I like to think of myself as a fairly decisive person, especially when it comes to design. I know what I like and don’t like and I go from there. But choosing the tile for our three and a half bathrooms and one kitchen is proving to be my Achilles heel. I like so many tiles and patterns that I’m finding it difficult to narrow down my choices. Should I do ceramic? Should I do porcelain? Should I do stone? Should I do glass? Too many choices. As a result when I go to sleep at night, I feel like I’m playing a game of Tetris with tile, trying to figure out which patterns go together.
My first preference is for natural stone. I love it’s timelessness, but I don’t love the maintenance required, plus it is the most costly of the materials.
via Andrika King
I think ceramic tile can be really gorgeous and I love how many different types of tiles are available from standard field tiles, to trim tiles. Plus when done right, the richness of the glaze can be truly breathtaking.
via Bonnie Tsang
I also like porcelain and glass tile. I especially like their durability (an important consideration with two growing boys). The applications can be really stunning, although they often tend to have a more modern feel.
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If price were no object I’d happily pick up all my tiles at Ann Sacks, or Waterworks, or Walker Zanger, or even Heath Ceramics since ours is a mid-century home. But alas, budget rules, so during my mental tile Tetris, I’m trying to come up with an interesting pattern, while also trying to strike the right balance between high and low materials.
Here are some gorgeous tiles that I am lusting after:
1. Walker Zanger – Marquis Pattern Octagon Field
2. Waterworks – Signet parquet solid mosaic
3. Ann Sacks – large herringbone mosaic in Carrara marble
4. Heath Ceramics – ceramic half hex stack
So far, I have visited seven, yes seven, tile showrooms/warehouses and countless online tile retailers to compare prices, designs, etc and have collected a ton of tile samples to aid my indecision. Below is the current state of affairs, which is very illustrative of how my head feels about my tile choices.
like LOVE to know your thoughts, experiences, preferences on tile.