I’m gearing up for a few big projects and one of my favorite parts is picking tile, floors and counters. There are so many choices, sometimes I find my head spinning too! Here is a general idea of how I make decisions and pull the house together.
I like to start with the main living floors whether it’s hardwood or laminate. I do that first and bring my sample with me while I tile shop.
Here is a grouping of my picks from the #ironhorsefarmhouse meeting. You can see I laid the White Oak flooring down and piled everything else on top.
Next, I decide on countertops. Usually there will be several different kinds throughout the house but I pick one or two that will primarily be used. It’s often a white quartz and a dark gray/concrete quartz!
Here are some selections for my #laquestadeux new build. Her countertops are Zimbabwe black quartz and we will do something similar to Pental Polished Carrara in the bathrooms.
For all other areas we aren’t using hardwood, it’s time to decide if larger tiles like a 12″x24″ porcelain tile, or a smaller mosaic or cement patterned tile will be used. It just depends where it’s going and what your budget is. I used a patterned cement tile floor in the #conwayflip and it turned out gorgeous!
Backsplashes are kind of like the icing on the cake for me. Even if my client decides to do a simple white subway, we can lay it in a unique way or add a pretty mosaic behind the range to dress it up. This is where I usually get my clients to splurge a bit. There are so many pretty marble mosaics and hand made tiles out there! A little goes a long way and makes a statement without breaking the bank.
I love when tile tells a story. The above selections flow nicely and you really get a feel for the house overall. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed but when you focus on one thing at a time, it should make all the decisions more manageable. Hope this helped!