Picking tile was another adventure. Diana wanted something interesting, Kent wanted something that wasn't too busy. Neither wanted something overly trendy. Everyone wanted neutral.
And, if you started reading and are wondering who in world are Kent and Diana, read Kitchen crashing parts 1, 2, and 3. Okay? Y'all with me? Good.
It just seems best to be classic and neutral with cabinets, counters and floors since they are big expenses. Tile isn't something you will want to change often so it needs to be something you want to stick with.
We both started out loving this tile:
Gorgeous! But Mr. Practical pointed out that the bevels would be a pain to keep clean. We also found the white finish to be kind of bright in person, too stark in the sample tile.
We salivated over this:
but didn't even think it would be in the realm of affordable.
Diana also picked up tile from local home improvement store. For awhile they were seriously leaning toward a traditional subway tile. And Kent like the idea of stainless steel.
It was kind of cool, but I think we were all a bit worried about how great it would be en masse. It might be a bit too shiny. And too trendy.
So, we looked at stuff like this:
A nice blend of glass and stone in whites and grays.
And this is basically the same but with the addition of stainless steel for Kent.
This was one of my favorites, but neither Kent or Diana were big on the little tiles, and Kent is not big on "busy" (meaning random sizes and colors) at all. It's not my kitchen, so they get to veto me. :) I'll admit as much as I think something like this will be okay over time, it is a bit trendy.
So,after so much searching and debating, Diana went forth and ordered the tile we both really liked:
It's interesting, neutral colored, the lantern shape but no bevels and not overly busy. It's also a traditional shape so even though it's not common, it's also not overly trendy. We have a winner!
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