Dry-fit tiles before adhering to determine the pattern (Image 1). Sheet tiles can be cut with a utility knife along the grout lines to match up to the inlay tiles (Image 2).
Once pattern is set, use a tape measure to center the design in the room.
Mark corners with a pencil then pick all the tiles back up. Snap chalk lines from corner to corner to make a box for the field tile.
Mix thinset to a peanut butter consistency (Image 1). Allow it to rest for about 10 minutes. Spread thinset in area using a 1/4 x 1/4 square notch trowel (Image 2), then begin to set tiles (Image 3).
Backbutter the border or inlay tiles using a margin trowel and set them in place.
Use a wet saw to cut the field tiles against the wall to size (Image 1). To make small cuts, such as cuts to go around a radiator, use a tile nipper (Image 2).
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