I've had this debate for almost 2 decades and I've weighed the pros and cons of tile a million times. I finally had had enough and asked k-ster if he thought he'd have time to do it over April vacation and when he said yes, I hopped right on it.
In case you didn't read my last post, the recap is that I tried going to a tile specialty store and immediately ran away and when to The Home Depot because they had fewer choices and no one who would be breathing down my next as I made my decision. I don't like too many choices when trying to pick out anything, but when I saw the vast assortment at the tile store, I completely lost my mind and had to go away. Far away.
The Home Depot had exactly what I wanted. They had samples of the tiles and their grout and when I found two I liked, I was able to by just one tile of each to bring them home and try them out.
We both liked the one we ended up with, pretty much right away. It's a lot warmer looking than the other.
And now, for the big reveal:
It has a pattern, but not too much of a specific pattern, so they could be randomly placed. I like the way he staggered the tiles. I hadn't even thought of that!
This is how the tile gets cut. It wasn't the warmest weather when it came time for cutting, and you have to use water for the tile saw to keep the blade cool. He wasn't too thrilled with the cold hands! And, you have to keep running in and out to cut them and place them!
He hasn't sealed the grout yet and the quarter round still need to be installed along the edge, but we're back in business. I really didn't like being without a kitchen, especially because something about washing dishes in the bathroom sink really grosses me out.
The color really brightens up the room and makes it look slightly bigger.
For now, I'm sweeping it almost every night. I might even see about getting the swiffer that is motorized. My vacuum just seems like it will be deadly on that floor.