This post is sponsored by The Tile Shop. We’re sharing every last tile choice we’ve chosen for our Two Flat renovation, ranging from bathrooms to kitchens to laundry rooms (no small feat!).
Hands down, our most time consuming design decision to date has been choosing tile for each and every bathroom, kitchen and laundry room in the Two Flat. (That’s 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 laundry rooms, if you’re counting!) Needless to say, renovating a house from top to bottom is very different than renovating one room at a time. Being that we have always been planted firmly in the latter camp, we’ve had to stretch and flex our creative muscles harder than ever before! And when the time came to dive deep into the world of All the Tile, we had a choice to make:
Will the tile be the feature in the room? Or will it play a supporting role?
We couldn’t be more excited to partner with The Tile Shop to cover every angle – from shower surrounds to kitchen backsplashes to laundry room floors – and luckily, The Tile Shop has a solution for any design dilemma that may come your way. Marble or porcelain? Yes. Shower curbs? They’ve got those. Bullnose and pencil and skirting? They have that, too! In fact, the options are so wonderfully plentiful, that the hardest part will be narrowing down which direction you want to go. But with over 100 retail locations, a full online shopping experience and samples of any piece your heart desires, they’ve got you covered.
But back to the question at large: To be (a showstopper) or not to be (a showstopper)? Scott and I are both in agreement that less is more when it comes to design, but that’s not to say that you can’t have an element that makes you stop in your tracks. Whether that’s tile or wallpaper or a bold paint color, we think every room needs a touch of quirk! Above, you can see several samples we collected and tested in the Two Flat. We considered everything from deep greens to honed marble to geometric pattern, and over the course of many, many days (weeks?), we narrowed it down to the perfect mix of classic and quirk, we think.
Without Further Ado, Our Final Tile Selections!
I’ll break down each tile choice by room below, but I first want to mention that our main goal was to create a palette for the entire home. We stuck closely to a black and white palette, but we were sure to inject polished marble, blush and pattern!
Unit 1 | First Floor Bathroom
Unit 1’s first floor bathroom is the very definition of classic. Polished white subway tile on the walls will meet a marble basketweave floor, and we’ll be threading a black marble pencil throughout. Instead of the same millwork we’ve used in the rest of the home, we couldn’t resist a black marble skirting, which kicks everything up (at least) ten notches!
Oh, and did I mention this is the bathroom where we’ve salvaged the original pink tub and sink? Yup, we’ve decided that the tile will play a supporting role in this room, allowing our pink fixtures to really shine. Even still, I can’t resist a black pencil detail, so who wants to take bets that this will end up being my favorite room in the whole house?
Unit 1 first floor bath selections: Hampton Niles marble mosaic 12″ x 12″ | Imperial Bianco gloss subway 3″ x 6″ | Black Marquina polished marble skirting | Black Marquina pencil tile | Imperial Bianco Barnes (cap) | charcoal grout
Unit 1 | Den Bathroom
The den will have a full shower, and we couldn’t think of a better way to tie together the two bathrooms than with this pretty blush tile! Remember this inspiration? The floor, walls, ceiling and niche will all be bathed (see what I did there?) in this glossy blush 1″ x 1″ mosaic tile. The subway tile you see will be used for trim and niches.
Unit 1 | Laundry + Kitchen
The laundry room is located in the den, which recently received fully polished concrete floors, and we’ve decided to leave the laundry floor alone. And the kitchen? We have plans for vertical planking (we think), so we opted to nix a tile backsplash in favor of something new-to-us.
Unit 2 | Bathroom + Laundry
As soon as we spotted this mosaic floor tile, we knew it was The One. We’ll be using this on the floors for both the bath and laundry rooms, but are you ready for the kicker? It’s not marble! Rather, it’s a durable porcelain tile that mimics the look of aged marblet, and even up close, we can. not. tell. Minds have been blown.
The walls will receive a similar treatment to Unit 1’s bathroom, but in marble form and on a larger scale! 4″ x 12″ marble tile will be accented with black pencil and matching polished marble skirting. We’re thinking of choosing a dark and moody color for the bathroom vanity, and allowing any greenery or artwork on the walls to be a little ‘punch’ in the room.
Now to answer the question: Should we lay the tile in a diamond or square pattern? (Help!)
Unit 2 bath + laundry selections: Cassettone grey mosaic | Firenze Carrara 4″ x 12″ | Firenze Carrara skirting | Firenze Carrara capital | Black Marquina pencil tile | natural grout (floors) | standard white grout (walls)
Unit 2 | Kitchen
Because Unit 2’s kitchen has a pitched ceiling, we aren’t able to utilize upper cabinets in the space. And because the room will be visually lighter as a result of this, we knew we could take a little risk with some pattern! We surprised ourselves by falling for these 5″ x 5″ patterned squares. Aren’t they adorable? They have a handmade look and quality, and we think that a standard white grout and soft greige pencil (for the edges) will tie it all together.
Tile installation starts this week. Who’s excited?! (I don’t have enough limbs to raise!)