We brought home samples of some of the front runners for the half bathroom’s new tile. So, what do you think?
These are the four tiles that we’re most strongly considering. (They’re all available in both 6×6 and 13×13.)
Apparently the sniff test yielded a winner, but we’ll have to see whether the humans agree.
In terms of how they’ll hold up, they’re all equal. They’re all rated 5 for wear, they’re all porcelain, and they’re all from Italy. The big questions are color, pattern, and tile size.
Palladium vs. Tracce del Tempo
The biggest difference that I see between the two is that the Palladium tiles (avorio left, verde right) have little glossy ridges that catch the light and kind of sparkle under bright lights. (You can see it better if you click on the photo to see it larger.)
whereas the surface of the Tracce del Tempo tiles (verde foreground, marrone background) are more matte throughout.
I’m torn on my feeling on that. I kind of like the brightness of the Palladium for a tiny bathroom with no natural light. But the kitchen is only a few feet around the corner from the bathroom. Someday we’re going to redo the kitchen and put in tile there too. I don’t like the idea of the Palladium sparkles in a much larger room with natural light. I definitely would prefer the matte finish in there. And I’m not sure I want the two different finishes so close to each other — even if the bathroom door is often shut. I’d notice, especially if the tile patterns are anything alike. So I guess that’s a vote in favor of the matte Tracce del Tempo?
It’s a pretty easy decision for me that I prefer, in each tile, the lighter color. I like the marrone Tracce del Tempo. In the Palladium, I like the avorio ok, but I think I’d most like one called tortora, which is in between the two samples we brought home. Unfortunately they didn’t have it in-store.
This is a tough one. I laid the tiles into the actual bathroom just to see how they’d look:
And the 13×13’s, which I thought I wanted, looked enormous. Two barely fit between the toilet and the wall. The whole bathroom would be covered in 20 tiles, 4 tiles by 5. Even then, we’d end up cutting some down with the wet saw:
The 6×6’s might be a better option. They’d cover the room in about 80 tiles, 8×10. They probably wouldn’t look that different, in terms of size, from the pattern on the existing laminate.
That crack keeps reminding me why we’re doing all this!
A pro to the 6×6’s is that I expect we’ll do 13×13’s in the kitchen eventually. If the same tile isn’t available then, it might be nice to have a slightly different pattern/size in the bathroom so it doesn’t look quite so “tried to match but not quite” with the future kitchen. A con is that it might end up looking kind of “tried to match” with the existing kitchen floor. The color and shape will be awfully close. One way we might be able to move away from it a little bit would be to arrange 6×6’s in a staggered pattern instead of a checkerboard.
The idea of looking different from the someday-kitchen (and from the existing kitchen) brings me to another idea, one kind of different from what I’ve been considering. The Palladium tile is available in a basket weave:
If we went with basketweave tile we could either do it with a border, either of 6×6’s or two staggered 3×6’s, or just do the entire floor in it. I really admire this beautiful bathroom over at HOUSEography, which has a marble basketweave tile floor (and the same oyster bay paint we have in our dining room–at least I’m consistent!). I didn’t expect to go in this kind of direction, but I think I like the idea.
If I had to make a decision today, I think it’d be between the basket weave, and 6×6 squares of the marrone Tracce del Tempo Guinness favors:
As between the two, honestly, I’m not sure.