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So here is the final design I would like to implement. The small shelves to the left of the toilet are designed to conceal the main stack and to constructively use the space that left between the main stack and the wall.

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The other option would be a staggered pattern which seems a little bit too busy Please ignore the imperfections in this second picture (like that small uncovered strip near the shower base) enter image description here

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  • bottom diagram ... looking in from doorway ... rightmost row is out of sequence
    – jsotola
    Sep 5, 2021 at 18:55
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    have you considered diagonal patterns? ... herringbone patterns?
    – jsotola
    Sep 5, 2021 at 18:58
  • Noo those will not match the wall patern at all
    – MiniMe
    Sep 5, 2021 at 18:59
  • Larger tiles staggered half way can be problematic because the center of the tile has a slight camber and will cause lippage when set alongside an end of the adjacent tile. 1/3 stagger is recommended rather than 1/2
    – Kris
    Sep 5, 2021 at 20:31
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    1/3 or 1/2 stagger has an advantage that if any of the walls, shower, etc. are not totally parallel/perpendicular then it will not be as noticeable as with a straight line of tiles. Sep 5, 2021 at 20:32

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Your second option is definitely more challenging due to the added tile cuts needed to stagger the tile.

As far as being too busy, once it's grouting in, it will look fine and will show a little imagination and craftsmanship.

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  • I think it depends on the tile. In my case it will be lafabbrica.it/prodotto/lascaux (the Kimberly model ) That tile looks good in one piece and not that good when cut
    – MiniMe
    Sep 6, 2021 at 4:04
  • @minime “it’s not about how it looks“ you said. This is an answer to the degree if difficulty
    – Kris
    Sep 6, 2021 at 14:11
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It is personal choice, but large square or rectangular tile in a smallish room will not look "good" if placed parallel to the walls. I have 12" square tiles, in a large kitchen they look fine. But for two small bathrooms, the tile guy said they should be at 45 angle. We did the 45 and it looks good. It sounds like extra cutting but for our square tile, a corner to corner cut gives you two pieces. It looked so good that when I did two larger rooms with 18" square tile, I set them at 45 degrees, cutting was no big deal with diamond blade.

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  • The opinions differ just google it, my cousin has smaller bathrooms then the one I am doing and they both look Ok with large tiles.
    – MiniMe
    Sep 5, 2021 at 20:27
  • Agin this is not about what looks better as in on my taste but rather which one is more challenging to make it look right. There will be wall imperfections and mistakes
    – MiniMe
    Sep 5, 2021 at 22:38

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