I fell in love with Fireclay Tile and was convinced that I was going to order some - until I priced it out. A rough estimate for what we'd need saw our eyes bugging out over a lot of zeros (about $4,000+ just for the tub surround). I don't have that kind of money for tile and, if I did, I don't even think I'd want to sink $4000 into something that will get covered by a shower curtain anyway. (This is my poor loser pep talk. Of course I would! Their tile is gorgeous and mod and I want it.)
Although I ultimately had to pass on Fireclay Tile, pining for the styles above altered my plan. I originally had my eye on some beach-glass inspired tiles, but I realized that I was really gravitating toward organic shapes with more texture than colour. Yes, although I drooled over beautiful, bold spaces like the bathroom below, ultimately I chickened out.
The sample called to me from across the room. Actually a friend (Jazmyn, that's you!), had talked to me about this gorgeous stone awhile ago but I didn't think to search for it. It's White Fantasy, just one variation of quartzite, which is supposedly as hardy as granite but with a similar look as marble (my nemesis). If you read Yellow Brick Home, you might have spotted another variety of quartzite. At a local stone yard, I found a huge piece for sale and I am thinking of already putting a down payment on it so no one else can nab it.
It looks a bit flat (and cold) in my photos, but in real life there are these incredible veins and layers - it has a lot of depth to it with varying shades of warm and cool grey, balanced by some white. Some of the veins have a really striking glint to them. I managed to capture a hint of an elusive glint in this photo:
Hubby likes it because it reminds him of when the ice cracks and breaks on Lake Superior. To me it looks like a map. I actually would have loved to find the Aquias Blue quartzite below, but no luck (I think the grey will serve us well, anyway):
|Clockewise: Cocolapinedesign; Decorpad; JacquelynClark; ApartmentTherapy|
Once I settled on a counter, picking tile was easier. A bit. I originally envisioned grey tile, but with a stone counter that reads very grey, it seemed a little blah. I considered a white porcelain, but it just didn't "click" for me, even though it bounced a lot of light around and made the room feel bigger and brighter.
In the end, while pondering various shades of grey tile, I found the perfect floor tile by accident.
The soft black on the right stood out.
It's a really nice black: not too dark or too blue, and it has a nice warmth and softness to it. It has a subtle variation in colour, like slate. It seems more matte in photos - in real life it has a perfect not-too-shiny, not-too-flat finish. The contrast between it and the light grey counters elevates the plan from "everything is grey" land. I'd love it with a matching grout - the picture below has a similar tile, but with lighter grout.
For the tub surround tile, this white tile with a great sheen and a square pattern is my favorite. When the little irregular squares catch the light, they almost look like square mosaic - which is such a classic tile option - but without the myriad of grout lines.
I really like mosaic tile but I don't like grout, so the tile above will give me the best of both words.
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We're placing order for the cabinetry and likely the counter soon - but nothing is written in stone yet! Feel free to chime in - especially if you've had any experience with quartzite or porcelain tile, which are both new to me! If you're curious about the bevy of inspiring bathrooms I've been digitally hoarding, take a look at my Bathroom Reno Plans board on Pinterest. You can also follow me on Instagram, where I recently shared a beautiful teal tile (that, sadly, didn't make the cut), and other sneak peeks.
Here's a look at the samples all together - you'll have to envision a pair of soft aqua sinks.
Now, time to lug 100 pounds of tile samples back into town...