Deciding on the Listel Placement

First of all a “listel”, sometimes called “listello”, is a narrow filet or border and in this case it will be made from contrasting tile.

Conservatory bathroom tile white-on-white floor basketweave with glass Snow Frost subway on the walls.
Conservatory bathroom tile white-on-white floor basketweave with glass Snow Frost subway on the walls.

Our conservatory bathroom will primarily have white floor tile and frosted white wall tile.

The border will be created from four rows of frosted penny tile.
The border will be created from 3 or 4 rows of frosted penny tile.

We bought a variegated frosted glass penny tile to give some visual variety to the shower walls.

This is the conservatory bathroom. Sink will be on the left and the kneewall separates the shower which will eventually be enclosed in clear glass.
This is the conservatory bathroom. Sink will be on the left and the kneewall separates the shower which will eventually be enclosed in clear glass.

Although the tiles are 12″ by 12″ we have decided to use 4-row sections to run a line around the shower and also as a backsplash after the sink and vanity are installed.

The bare shot from the bathroom doorway I used to mock up the tile placement.
The bare shot from the bathroom doorway I used to mock up the tile placement.

I have mocked up 2 possible placements.

If we end up using the penny tile over the sink the decorative lines will be on two different planes.
If we end up using the penny tile over the sink the decorative lines will be on two different planes.

First I thought of placing the listel under the shower head but bisecting the round window that is in the shower.

This line of tile will run under the shower control trim and meet up with the backsplash over the sink.
This line of tile will run under the shower control trim and meet up with the backsplash over the sink.

Then for the sake of continuity I ran one continuous line around the backsplash and the shower.  The placement is more like a chair rail height.

The sample bathroom at the Tile Shop which has frosted glass tile like we've chosen, put the listel just under the showerhead.
The sample bathroom at the Tile Shop which has frosted glass tile like we’ve chosen, put the listel just under the showerhead.

Any preferences? Any other suggestions?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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