Saturday, November 22, 2008

And even more on floor tiles...



THIS blogger installed hex tile in her kitchen and I think it's pretty cute.

If you're joining us in progress, you can read THIS post about my quest for figuring out the right materials for my kitchen facelift.

13 comments:

mudrick said...

I for one don't think the hex it too "bathroom." Marble hex is to die for if you can swing it in the budget. With dark gray grout I think it would hide dirt well. Hex is a classic choice for your era of home. What about a central area of hex with a perimeter of a more traditional floor tile in grey or another coordinating color. That way you have something with fewer grout lines near the entrances.

You're obviously feeling the hex and I say you should go for it.

I did a small ceramic multicolored square tile in my 1920s bathroom that I love. It's not hex but it has that feel. The maker is Jasba and they make several colorways (some garish, some subtle). The tiles are mottled so they hide dirt pretty well with a darker grout. They were about $9 a square foot.

Anonymous said...

really nice! Love the look.
we put hardwood floors in our kitchen years ago and I regret it. While they are beautiful, they do not hold up well if you really cook a lot. We are in the restaurant biz and if my husband had his way we would have cement floors with a drain in the middle for easy hose down!

K.Line said...

Lord, I love this kitchen!!! My 1930s authentic kitchen (when growing up) had hex tile everywhere. In black and white. It was tough to keep clean.

kristin said...

I like it. I think that the kitchen is basic and useful, but the hex floor gives it enough pattern and texture to keep the kitchen from being boring. It's really cute.

victoria thorne design said...

I think you love this, and that says just about everything: won't it make you happy just seeing it everyday? You're hard-wired for hex, perhaps. And I still think the grey grout will work...

the bathroom post looks like glass tiles, yes? We've used these quite a bit and they're wonderful.

Bottom line: if you love it, and it's at least fairly easy to live with (upkeep), your heart will tell you more than the greek chorus...although your greek chorus sure does give good comment...

Anonymous said...

We got 12X12 carrara marble tiles at Home Depot for a steal (I think they were around $2/square foot). We cut them down to make subway tiles, but what if you just cut them in half to make 6x12 tiles and used a dark grey grout? You could lay them in a basketweave or a herringbone. If you can cut the tiles yourself, you'd save a lot of money. We used hardwoods in our kitchen (oak stained very dark) and I love them - they've held up well and look good against the white cabinets. And I figure if they get dinged up a bit, it just adds character ;-).

ArchitectDesign said...

I still don't like them in a kitchen even if they're cute. They're better in the bathroom. Too many cracks where the grout is to trap food and grease, stained grout, etc. I prefer a more seamless tile/stone application -closeset without grout or at least large tiles - like the large euro sized ones that are so popular now and that I have in my own house. Less grout is less hassle.
On a positive note, I LOVE those kitchen cabinets! So jealous right now........

coast said...

I just put hex tiles in my kitchen an love the look. Not the easiest to keep clean but I love the look!

coast said...

I forgot to mention that my hex tiles are white (biscuit) with a few black fleurettes scattered about with dark grey grout. Love the way it looks! It is elegant and timeless. And my two black pugs look fabulous on it!

Your House and Life said...

Wow Decorno. It was really cool to check in and see I made the blog! Thanks so much and can't wait to see where this spirited debate ends on your kitchen floor.


PS
I'm still voting for hex. And remember, I doubt its like McDonald's in your household. Some dark grout and sealant and you'll wonder what made you worry so much. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

I notice in the kitchen pics from the blog that you reference, that the homeowners did *not* go with an under mount sink.

Is the under mount sink also a fad that has now expired?

ita darling. said...

Whats really funny is how everyone tries to sell you on what they did in "their" kitchen, instead of paying attention to your likes, looking at your inspiration photos and respecting the style and history of your home.

I totally agree with Your House and Life- you are feeling the Hex and apparently your lifestyle does not conflict with heavy cooking, high traffic or cleanliness issues (all the "cons" that folks have been posting) SO GO FOR IT!


did i mention the dal-tile 2" hexs that come in a million colors? http://daltileproducts.com/series.cfm?series=240&

i could see 2" hex in fire brick looking so smashing in a kitchen! (though i don't know your palette aside from white and carerra.

or what about the octagon with dot pattern?

i guess we are all living vicariously- i am the out of work interior designer living in a 1940s bungalow rental with shabby lineoleum...

Linoleum said...

What a very nice pictures, thank you for sharing.....