Tile Floors That Show Less Dirt
Clients who know us well know that we always ask about pets during the initial consultation. Even during a virtual design, we like to know all about the pets. Type, size, and color. Why do we want to know the color of a pet? And what in the world has this got to do with floor tile?
Choose Your Floor Tile Based On Your Pet’s Hair Color
No we are not kidding. Personally, for years this has been a guideline for our homes. White cat, white rugs. Gray cat, gray tile. One of our dogs was a sandy colored Cocker. The perfect dog hair color for so many flooring options. Alas, she was a terrible dog and for the last 17 years we’ve had a perfect Border Collie with one exception…the hair! Black dog, dark floors.
Sorry, got off on a tangent. The task at hand is assisting a client to choose tile for her covered lanai area. (I had no idea what a lanai was until we became Floridians. It’s just a fancy name for a covered patio.)
So today we will talk about a few guidelines we recommend our clients consider when choosing an outdoor tile. No matter what we suggest, there is one motivator that tops all. DIRT. We all want a tile that looks like we just cleaned it when we have not touched it for
Ceramic Tile On The Floor Is Slippery
Look back up at the beautiful large, dusty gray tile in the lead photo today. While this may, or may not be concrete, it is a look that so many of our clients drag out about 10 photos to show us when they are considering tile flooring.
They also show us a link to Lowe’s for this large, 18×18, tile that has the word concrete in its name. They disregard the other word, ceramic, because this tile is much less than porcelain tile which is more suited for outdoors. While some porcelain tile can be slippery as well, it’s a given ceramics will be. Ceramic tile is wonderful for walls, keep looking for outdoor floors.
Pattern In A Floor Tile Design Hides Dirt
Oh there is nothing like a good pattern to be the dirty little chameleon we all love for easy maintenance. A simple light and dark checkerboard pattern is always a classic choice. This neutral design pattern can work with nearly every decor and is flexible with tile color and size choices. Below is an option available at Lowe’s. Tip: Always get an actual sample of each tile color. The names can be deceiving and when doing a checkerboard the sizes need to be the same.
Stony Floors With Lots Of Grip
Yes, a stone floor with similar coloring can be so attractive. Yet, real stone can be uneven and create a tripping vs slipping problem. Try a porcelain stone look tile. The one below, also available at Lowe’s, offers a lot of design and is about as slip resistant as you can get. Watch that color name again and get a sample. There is more gray and creamy ivory in this tile than white.
Smaller Tile Can Add Design And Need Less Maintenance
Smaller sized tile configured in interesting patterns can certainly help us to not notice the tiny bits of life that get carried in everyday. In some cases, smaller configurations can also be more slip resistant. Grout has sand in it (not for glass or marble tiles) and this will help reduce the smoother surfaces of the tile. The flip side, more grout to maintain. Choose a grout color that fits your lifestyle. White grout is not a no-no, it’s just a know how to keep it beautiful.
Subway Style Tile On The Floor
Follow the same guidelines for safety, maintenance and type of tile. Some wall tiles can also be installed on the floor in lower traffic areas. Talk with a knowledgeable tile source about your specific application. Look at the two great examples of using the rectangle subway style tiles.
Pebble Stone Flooring
Personally, I like this type of flooring and have it in our shower. A truly wet area is proof that the slight unevenness of a stone floor can be a good way to address a potentially slippery area. Stone comes in sheets that are fairly easy to install. The installation does require twice as much grout material as other tile. Some spas say this type of surface is good therapy for our feet. I admit it took a few days to get used to but now I do have to agree it’s like a mini foot massage with every shower. On a patio, or lanai, this could be a wonderful design feature.
Choose Your Grout Wisely For Tile Flooring
After you have decided the overall design goals for the tile floor, perhaps with one of our flat rate virtual design packages (shameless plug), there will be several options for the color of grout. Sometimes grout that looks like dirt is the best choice!
The Dirty Little Tile Floor Secret
Your tile floor is still going to get dirty but with the right design mum’s the word on how often you clean it!
Are You Getting Our Sundy Spy Post Each Week?
Each Sunday we take some etxra time to review a design that caught our attention during the week. Kristen and I alternate weeks and share what “We See With Our Designer Eye”. Don’t miss another week!