area rug and tile floor

poolwebberMay 5, 2013

We are thinking of using this area rug (Kane Carpet, "Unbelievable" pattern, tawny color) in our family room. Can anyone suggest a tile floor that would like nice underneath? We would like to avoid a wood floor because of flooding issues. We would consider the ceramic tiles that have a wood or stone look, but we're having a hard time choosing a specific tile/color. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Whether you want wood-look or stone-look tiles, go with porcelain, and by that I mean tiles that have a water absorption rating of less than 0.5 percent. They may be more expensive than the standard ceramic stuff at first, but they will last longer. Off the top of my head, Kertiles, Emser, and Daltile all offer porcelain tiles that look either like wood or natural stone, and with advanced printing techniques it's hard to tell the difference between porcelain and the real thing. I'll provide a link to a sample I've seen in person, and it really is hard to tell it apart from hardwood unless you walk on it barefoot. Also, if you end up opting for wood-look tiles, make sure you get rectified tiles. This allows for narrower grout lines and hence more realism.

Also, out of curiosity, do you want that specific area rug to more or less match the surface below or provide more of an offset?

Here is a link that might be useful: Tiles with a wood look

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 2:05AM
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