Do's and Don'ts of Installing a Versailles Tile Pattern

Part of the bathroom remodel my fiancé and I have embarked on includes replacing outdated carpet with new tile flooring. My fiancé fell in love with and bought the tile he intended to use on the floor four years ago at Floor and Decor. This is Travertine, a natural tile. I know that there are natural tiles that have variations, but the different color in these tiles was amazing. In fact, when we first opened the boxes and started looking at the variations we almost thought it was too much. Almost.

Oh and if it wasn’t enough that the tiles were varied in color (meaning extra coordination skills for layout) they were also the Versailles pattern. The Versailles pattern uses different sized tiles to create a random look in the layout. It is a unique and interesting departure from the traditional diamond or square tile look. However, I highly recommend laying the tile out before hand if you are doing it yourself. And if you plan to hire someone, make sure they have done this kind of tile layout before, as the Versailles pattern layout can easily go askew as we found out.

We set out with the plan of having three of us working on the tile. One would be making the cuts, another would be overseeing that there was not only a good mix of color throughout the layout, but that the correct sized tile went in the right place. You see, even though it looks like it is random, the Versailles layout does have a set pattern that must be followed.

Instead of laying out the tiles ahead of time, I incorrectly thought, surely I can figure out how to lay this tile as we go. That was a big mistake. What I did, was to simply follow the Versailles layout guide that came on the box of tile from Floor and Decor. While this is a terrific guide, the problem is no floor will be set out to lay one section in full at a time, so it is easy to veer off focus, which is where the design went a little haywire for us.

As we neared the end of the room, I realized something was wrong. Somehow we got off the pattern. Thankfully, we were able to recover and work in some of the remaining tile pieces. Although, there is a section of the bathroom floor that doesn’t follow the Versailles pattern. Glancing at it, almost no one would ever be able to tell, but I’ll know and that bugs me.

I wish I had known that this was a bit more complex that laying regular tile. I wish we had taken the time to draw a sketch to scale of the layout. But most of all, I wish I had known about Floor and Decor’s design experts. Did you know that they will help you plan the design of your remodel for free? Stay tuned where’s I’ll discuss that in an upcoming post.

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2 Responses to Do's and Don'ts of Installing a Versailles Tile Pattern

  1. REBECCA RAMSBURG says:

    We are getting ready to lay a tile floor in the Versailles pattern (4 sizes.) It appears that the grout lines won’t be consistent. Is that correct and how can we make them as consistent as possible?

  2. Malika says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    Good question. Whether or not the grout lines are consistent really depends on the tile, as you probably know. The tile we used in our bathroom was actually pretty uniform, so our grout lines are pretty consistent. You should ask at Floor and Decor if the tile you are buying is gauged or ungauged. That is how you know if it will be uniform. Gauged tile will be more uniform. Of course, you can use spacers that will help to keep grout lines consistent.

    Best of luck with your install! Please let me know how it goes!

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