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All about the different poses of the tiles.

There are many ways to customize your tile. Thus, plain tiles are now competing with models with decorative effects! Playful and aesthetic, the art of posing is called calepinage. His success is essential to balance the lines and participate in the harmony of a room. Thus, by choosing the best type of installation, you will reduce losses and get a more aesthetic result.

Prepare the soil.

the different poses of the tiles.

Before starting the laying, the floor must be perfectly prepared to obtain a flat surface and a smooth support. You have to draw a laying plan in order to know where to start. Even if one masters the technique perfectly, nothing replaces the observation. To do this, do not hesitate to take a step back and even to position the blank tiles, that is to say without glue. It is possible to make a precise layout by drawing the laying plan with the location of each tile. You will optimize the cuts and minimize the losses. However, plan additional tiles to have a comfortable margin of maneuver in case of errors or breakages.

The sense of classical pose.

The sense of classical pose.

At the base of any layout is a straight or diagonal pose. Most of the different laying plans are variations around these techniques. The right pose is the easiest to do. This involves aligning tiles of the same format, at right angles, from a wall to the opposite wall, from a central axis and perpendicular to the side of the entrance to the room. This work requires a perfect minutia especially in the alignment of the tiles, the slightest offset compromises the result. For diagonal laying, the line also starts with perpendicular axes. Then place the first tile in the center, where the axes intersect, with the points on the lines. The diagonals are then drawn on each side of the tile, posing blank to the walls. This pose requires as much precision for the alignment of the tiles as the right pose. In addition, there are complex variants of these two types of laying. Thus, there is talk of offset installation when each line of tiles is shifted vis-à-vis the other relative to the center of the tiles of the previous line. Here the symmetry must be perfect. Then, the chevron laying is carried out with tiles in blade format (120 x 20 cm and 60 x 15 cm) so as to imitate a parquet floor.

Laying tiles in specific formats.

Laying tiles in specific formats.

Tiles with cabochons, in octagonal format, require the most precise installation. Thus, it is necessary to respect the direction of pose and its alignment, and to regulate meticulously the positioning of each cabochon. To do this, it is usually done a straight pose. The pattern created by alternating tiles produces an aesthetic visual effect. In addition, traditional hexagonal terracotta tiles are just a straight pose that is enough to create the pattern. We must start by positioning on the perpendicular axes, the first lines of tiles, then the first m². Be careful, the cuts are delicate and more numerous than for the straight laying of classic format. It is also possible to install hexagonal tiles with cabochons.

Finally, to personalize your tiling, do not hesitate to add a decorative frieze mosaic or play with the sense of pose to create visual effects.

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