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eleneripenneth said: Good luck in tile hell! (There’s no bitterness there after our bathroom remodel, no…)

LOL, do you have a particularly bad experience I should learn from?


And it is…. NEVER go tile shopping with a husband who’s an engineer, who neither makes decisions quickly, is prone to sticker shock more than I am (which is a LOT), and who isn’t particularly adventurous past the beige realm.

Eight years later, and I still weep going past tile stores…. ;)

Considering we’re talking about an industry that already caters to ‘any color as long as it’s beige"… ugh. I feel your pain. I’m actually in that exact stage of tile hunting right now. “Pick something that you’ll live with for ten years or more, no pressure!”

I want something with mixed browns and grays, like some slate, but in ceramic or porcelain and a smoothish finish (art studio, here – I need cleanable!). I had no idea brownish and grayish was such a huge scary leap from the Land of Beige, but the flooring industry apparently thinks so, and thus doesn’t provide many options.

I got mail-order samples from one place and I LOVE one of them, but it’s a 12 inch square sample of a high variation tile, so I have basically zero idea of what it would look like on a 190 sq ft floor.


Never get cheap tile. The first time I tiled I used nice tile, but it was the first time I’d tiled… it came out pretty good (and I made tetris patterns in the kitchen tiling, which was awesome). The second time I tiled I used cheap tile from B&Q, I think. White, square, ceramic tile.

Only having talked to a tiler, part of the reason it was such a spectacular mare of a job was because cheap tiles are cut / made to much wider tolerances, which means it’s really hard to get a decent looking finish.

One thing I found that’s really odd to me, in the UK you can get natural tile (our kitchen is tiled with Travertine which was wayy cheaper than buying anything but the most grotty ceramic tile and looked way nicer. Our last house we did in slate, which again, was cheaper than ceramic. When I was last in the States, Kathryn’s mom was looking at tile – and all the natural stone stuff seemed way more pricey than ceramic which was confusing (and distressing to me, for future planning). Anyhow, the reason I mention this, is that cheaper natural stone tends to have quite a lot of variation in thickness, and it’s pretty hard to lay really, really flat*. So if you want a really, really flat floor that might not be ideal for you. Or you might be way better at laying tile than me / my builder (or have way more patience). 

On the other hand natural tile looks lush.

* Our kitchen floor isn’t bad, but I took quite a long time over it. Our last house, the builders got a pro-tiler in to do it, and it was more uneven than this one.