Are you a fan of stacked tile? I’m sharing the photos that changed Scott’s mind, plus why we’re choosing to ‘stack’ our bathroom tile, rather than a more traditional ‘stagger.’
To Stack or Not to Stack?
I’ve wanted to implement a stack bond tile pattern – tile that is, literally, stacked on top of one another as opposed to a staggered (or running bond) pattern – for a long time. Scott has been completely, 100-percent against it for years, and so throughout every bathroom and kitchen we’ve ever tackled, we continue to use the more traditional running bond. It’s classic, it will always be in style, and it’s easy to lay.
But this time? This time, I decided I would be persistent. Our Tree House bathroom renovation is right around the corner, and I was determined to get Scott on Team Stack! (Could I do it?!) We shared the mood board for the bathroom last week, and we’ll be using this 3″ x 12″ ceramic tile with a handmade feel. The bottom half of our bathroom walls will have painted beadboard, and the top half (to the ceiling!) and into the shower will have this tile:
A Closer Look at Our Tile
We’re using a longer, slim version of a classic subway tile, with edges that are perfectly imperfect. The website describes it as farmhouse style, which isn’t how I’d describe our style, but we still loved the look. The way I thought about it was this: Why not ‘modernize’ the artisan-inspired tile with a slightly contemporary stacked bond? It would be the best of both worlds!
Even the glossy surface of the tile has slight ripples and waves, which we think will reflect light beautifully. My only fear was that if we didn’t do a stacked bond pattern (I’m nothing if not persistent!), the tile may begin to look too messy. Like, handcrafted edges and a wave-like front face and staggered tile? Scott still wasn’t sure, so I began rounding up images that have inspired me over the years, and I began to state my case.
Our Stacked Tile Inspiration
From Mandi’s kitchen to Amber’s dual bathrooms (they’re like bathroom cousins!) to Chris and Julia’s moody shower, I made sure to cover every angle. Dark tile, light tile, textured, smooth and matte tile. These are some of my favorites:
Another thought came to mind – horizontally stacked or vertically stacked? From the beginning, I’ve always pictured a horizontal stack, but these photos could convince me otherwise:
Although the tile below doesn’t have the same handcrafted look, I knew this photo would be the biggest help for my case. The combination of green, wood and black accents was similar enough to our color scheme, that I knew Scott would come around:
You guys, he came around. He came around! (To be fair, he wasn’t as resistant to the idea as I thought he may be; maybe I finally wore the poor guy down, ha.) Our Tree House bathroom will soon have my long beloved stacked tile pattern!
The Shower Niche
Oh, the niche. As if deciding on a tile in the first place – and then the pattern, and then the grout! – wasn’t already surmountable, along comes the niche. How high? How wide? Do we need bullnose tile for the edges? Which wall?
It wasn’t until we found the image above that it all clicked into place. That’s where we’ll have a vertical feature! It’s subtle but clearly intentional, pretty but not flashy. Our hope all along was for a 12″ high niche (by as wide as possible), and yet the idea to turn our tile vertically never dawned on us. (I know!) We’ll have the niche on the wet wall along with the shower head and temperature valve, and I’ve already picked up 3 of these amber bottles to fill up with suds.
What do you think? Are you Team Stack?