How to choose right kind and color of floor tile?

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  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Jan 16, 2019

    Lou, I went to Home Depot and they gave me samples that I brought home. I kept them for a couple of days until I zoned in on just what I wanted. It worked out great.

  • Dfm Dfm on Jan 16, 2019

    As to color of floor...I like neutrals, boring beige works for me. It lets me bring in color with rugs. Your tile dealer shoul let you take a tile sample with you..pick at least 3 types to audition, remember most tile needs grout, and it also comes in many colors.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 16, 2019

    Hi Lou. I'm Cindy. I recommend going with a neutral on the floor tiles. If you ever want to change your decor, it's way easier to replace furniture, fabrics, art, lighting, etc. than it is to put a new floor down. Good luck Lou.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 16, 2019

    Porcelain tile is generally harder wearing than ceramic floor tiles, but look for a level IV or V (tile has a wear rating of grades I through V, with V being the top rating) for commercial grade durability.

    Whatever color you choose should blend with existing hardwoods in your home at transitions points. Patterns can be placed to make the room look longer or wider.

    Larger tiles have fewer grout lines. There are now available tiles that resemble wood.

    For a bathroom floor, smaller tiles with more grout lines are recommended because there is less liklihood of falling.

    In kitchens, tiles can be hard to stand on for long periods of time, and dropped items can crack the tiles.

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    • Oliva Oliva on Jan 17, 2019

      Hi, Lou, you are most welcome! Good luck with your project. Take your time in making your selection., even if it means visiting a number of suppliers. You should research installers if you choose to have someone install for you. You want to thoroughly check references, in person, if possible. Look at grout options, to make your maintenance easier. I've had great success with Bostick products.

      Your tile should last you many, many years!