The original plaster walls are kind of beat up and the tile combination is a little odd...or at least very outdated. Mr. CP and I visited a few stores to check out what is available in the world of tile. We had an idea of what we wanted, but after visiting about 3 stores in SF and two in Berkeley we were a little frustrated. Since we live in San Francisco, we had also been sucked into the Heath Ceramics hype, but after a little research on their website, I discovered that their least expensive tiles start at $16.50 per sq ft and only come in 6 shades and 2 shapes. Their patterns line, which would look great on small bathroom floor like ours starts at $41 per sq ft. That comes out to over $1000 just for our floor!
|One example from the Heath Ceramics Pattern Tile line|
Finally, I stumbled upon the Ann Sacks website and thought they might have tiles that we would like. Lucky for us, they had tiles that we liked for both wall and floor and they are all in stock, so we don't have to wait for a special order.
For the floors, we saw a porcelain tile in a tile store, but the colors were all just a little bit off for me. One gray was too warm and the other too dark. The Ann Sacks Evolution tile in Tatanio looks the same in terms of texture, but comes in a middle gray which is what I had been seeking. It has a slightly ribbed texture, which will be great for preventing slip and falls in the bathroom after stepping out of the bathtub.
|The ribbing is very subtle and you can barely see it when the tile is on the floor.|
On our way to Ann Sacks, we happened to park in front of Waterworks. I had never been inside of one, but I knew that by reputation they carry very expensive bathroom fixtures. They had a beautiful selection of ceramic, glass and stone tiles, but most of the options were not within our budget.
Next, we need to think about lighting options. Recesssed lighting would be the cleanest, but the tiles might look nicer he we have something brighter that drops down from the ceiling.