By Andy Meredith
Over the past couple of years, as our home renovations business has really taken off, Candis and I have had some really fun and interesting projects. While we both love old homes and we’re big fans of classic décor and design, we know that it doesn’t always make sense to go with tradition. Sometimes it’s a matter of choosing which things to make more historically accurate and which ones to take a modern departure on.
Flooring is one of the places we’ve had a lot of challenges, obstacles, and interesting decisions to make. A lot of modern homebuyers only associate tile with bathrooms, kitchens, and front foyers. However, in some areas of the country, tile is a common choice throughout the entire house. And some older homes were designed with tile or stone flooring in mind. So let’s think about a few ways that tile can be a great choice outside the kitchen and bathroom.
An Open Floor Plan
If you’re renovating a house with an open floor plan for the kitchen, living room, and dining room area, you have some interesting choices ahead of you. You need to create a design that works well for the whole space because your buyers are going to be able to see the kitchen from the living room and vice versa.
Sometimes, with this kind of floor plan, it makes sense to have a flooring boundary between the kitchen and the living room with tile on the kitchen side and carpet or hardwood flooring on the living room side. If your floor plan is really open, though, chopping up your floor like that can make the space look smaller and less cohesive.
Instead, you might want to consider a tile floor that works well for the whole space. Depending on the style of the house, large stone or terra cotta tiles can have a warm and welcoming look. If your house is in a cooler climate, though, you might want to consider laminate or hardwood flooring throughout the space, since it’ll be a little bit warmer than cold tile in the winter. Or you could just make sure that your stagers add some area rugs and runners to show buyers how warm you can make this kind of floor when you need to.
Tile in the Bedroom?
The right tile has a classic look that can make a smaller master bedroom look larger and more stately. It’s also easier to clean than carpet and won’t be nearly as susceptible to water damage as wood or carpet floors. The maintenance is easy, and comfort during the winter is as easy as throwing down a few area rugs. Plus, if you have a stone fireplace in the master bedroom, complementary or matching stone tiles can be especially attractive.
So, yes, tile can absolutely be a good material for flooring outside of the bathroom or kitchen, but before you commit, take a moment to think about how your buyers will look at it. If you live in a place with really cold winters, your buyers are definitely going to think about how chilly their feet will be when they get up in the morning. If you live in a warmer climate, they’ll think about how cool tile will be under their feet on hot summer days and how it can be really refreshing. Consider whether tile floors will make buyers more likely to make an offer or pass and keep looking for a different house.