Help! Matching tile

kewrenMarch 27, 2014

Hi! We're redoing our master bath. I picked a Calacatta 1x2 herringbone for the floor and a white subway for walls from the same tile store. When the tile arrived I noticed how much brighter the white subway is than the floor. I'm worried it's going to make my floors look dirty. The tile guy insists I should use this bright white subway and has nothing else to offer. I found a subway in stock at Lowes called Starting Line White by American Olean. It looks much better against my floor tile. But that tile is labeled non-vitreous. I've read I shouldn't use that in a shower. I'm worried about the quality of the tile at Lowes. What should I do? My contractor is worried about blowing our schedule. Help?

This post was edited by kew2006 on Thu, Mar 27, 14 at 8:51

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I wouldn't use anything labeled non-vitreous in a shower. The less water absorbent, the better.

I assume this is the tile

If so, you may be OK as it's glazed. As long as water never makes it past the surface, you may be OK.

The tiles sold at Home Depot and Lowes aren't much different that what's sold at specialty tile shops. The tiles they stock at the stores are cheap mainly because of the quantities they sell. Shipping costs are a big part of tile costs and when you ship by the truckload, you can save a lot of money per box.

This post was edited by kidhorn on Thu, Mar 27, 14 at 14:49

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 2:39PM
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I would think these tile would be fine with any wall installation. As far as in the shower I don't know. Wall installation doesn't take the same hard use that floor takes. Floors need to have tile and finish rated for floors. Again as for shower use I have no idea.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 7:27PM
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Thank you for your responses. Sorry about posting twice. I couldn't edit the subject and I thought I should. I'm leaning toward going with the bright white. I'm going to try to call American Olean tomorrow and ask what their recommendation is.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 7:38PM
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Daltile Rittenhouse Square is a quality subway tile, and it comes in White, and Artic White. Sounds like you want the White which is softer in color.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 12:01AM
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