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Jul292010

Reader request - tiled floors

I finally had a chance to get to a reader request, and this one comes from Kristin: "My husband and I have a basement to floor. Due to an intermittently angry washing machine, we need something waterproof. We have decided that tile is be the best option. Do you have inspiration photos of tiled floors? This is going to be our second family room, so the tile can't look out of place with sofas and pillows and dog beds." I sure do have some tiled floor photos for inspiration to get some ideas brewing. (On a side note, one of my favourite durable flooring choices that I hope to be able to use in the basement of the addition my husband (teeheehee) and I want to put on our house is coin pattern rubber flooring like this).

***Larry, Kristen's husband, created a poll to see which floor our readers like best - so vote HERE!

Heidi Lerkenfeldt Eric Roth
InsideHomePage Apartment Therapy
Nicolas Mathéus Marie Claire Italy
Frank Features GP

GP
Shoot Factory
Marie Claire Italy
Söderberg Agentur
Rachael Smith
McInturff Architects
Gunklemans Interior Design
Hus & Hem
Elle Decor
House and Garden
Ideal Home
Todd Yoggy

Reader Comments (16)

Hey, that red Chesterfield sure looks HOT next to the red firehose and stand pipe! Lovely industrial color combinations with the brick tile floor.

29 Jul 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

Thanks, Kim! This is great! I can't wait to show these to my husband. I really appreciate you taking the time to help me. You are the best!

29 Jul 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

That tree room divider by InsideHomePage is amazing!

29 Jul 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Thank you Kim for the help... I like the Frank Features but since I am a scientist, I would like to tabulate the opinions of others.

Please take my poll

Re: coin pattern rubber flooring

Before buying it check with someone who has actually placed it in a closed small space. It's a drag to clean - dirt tends to stick around the patterns.

Of course, I am talking based only on my local experience where the combo "dust+high air humidity level=mess". The situation may be completely different in Canada and you can tell me to mind my own business :-))

Here it only works really well on spaces like garages where one can use a water hose to blast them clean.

29 Jul 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

PS: I want that Marie Claire Italy floor!

29 Jul 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

Maura, thanks for trying to burst my bubble. You're probably right, but that's what they have vacuums for right? :)

Larry - LOL! I voted. :)

29 Jul 2010 | Registered Commenterkim

LOL! Oh no! I didn't mean to spoil your idea! Sorry if I gave that impression.

As I said, my experience is based on local weather characteristics where a vacuum alone is not enough and one needs to wash the damn floor. :-)

29 Jul 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

LOL!!! I was kidding (sort of).
(You can imagine how much cleaning needs to happen in a house with 8 cats...)

29 Jul 2010 | Registered Commenterkim

i'm loving those stairs in the shoot factory home!
lindsey

29 Jul 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlindsey

Thank you 2x for this post -- we are trying to decide between tiles or hardwood to change the look of the floors and this will really help me with ruling out or deciding on tiles.

29 Jul 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYpille

Mmmm.... Not sure where you leave but a heated ceramic floor feels very good. Unheated ceramic floors are quite cold. White or black ceramic floors look dirty very easily. Good luck!

30 Jul 2010 | Unregistered Commenteretoile

We have had two floods in our basement in the last 6 years... we changed our flooring to an epoxy garage floor paint from Rustoleum after the first flood. It was easy to do, looks nice and when the second flood hit- easy to clean and withstood both the flood and the professional clean up.....

31 Jul 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlojo

This is fabulous; thank you! I've recently conceded that "hardwood throughout" is just not practical in some spaces, and am looking for good tile inspiration to add to our plans for building a house!

31 Jul 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustine

I agree with etoile - make sure you get heating if you can afford it :)

1 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

Some nice stuff here. I live in Germany, where tiled floors are really common (come to think of it...). I was looking at a flooring project by a pair of Barcelona-based artists recently, which I found beautiful: http://www.smart-urban-stage.com/blog/future-of-the-city/new-ways-of-sanctuary/ Trying now to figure out how to recreate their effect... Any tips from veteran DIYers would be appreciated! Cheers, Chuck.

13 Jul 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie B.

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