Why is choosing new tile so difficult?

So I haven’t posted anything about the bathroom remodel in weeks. No, it’s not done.  Surprised?  I work retail (online store) and the hubby is a public servant (fire fighter) with a second job, so the remodel keeps getting put behind everyday needs.  That doesn’t mean I don’t walk in there every now and then and dream about the day it will be finished and second guess our choices.   Is the paint right, should we pull out the shower surround, and most importantly, what tile should we put on the floor.

When my husband and I started dating, 30 years ago, I knew within the first few days that I was going to marry the man…so explain to me why I’ve put down, rearranged, and yanked up so many different choices of tile. We finally settled on two – one very light and the other very dark.  Still, narrowed down to two choices, they lay on the floor taunting me….”make a choice….seriously….any day now…”  Yea, it’s getting to me.

Bathroom Tile Choices - How to make the best tile choice for your roomWhatever we decide on we’ll have to look at for the next 20 years or so (at our age, 20 years is the rest of our life) so we’d better like it. When we ripped out all of the carpet in the house and changed it to laminate wood veneers, we loved it.  Now years later, we wonder why we picked the pattern with the knotholes.  What were we thinking?  Unfortunately, we bought the top of the line Pergo so it looks as good today as it did on the day we installed it, so we’re going to have to live with it quite a bit longer.  I guess you could say we’re a little gun shy about making another floor snafu.

We went to Home Depot to check out floor displays, mostly so I could show my husband the difference between the diamond pattern layout and the square. After showing them to him he agreed with me that 12-14″ tiles in a diamond pattern would look best in our tiny bathroom.  Anything larger would result in too few tiles which would look strange.  He preferred  larger tiles which means less grout to get gross. When picking tile we also considered durability, wearablility, pattern, and color. We didn’t end up picking any of their tile and I’ve forgotten where this tile came from.  Probably McLendon’s Hardware, but I’m not positive.

Online Ceramic Tile Designer Planner Estimator

Online Ceramic Tile Designer/Planner/Estimator

I found the most amazing online tile estimator tool that helped us determine exactly how many tiles we needed, gave us an idea of how our pattern would look, showed us how many cuts we’d have to make, estimated the amount of grout and more. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to get it to work with our weirdly designed bathroom, and I wish I’d taken a screen shot of the results, but I forgot.  The tool is designed and hosted by The National Tile Contractors Association and is free to use.  You can find it here.  It allows you to put in the exact dimensions of your room, the size and depth of the tile, and then you can select from 2 pages worth of patterns.

How much grout do I need for my new tile?  Easy to figure out with this online tile estimator

Grout and other supplies are estimated for your as well!

So, what do you think? The walls are light, the cabinet light, and the counter right now faux marble but it will be changed out as part of the process.  What would you do?  Light or dark? Oh, and the hubby? Easy choice…I still adore him. Here’s hoping whatever tile we choose wears as well as he has 🙂


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