Three Fool-Proof Tips For Picking Your Perfect Tile

Hi sweet friends!  In case you haven’t heard, we’re working on a huge Historic restoration project…and its *kind of* a big deal 😉  ALL the decisions we have to make, the number of pretty things we stare at daily, the drawings and plans, picking out colors…Did I mention ALL the decisions?!  Oy…it’s a lot and we want to bring you along on the journey of how we made our choices! We’re maybe just a little bit excited to share some tips, show you some trends in tile we are loving!

Our main focus for this post is on tile for the Kitchen, and that means none other than searching for the PERFECT backsplash tile for this historic House.  We’ve made quite a few trips to visit our friends at Garden State Tile recently, and the level of pretty is making it very hard to make a decision!  Of course, that got us thinking about our process and HOW, exactly, we go about picking out just the right tile for the space.  With so many things to consider, including but not limited to, color, shape, style, size, and material, its no wonder it is so hard to land on THE one. Well, you’re in luck…we can help with that!

Let’s dive right in, shall we?  Don’t be afraid…come on in, friends…the water’s fine;-)

Tips for Picking Your Perfect Tile - One Coast Design
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First, and most importantly, you have to have some semblance of a vision…and by that I mean, what do YOU like? What is your goal for your space, the overall look you are trying to achieve that is right up your alley?  Having a clear vision of how things will fit together is of the utmost importance.  You’re obviously not going to put a rustic brick backsplash in a modern house, just as you aren’t going to drop in anything too modern into a farmhouse.  So, grab a coffee and start that all-important Pinterest board to get your creative juices flowing (at least to give me, your designer, a nice sampling of your taste) and then we’ll curate it down to the most cohesive options for your space from there!

Picking the perfect tile - local products
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Once you have an overall color scheme and feel for your space, its time to start looking in person!  I highly recommend visiting local tile stores to see the products in person.  It is SO different in person than in pictures!  And I can almost guarantee you that you will not end up with what you planned on your perfectly curated Pinterest board…so breathe!  Being able to touch and handle the tile, as well as ask the experts about durability, care, grout options, etc will help ensure that you are not only picking the best tile, not only for your space but for your lifestyle as well! (No one wants the surprise of picking a material that’s super hard to clean and finding out AFTER its already installed, amiright?!)

How to choose your kitchen tile
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Obviously, the budget is a huge factor in your decision.  Be sure to lay it all out…when working with a design professional, take your mood board and ideas with you!  Share your hopes and dreams, be sure to have accurate measurements so you’ll know just how much you need, and be VERY honest and upfront about your budget.  That way, you aren’t disappointed when you fall in love with a tile and find out it is way out of your price range.  This will give them all the info they need to lead you through the showroom and help you pick the best options!  Remember to be open-minded and embrace all the options…you just might surprise yourself with your choice!

Picking tile and backsplash tips
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Here at The Coburn Hutchinson House, we are focused on creating a kitchen that feels fresh and clean, but still true to the history of the house…no mid-century modern here!  We are LOVING all the square tiles, crackled subway tile, and absolutely dying over an organic edge!  Nothing too crisp and perfect for this Kitchen, it must look appropriate to the space and feel of the entire House!  We can’t wait to show you what we land on!!!!! Be sure to Follow all the progress @coburn_hutchinson_house AND @onecoastdesign !!! Chat soon, sweet friends!


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