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How to Grout Tile to Create a Banding Effect

Take tiling to a whole new level. Experiment with grout sizes to create a modern banding effect.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Apply Thinset

Start the project with clean drywall/backer board. Starting at the bottom base of the wall, spread thinset with a trowel on the first section of the wall. Tip: You can choose to create vertical or horizontal bands of tile, based on which grout line you make thicker. In this project, we are creating horizontal bands of tile.

Step 2: Set Spacers and Install Tile

Set 1/4” spacers at the base of the wall and lay the porcelain tile on the spacers horizontally along the wall, pushing the tile firmly into the thinset. Continue laying tile from left to right, creating almost credit-card-thin vertical grout joints.

Step 3: Apply Tile to Create Banding Effect

Next, set 1/4” spacers on top of the first row, and lay the next row of tile the same as the first (Image 1). Continue tiling from left to right, creating tight grout joints (Image 2). As you work your way up rows, you will notice the banding effect the 1/4” spacers make with the long tiles. Because tile is 24” long, occasionally check that the rows are level as you tile.

Step 4: Apply Grout

Once tile is set and dry, spread grout in the joints with a grout float (Image 1). With a wet sponge, wipe off excess grout from tile before it dries (Image 2).

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