How to select Tile

Many people have pictures of a dream bathroom or kitchen, and all the details are complete. Others have no idea what they want, and most are right in the middle. Most people have an idea of how they want their new room to feel: that is the best way for me to help you decorate. How do you want this room to feel when you walk into it? Most people are into a relaxing spa-like feel. That can be accomplished with neutral colors with a little movement or shading in it. The more neutral it is, the softer it can be. Then you get your color by little accents- either in tile accents or in towels or rugs or– as in a kitchen—dishware and accent pictures.

Neutral does NOT mean just beige. There are creams and grays and tans and soft greens and soft blue-grays. Keep all the colors flowing: some can be bolder and some lighter and still maintain a neutral tone. Shopping in a tile store can be overwhelming for many people. I love to take samples to our customers after I find out what they are thinking of; or I can go with you and sort out what can be used in the application or not: for example, most glass tiles cannot be used on a floor.

Tile sizes can vary, but usually the best is a larger tile for a floor. Eighteen by eighteen inches is a great size for a floor. Twelve inch tiles can look dated- from the 90’s. Floor tiles in porcelain can start at $2+ a square foot and go up to an average of $7 a foot or more. If you like a retro look, then the 3×6 subway wall tiles can be your thing. Remember that the smaller the tile, usually the more costly it is to install and to purchase. Think of a range of $6 -$15 or so a square foot (some may be about $3 a foot but may be ceramic.) In a shower floor, the tiles should be no larger than 2” x 2” or 3” x 3”, since the floor has to pitch toward the drain. And don’t forget bullnose, the tiles that cap the edges of the shower and tubs. They are always the more expensive tile for the walls but give the finished look that is essential. There is a lot of thought that goes in to planning the tile. But it makes for an awesome result!

One Response to “How to select Tile”

  1. John December 6, 2013 at 7:42 PM #

    That stuff about colors with the neutral and the accents is interesting.