When undertaking a renovation or for new construction, a homeowner is going to have to make tile selections. We caught up with Chris Hevey, the Daltile showroom manager in Dallas, for her insights into how to make this process go as seamlessly as possible.
Southern Home, SH: What is the most important consideration in selecting tile?
Chris Hevey, CH: There are three major types of tile. Ceramic has a clay body and is great for backsplashes, and kitchen and bathroom floors. Porcelain is the workhorse of tile products because it is strong, can be used anywhere, and requires virtually no maintenance. Natural stone is the third and most expensive option. It is often used because each piece is unique, and it provides a very luxurious feel. However, natural stone must be maintained with sealer, and some stones, like marble, are prone to etching when exposed to acidic products. There is no wrong decision; homeowners just need to know which product best suits their lifestyle and budget.
SH: Are there any trends that you see emerging?
CH: Large format porcelain and wood-look porcelain are very popular and what I like to call “family proof.” These tiles may be used in rustic, traditional, or contemporary settings. They can be used throughout the house and are maintenance free. Tiles shaped in a picket fence are also coming on strong for backsplashes, as well as the fan-shape mosaic.
SH: What are your suggestions for a homeowner that wants a timeless look?
CH: Subway tiles have been around for a long time and are perfect for keeping your kitchen or bathroom timeless. Today they come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles. The standard 3″x 6″ will always be a go-to tile.
SH: What colors are strong?
CH: White marble with grey veining continues to be a strong product. Our new Stratus White marble is absolutely stunning. On another note, the advances in porcelain tiles are incredible, and you can truly get the look of Calacatta marble without the maintenance and at a fraction of the price. Our porcelain Calacatta from the Marble Attache Collection achieves this look. (As shown in opening image).