When it really came down to it the pictures I was constantly drawn to were white marble tile, but marble is a hard choice for a few reasons. One, it can be a lot of upkeep, two, it costs a lot of money, especially once you start getting into Calcutta gold (my favorite!) and the fun different patterns, and three, I worried that white throughout the entire house would be too boring.
Well, I'm happy to say I've finally committed to tile for the entire house and I couldn't be happier with my decisions! I worked hard to source the marble I bought and found it for an incredible deal on ebay, so I was able to stay mostly in budget while still getting what I want. And I am really excited to add punches of color to each bathroom through painting the vanities different colors and with textiles.
White ceramic hexagon tile
$4.95 per sq ft.
This will go in the kid's bathroom,
the apartment bathroom &
the apartment laundry room
White Carrera marble basketweave
with Gray accent
$9.99 per sq ft
Main floor laundry room
1" White Carrera marble hexagon
$8.59 per sq ft
Main floor 1/2 bath
These last two marble tiles can easily run $16.99 a square foot,
so these are incredible prices!
This bathroom is exactly the look I'm going for. Totally classic white subway up the walls and a white hexagon penny tile on the floor. This will be the tile for kid's bathroom upstairs and for the apartment bathroom and laundry room.
This is my inspiration picture for our master bathroom, except we'll have white subway tile in the shower and the white marble everywhere else.
It's incredible what just adding white subway tile can do to make a bathroom feel professional and custom. I am also a big fan of using a contrasting grout color.
I realized with tile, just like I did with the exterior of our home, that going with what I really want is a gutsy move but I would regret it if I did anything else. I also try to err on the side of classic and simple and I don't think you can get any more classic than subway, penny tile and marble.
And for an update, we are almost finished with exterior siding and tile has already begun. Next will be wood floors, finish work, cabinets and painting! We are about 6 weeks from completion.
**Let me also just say that I feel a little silly having an entire post about tile for our new house. I know there are so many other, more important issues going on in our country which is why it's so nice to just think about something that doesn't really matter. Thanks for indulging me for a bit while I plan our future home!