In 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, color 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.