There were a few homes that I had recently toured which inspired me to write about some common mistakes home builders make about flooring. I do believe today we have many great choices of flooring to use. But before you buy flooring for your project, see if you are able to layout a sample pattern in the location you are planning to install. Visually you can tell if the tile and the pattern you chose would work for your space. If it’s too costly to buy samples, then look at different tile showrooms to see if there are installed samples of flooring displayed. It makes a huge difference when you have a 4’x4’ sample on the floor displayed than starring at one single tile. Take advantage of the larger showrooms that have artistically displayed tile samples for customers to view.
For example, we toured a house that had a minimalistic interior style. They had 16”x36” solid grey tile through out the house. Then when it came to the bedrooms, they changed the tile to 6” wide porcelain wood tile with a beautiful grain look. All of a sudden, we went from a minimalistic style to a very busy style that didn’t match the rest of the house. It is easy to fall in love with one tile, but you have to see the tile in a bigger picture. Another example that didn’t work was a shower lined with elegant green onyx. Green onyx is a beautiful, moss green stone with golden vein pattern. These onyx tiles were 12”x12” and lined the whole shower walls. I agree that onyx is absolutely a beautiful natural stone, but on a whole wall it becomes too busy, unless you have a very large panel of onyx or slab, or you limit the usage of the stone so it would not overpower your project. In conclusion, before installing tiles, sample it, approve it, and then install it.
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