Is it appropriate to have the band (hexagon tile) butting up?

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Is it appropriate to have the band ( hexagon tile butting up to the field ( floor and wall) without a pencil tile bordering it? See more questions and info below.
The pencil is pricey, what can be done?
q is it appropriate to have the band hexagon tile butting up to the f
My contractor says that I don't need a pencil tile between the cream color tile on the bottom ( ignore the small tile) and the horizontal hexagon tile. I'm thinking that the uneven grout line will be an eye sore . ( the grout will be a cream tone to bring out the beige tone in the hexagon and the cream ton in the floor and wall tile -I.E--big beige tile ( 12 by 24) tiles
The hexagon tile will be a six inch band which will be the height- just below shower head
q is it appropriate to have the band hexagon tile butting up to the f
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  • I love the hex tile and once it is installed it will look fantastic. No one but you will even notice the grout line. If you think the grout line will really bug you, spring for the pencil tile, as you have to look at it every time you are in that room for years to come - you should be happy and "not settle" - that is my vote.

  • Rhoda Rhoda on Dec 12, 2017
    Beautiful tile! I wouldn't have noticed the grout line if you hadn't mentioned it. I agree though, do what aesthetically pleases you!

  • William William on Dec 12, 2017
    I agree with Naomie. It's a personal and budget choice. If installed properly the grout line should be straight and not uneven. In the photo there is no grout line so it doesn't look right. A pencil tile would make it more visually appealing but could also detract from the large tile. I have installed border tile with and without pencil tile and both did look fine.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Dec 13, 2017
    Normally the accent tile is cut (on a tile saw) to be a straight line before installing.. it is done to any shaped tile: penny tile, true octagon, lantern, oval.... any of them..... they do not come pre cut because you need to be able to fit them together for a continuous pattern

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    • 27524803 27524803 on Dec 13, 2017
      Take the sheet of fancy tile and use a tile saw cut it where it will meet a straight line... like where it will meet the counter top, bottom of a cabinet, along window trim, or will meet other straight edged tile. On the tile pictured... it should probably be cut down the center of the octagon, either horizontally or vertically.. to make the pattern look balanced or even when the entire back splash has been installed.

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 13, 2017
    I agree, even if you put down a pencil tile, you will still have the same grout line and I think it would be more distracting than just plain grout.