Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shades of Gray

We are on a tile roll. . .just a couple weeks after solidifying our wall tile choice for the 2nd bathroom renovation (Bellavita's Shimmering Ice, for those keeping up), we hit the streets again to find options for our dark gray floor tile.
Nothing spoke to us at the Tile Outlet where we found Shimmering Ice, so we mapped out a couple other stores that were conveniently on the way to our suburban Easter weekend destination. We popped into a well-yelp'd store and were quickly greeted by a small cat at the front door. Unexpected.
The cat followed us (or maybe led us?) through the whole store. 
We spied a few options to keep in mind, slowly building ideas of what patterns we liked and what patterns one of us loved and the other one could live with.
I found myself drawn to tile with the vertical stripe look, but often there seem to be too many colors in the stripes. This one was all shades of gray and found itself in the running.
But nothing spoke to us as clearly as the wall tile did. The next day we popped over to Lowe's with my sister and brother in law. We only have Home Depot close to us in the city, and there's only so much a city home improvement store can hold. So feasting our eyes on the mucho selection of this Lowe's in the 'burbs was a happy time indeed. It took us about .2 seconds to find a gray tile that matched the look we were going for! And, oh boy, was that price right. We only need about 32 square feet to cover the floor and go up the side of the tub, so at $2.25 a square foot, our budget is smiling.
We bought one piece as a sample and got it home. Laying the porcelain tile against the floor by the tub, we knew we had an instant hit. 
Looks like we're headed back to Lowe's! Wall tile, check. Floor tile, check. 8500 other parts of the bathroom re-do. . .still to come.


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