|My starting point ...|
I had planned on using ceramic tile and making some sort of mosaic out of odds and ends. However, when I went to Color Tile earlier this week, the ceramic tile they had in stock was almost all beige. Beige is not my thing ... after years of white and off-white in apartments, I want to use colors in my home. I wandered through the corners though and found some great stone pieces to work with. There were even a few triangle pieces already cut that would help in the odd corners of my mat. The price was right too at $2 per 12" square since I was shopping through their remainders.
|Deciding how to lay out the tiles|
I didn't have a specific pattern as I worked, but just worked things in. One of the pieces I bought was much larger than the rest. I had originally planned to center it under the stove, so it wouldn't be so hard to reach under and lay in smaller pieces, but I liked it so much that I kept sliding it around to see it. One of the styles that had smaller pieces was hard to take apart, so I ended up using many of the same size squares.
|Already in use|