How you tile a wall
Having a properly tiled wall always improves the beauty of your room. How you tile a wall depends on the type of surface you are tiling. If you are tiling a wall that is composed of cement, then you need to know how to properly apply the mortar before laying out your tiles.
This article aims to equip you with the knowledge you'll need to tile a wall properly for the best results.
Materials to tile a wall
The materials you'll need to tile a wall are:
Steps to tile a wall
The following are some basic steps that will help you achieve great results when tiling a wall:
How to tile a kitchen wall
You'll use the same steps listed above to tile a kitchen wall as you would to tile a bathroom wall. However, the materials and layout will be different.
It's important that kitchen tiles stay as clean as possible, so make sure to choose a grout colour close to your countertops or back-splash for minimal staining from oil and grease from cooking.
Clean the surface of your kitchen wall with dish soap and water to remove dirt, grease, and grime.
Spread a layer of thin-set mortar over the surface of the wall using a trowel. You can lay tiles immediately or wait until it dries overnight.
When laying tiles around appliances that protrude from the wall (like your stove) make sure you create a seam directly above it to make sure the wall doesn't look too busy.
When laying tiles near kitchen cabinet lines, you can space them roughly 6-inch squats apart to ensure that when they're installed, no grout is visible. This will keep your kitchen looking sleek and clean.
If you're only working with a small section of the wall that you're tiling, it's a good idea to lay down a line of construction adhesive first and use spacers so the tiles don't slip.
How to tile a bathroom wall
If you're working with a wall that has a curve to it, measure the height of the tiles and make sure they line up on all sides. If you're installing mosaics with lots of straight lines, use a tile ruler to ensure that the lines are straight.
When tiling around tubs or basins, it's okay if the tiles touch each other on the sides where they meet. This will provide extra support for your tiled surface.
If you need to cut very small tiles down to size, a pair of tile nippers can be very effective. Simply snip the tiles along the grout lines and they should break in a uniform line. If you have larger cuts to make, use a glass cutter or an old steak knife.