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Old 03-03-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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I'm going out to look at ceramic tile for a rec/bonus room. My house is for sale so I want to know what most people would prefer for tile size. 18"x18" or 12"x12" tiles for a 14ft x 15ft rec room? This will be a high traffic area, so carpet is not an option. The walls are light yellow and the room gets lots of light, so should I put in a dark neutral or a light neutral tile?
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:46 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley
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Can't address the resale issue, but:

We just finished off our bedroom in 18" tile, and it's about 20x15. I like the look of the bigger tile, but my 50-year-old back did not particularly appreciate the lift and stretch of setting large, heavy tiles. The grouting was certainly easier, as there was less of it to do.
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:04 PM
 
Location: NH Lakes Region
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Default My 'druthers were the 18x18's...

I put 18x18 tiles in a 10'x14' porch off the back of my house - laid them out diagonally, and I think they came out gorgeous. I posted a couple pix of the porch (with tiles) in an earlier post about enclosing screened-in porches, if you want to search for them.

The 12x12's were ok, but I much prefered the cleaner lines of the bigger tiles. Of course, going with light or dark colors and light or dark grout will also make a big difference in the effect. I found that trying to blend the grout in with the tile colors really worked well for what I was looking for.
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Elkhart, IN
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18"x18" or 12"x12" tiles for a 14ft x 15ft rec room? This will be a high traffic area, so carpet is not an option. The walls are light yellow and the room gets lots of light, so should I put in a dark neutral or a light neutral tile?
How about going with a 16x16 tile? Its bigger than the 12 x12, less money than the 18x18 and probably a bit easier to handle and lay. I would do the diagonal layout as well, makes the room look larger as well as having less grout lines. Go with a medium tone for the color. Not too dark or light, especially since you are selling the place.
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Old 03-04-2009, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I'd go for the 18 x 18" tile. The larger tile is shown in "higher end" homes and has a more "luxury" feel
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Old 03-04-2009, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Definitely 18x18, the bigger the better, less grout lines to clean.
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Old 03-04-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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I thought that larger tile goes in larger room and smaller for smaller spaces. That's why you see 4x4 for back splashes. I think 18x18 would be ok for the room and I like the idea of less grout lines and only half the number of tiles will need to be laid. Big tiles may be found in luxury homes because they have bigger rooms.
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Old 03-06-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Hixson Tn
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I agree with th 18x18 on a diagonal. Will look great and give you the high end look that was mentioned.
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:20 PM
 
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Our contracter talked us into 18 inch tile for our bathroom because he said it would make the room look and feel bigger. He was absolutely spot on. It looks a lot bigger.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Brevard, NC
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raindrop101 is right. It sounds counter to common sense but putting large tile, especially on the diagonal, in a small room makes the room seem more spacious.
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