A tear sheet from my House & Home magazine inspired the flooring choice for the entry, hallway, mudroom, powder room and kitchen. We're laying 12" x 24" tile in a herringbone pattern, like in my inspiration photo below. It'll cover the entire main floor with the exception of my office and the living room. It turns out you have to order a lot of extra tile when you lay it in this pattern, due to the amount of cutting required around the edges of the room.
The tile we're using is by Ceratec and it's part of their Fashion series by Graniser. I snapped the photo below at Ceratec's showroom in Ottawa. This isn't a great representation of the size and shape (it's actually two feet long). We'll also be using this tile in the upstairs laundry room, but in a grid pattern.
In the master bath and guest bath, we'll use these 2" white hexagon tiles. I love the classic look and how they won't go out of style.
In the upstairs hallway and bedrooms, we'll do wall-to-wall carpeting. Although I love the look of hardwood with area rugs, I prefer to have the softness of carpet underfoot in a bedroom. We've gone with a carpet that looks like a sisal and we've chosen the greyish tone below. In the photo below it looks a bit taupe, but in person it reads grey. It's by Shaw Floors and the style is called Linenweave. The colour we chose is called Panama.
As for the hardwood in the office and living room, we went with Millstone's Maple Dapple. Again, the photo doesn't do the colour justice. In person, it's got quite a bit of grey in it and looks great up against the Ceratec tile (they will be up against one another in two places).
So that's it for flooring. Overall, the tile costs per square foot were quite a bit lower than the hardwood I looked at. However, the cost of installing intricate tile patterns like herringbone is quite a bit more than installing hardwood in its regular linear fashion.
It shouldn't have come as a surprise that, the more intricate the tile pattern, the more expensive the install. I originally wanted to have a marble pinwheel pattern on the master bath floor as in the photo below from Style at Home magazine. I showed the photo to our tile installer who said the installation cost would be about $14 per square foot. That's not including the price of the marble itself, which is pretty pricey. With 165 square feet in our bathroom, that's $2310 for the installation alone. Once again, I'm brought back to reality about the houses I look at in magazines. They're fun to look at, but often don't reflect the average person's budget.
We're meeting with the painters tomorrow, so I'll have a paint colour update ready soon.