choosing the right tile.

tips for choosing the right tile for your home.

A few weeks ago, I shared the little excitement going on in our corner of the world: we are re-engaging the build process! When we went through the motions last spring, it felt very real. However, we've learned this spring we only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the decisions to be made. I find the process extremely exciting but daunting at the same time. {cv} and I are aiming for the most timeless look our dollars can afford. It is proving to be quite the hunt!

tips for choosing the right tile for your home.

While we haven't chosen the exact tile we plan to use, {cv} and I did make the rounds of a few tile stores over the weekend. We noticed some common--and pricey--themes with the tile we liked. We definitely need to do some digging to find options which look like what we love but have a smaller pricetag. We have repeatedly heard that it is worthwhile to invest in tile for your master bath and kitchen. Other rooms like the kids' bathroom {no, we don't have those yet--just in preparation!} and the laundry don't require the same investment. We can always "upgrade" in the future, but we are trying our best to choose something which wouldn't require us to have builders back in our home three years down the line.

For all you homeowners out there, what tips would you give on choosing the right tile for your space? Which rooms (in your opinion) deserve the investment of nicer tile? Whether you built or bought your home, your advice and expertise are very much appreciated! xoxo {av}

5 comments:

  1. We ended up going with a classic meram carrara marble subway tile for our kitchen backsplash (http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com/2014/02/kitchen-renovation-backsplash.html). My hubs actually picked it out. Originally I wanted to go with a hexagon marble tile or a herringbone pattern, but he won me over by picking a classic tile in a classic pattern. It was expensive, but we were able to get it on sale from The Tile Shop during their end of the year sale.

    We don't plan on putting in expensive tile in all of our bathrooms, but we really did splurge on our kitchen. We reconfigured our kitchen to be the proverbial center of the house so we went more high-end with the finishes in there. I look at it as its the room in our house every single person who ever comes into our house will inevitably find there way in there - the same can't be said for our upstairs bathrooms!

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  2. If there are places you want to put the tile on the floor… splurge there. Because you aren't going to want to rip up flooring in five years (or ever) to "upgrade." But things like backslashes or fireplace surrounds can be added later very easily as you have the cash to make upgrades. Both of the floor tile selections in recent bath renos were my top picks… but none of those baths have wall tile (yet!) - maybe someday they will when we decide to upgrade but in the meantime we really love the floors in those spaces.

    ps, that chevron marble backsplash above is GORGEOUS! I'm drooling...

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  3. I work for a custom home builder and I always tell our clients to focus on the master and kitchen. Also, white subway tile is your best friend. It is timeless and affordable!

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  4. Love that backsplash! I would definitely recommend taking the backsplash up to the cabinets for easy cleaning. And try to avoid grout for the countertops in the bathrooms (and kitchen!). They're so hard to keep clean.

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  5. No one sees your master but you... So I would splurge in the kitchen. Everyone congregates there. I think white subway tile in the master would be pretty and save some cost so you could get the marble you want for the kitchen. Gray grout is the way to go. It's amazing how quickly white grout gets yucky.

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