitchen and photographing it so you will see what the finished project will look like. I also suggest that you observe the layout (parallel or perpendicular) in the daylight as well as at nighttime (if possible) to get the best impression before you start laying the tile.
Please keep us posted on your progress and send a photo of your finished project!
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