Monday, September 13, 2010

My hex tile is hexed! Help me decide on a new floor!

Yes, here we are---our kitchen is gutted, we are trying to stay on schedule even with all the work devoted to the ceiling, and today I get a phone call that the tile we thought had been ordered last Friday was in fact NO LONGER MADE. Our only option left for hex tile is true white and/or black, and with all the warm tones in the room, I'm just not feeling it. Good bye, fair hex tile---we hardly knew ye...

So back to flooring store I go. I am still not into hardwood or laminate for this project; Marmoleum (as in our sunroom) was briefly considered and dismissed. Before I latched onto the tiles-which-shall-not-be-named, we had strongly considered cork, but I was unsure about the look of it, feeling it was perhaps too contemporary. Further research proved me wrong--there are cork floors in existence from over 100 years ago!

And, let's face it--I'm kind of desperate here to make a decision (BY TOMORROW), and besides one other tile I like, it's ALL I HAVE LEFT!

I now present the contenders, in no particular order. PLEASE leave a comment if you have a strong opinion one way or another--it will really help us narrow this thing down!

Oh--all the cork comes in 1' x 3' planks; it's a floating floor. The tile is a color-body porcelain (comes in a 6 x 6, 12 x 12, and 18 x18). I photographed them with the cabinet colors and also on the existing heart pine in surrounding rooms because I think whatever goes in the kitchen should be somewhat complimentary.

Choice 1
Choice 2-similar, but in an ivory color
Choice 3--also ivory, but with some natural cork color showing through
Choice 4--maple toned and striped
Choice 5--like above, but with multiple wood tones; it reminded me of our butcher block table top in walnut and maple
Choice 6--called Ocean, it reads a bit more green in person
Thanks for your assistance--I will of course let you know what we choose!


  1. Choice 4, is my choice!

  2. i like choice number 3. it has a little more texture and interest, which will hide dirt better (important for a kitchen, in my experience), yet it's still subtle enough to not detract from the rest of the room. The patterning in choices 4 and 5 are a little bolder, and could take away from other things in the room. of course, not knowing what the rest of the room looks like, it's hard to say for sure, but based on the pictures, I think I would go with number 3 :-)

  3. Thanks for commenting! Others I have asked mostly voted for the porcelain, though I did have two other votes for #3. My husband likes the porcelain because he thinks it will be easiest to maintain; my eldest son likes #3 as he thinks it is closest to the "color spirit" of the hex.

    Still staring at eyes are beginning to cross! ;-)

  4. From a strictly practical perspective, porcelain tile is a great choice. It is strong, the color is throughout the tile (not on the surface like ceramic), and the floor is easy to clean. My experience....and two cents :-)


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