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Rachel,
I have a small kitchen and would like to make it seem larger. One tile contractor told me to install 12x12" tiles (or smaller), but another told me to use 16x16" tiles (or larger) to make the room seem bigger. Do you know which is correct?

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Dear Bryan,
I would definently say that larger tile will make the room feel larger. It is not only the way to go but there is also less grout. Here are some links and info that will tell you as well. Good Luck.

Can tile make a small room look larger?
Yes, larger tiles give a cleaner look and can actually make a small area look larger. Depending on the room's size, a 12 inch or 13 inch tile will create the illusion of a larger room.
http://www.acleanlook.com/services/ceramics_tile_work.htm

Larger tiles make the room feel more open and expansive. Large tiles on the floor and large tiles on the wall do just that. Besides, large tiles mean less grout to have to maintain. And who wouldn't welcome less grout on their floor?
http://www.utahparadeofhomes.com/slc_2000/articles3.htm

A large tile will produce less grids opening up the area and at the same time provide less maintenance when it comes to the grout issue.
http://www.tileandstonetips.com/tileDesign.cfm

Rachel Mallon
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