Choosing floor tile with color or range

242125058_f65086f673_mIn case you haven’t noticed, the posts this week are all about making flooring selections that are not the standard, plain jane selections. Earlier in the week we posted on different hardwood widths and patterned carpet. Today, we are talking about tile and stone that is something other than beige/neutral.

This topic is particularly important because tile and stone are products that are very rarely replaced in the life of a home because they are so durable. The objection I hear the most to tile with pattern, color or range is that it DOES last so long and there is a fear of growing tired of the product. My thoughts are that you will grow tired of a “beige” or “safe” choice far more quickly than a choice with some punch!

Here are some things to keep in mind about tile with pattern, color or range:

  • Dirt is much easier to hide. For example, if you have dark hair and beige tile in the bathroom you will see every piece of dark hair on the floor. This makes cleaning maintenance more frequent and more of a headache.
  • The floor appears to have more depth. When there are a variety of colors in a floor the floors appears to have more depth and richness.
  • It gives you options to pull colors for your color scheme. The more colors and range of colors there are the more choices you have to paint, use fabrics and choose artwork.
  • With the right grout color, the floor can seem more uniform and less grid-like. When the floor is uniform in color the only thing left to look at is the lines in the tile.

Tile with pattern, color651951622_1eeb5f8042_m or range can give life to a floor and to a room. These choices make a room much more versatile and acceptable of change in the long run. One thing to be cautious of is resale. You should consider the next purchaser of your home if you don’t plan to keep the home for a long period of time. Another school of thought here is that you are installing floors for you and your family and if the next person doesn’t care for it – they can change it!

The point here is, don’t be shy when it comes to choosing a floor with color. When shopping, it is best to view several samples of the same color tile to get an idea of what more of the floor will look like as well as the range of color change.  It is also best to lay the tiles on the floor and walk several feet back from the samples. Many people examine the colors in the tile only a few inches from their face. This isn’t how you will see the tile everyday! Looking at the tiles this way can give you a false sense of what the floor will actually look like because the tiles are designed to be seen at a distance.

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Natural Beauty of Slate

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This image is of a beautiful slate floor. The purpose of sharing this floor with you is to show you the natural beauty and range of color in natural stone. Slate happens to be one of the best examples of a large range of color.

When shopping for slate, some retailers might show you one piece of tile. It is very important to ask to see more samples so that you will know what kind of range of color to expect. If you see only one tile, you might think that your whole floor will be that one color instead of the myriad of colors that are characteristic of a slate floor.

Even though this floor has a lot of different colors, you may hear that slate floors are neutral colored floors. This is because there are so many colors in the floor that it goes with everything! One great feature about these floors and floors with a lot of range of color are that they hide dirt and traffic really well!

Not all slates have this much range of color – some are more uniform in color.

Also note the grout color: since there are so many colors in the floor a neutral gray grout was chosen. For more tips on choosing a grout color, click here.