Slate tile wall and mismatched tile. What to do?!

This room turned me off when we looked at the house we are about to move into. I don't know what to do with this slate wall! On the left is a large window. I was thinking about removing the slate wall and putting up new drywall. This is the focal wall in the room. We want to put the entertainment system against that wall. Any suggestions?? Thank you!
q mismatche slate tile wall and tile floor, home improvement, tile flooring, tiling, wall decor
q mismatche slate tile wall and tile floor, home improvement, tile flooring, tiling, wall decor
  19 answers
  • Shari Shari on Jul 06, 2015
    If you don't like it and have the time and budget to remove it and put up new drywall now, I say DO IT! I agree, it is an eyesore and needs to go. Since it will be a messy job, it will be a lot easier to tackle it pre-move-in, or soon after rather than waiting until you are all settled in and your entertainment pieces are all hooked up and in place. Another solution would be to apply a textured wallpaper like grasscloth or beadboard wallpaper to that wall.
  • Kcallen2004 Kcallen2004 on Jul 06, 2015
    Thank you for agreeing that it looks ugly. I thought about covering it up but it will be a pain to get anything like pictures or what not into. It's gotta go!!
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jul 06, 2015
    Agree. Looks like it is more suitable for a floor. Maybe you could salvage enough to do an entry way or such.
  • Sem1844519 Sem1844519 on Jul 06, 2015
    What about adding a few same kind of dark tiles on floor? smaller accent darks or light tiles on wal/floor, or evan exchange some for mirrors ? the wall is awesome , just too heavy, yet strong. or add a wood or weaved rug on floor ? put a murial on the wall using tiles,
  • Karen Karen on Jul 06, 2015
    I think that once you add a carpet, furniture, the entertainment center, etc. the wall will not stand out so much. Although it is dark and rather overwhelming for an entire wall, I actually like it better than the floor tiles, which is why my first thought was to get a nice big area rug with hues that would tie in with the nicer tones you see in the slate. My husband was in the Navy for 24 years and we lived in Navy housing quite a bit, so I've had my share of ugly floors, walls (olive green stripes in the bathroom in Kittery, ME) and bright orange countertops (also in Kittery, ME) LOL. I strongly dislike orange, so I bought blue towels, dish drainer, everything - complimentary color - it kind of made the orange fade into the background. I hope this helps. Congratulations on your new home, be thankful for what you have, don't break the bank for something that isn't an absolute necessity... :) Try not to stress and do it when you can. - Older and wiser and always on a budget.
  • Fab and Pretty Fab and Pretty on Jul 06, 2015
    If you don't like it now, you likely never will. Get out the sledge hammer!
    • Shari Shari on Jul 06, 2015
      @Fab and Pretty Great point! And life is way too short to live with or just tolerate things you don't love.
  • Kcallen2004 Kcallen2004 on Jul 06, 2015 you've got me thinking about waiting. We get the house tomorrow night and all the large furniture will be in on Friday. Not much time to get the job done. I will be sure to post pictures. : )
  • I will admit it, I am a goober who loves dark colors and I rather like the slate (more than the floor). BUT I also agree with @Karen once you put in the rest of your stuff, it may not be near as noticeable.
  • Johnathan Bing Johnathan Bing on Jul 06, 2015
    darker hued things on the floor that compliment the wall, lighter hues on the walls to comp the floor and plenty of good lamps should even out everything.
  • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Jul 06, 2015
    If you get all your furniture in there and still don't like, you can always paint it out to a color that will tie in with the rest of your room and make that wall not so noticeable. May be a simpler solution compared to tearing it out and having to replace drywall. Slate usually takes paint well.
  • this kind of slate color is not well . how do you think of other color slate?
    • Kcallen2004 Kcallen2004 on Jul 07, 2015
      I love the slate that you suggested. It looks do much better on the wall but I don't think I want to replace it all. In the end, I think the floor and thecwall just don't match. I was trying to make the cheapest and easiest choice.
  • PainterNoni PainterNoni on Jul 07, 2015
    I personally love the many ways to make it dramatic. I would change the floor, and probably the paint color. Since the slate is so natural and earthy, I would think some kind of natural wood or depends upon the style of your furnishings.
  • BootzB BootzB on Jul 07, 2015
    Not really knowing your style... country or contemporary, for example, it is tough to suggest a solution. Is the entertainment system a large piece(s) of furniture? As others have said it may cover up enough of the slate, you could add artwork matted in light color to 'lift the darkness'. The 'mis-match' could be corrected with an area rug, pulling in the darker tones. I love the slate and could make it work, but I understand not liking an element so dominant in the room! My first inclination before the expense of removal would be to get my furniture in place, then see how much I 'hated' it! You may have the expense of removal or the expense of making it work! How's your budget?
    • Kcallen2004 Kcallen2004 on Jul 07, 2015
      @BootzB I added another picture which should give an idea of my style. This couch will actually be going into this room and the colour is actually found in the slate.
  • Kcallen2004 Kcallen2004 on Jul 07, 2015
    I really appreciate you suggestions and feedback!! I have decided to leave the wall and I agree that with an area rug and some furniture would make the contrast of wall to floor last drastic. I can't wait to post a picture of what it looks like once we get settled. Thanks again!!
  • Michele Felmingham Michele Felmingham on Jul 18, 2015
    I would just use a dark grout, probably dark grey on the floor tiles. This will tie walls and floor together and the eye won't be drawn to the wall so much.
    • Kcallen2004 Kcallen2004 on Aug 04, 2015
      @Michele Felmingham The wall has actually grown on me now that the room has some furniture in it. I think it will be really warm and cozy once we lay a rug down.
  • Kcallen2004 Kcallen2004 on Aug 04, 2015
    Here is an updated picture. I am planning on hanging staggered shelves on the slate wall and I have a big picture that I need to hang over the couch. Later, I will put down a rug that will pick up on the dark brown and green tones but not be too dark over all.
  • Gladys Gladys on Mar 16, 2016
    Keep both! Maybe add a charcoal or charcoal-based area rug to tie them together.
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Aug 20, 2016
    Well since you already have a focal point in fireplace that wall isn't needed. Ask yourself which tile you like best if it's the floor then I would have tile removed and drywall put up but sell tile on line it beautiful to me and I imagine someone would pay for it. If it's the wall ,since you appear to have a lot of light have floor tile removed and go with stained concrete, since slate is of so many colors,or dark wood stained floor since the slate wall is the focal point. The fire place doesn't appear to be stuck to wall, if that's the case and you keep wall I would put it over on that wall so that you only have one focal point and it looks like you had it done for that reason. Hope it helps.
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Aug 20, 2016
    Question, where did you get that chair, I love it?