Basement reno: bathroom floor

Fellow renovaters might agree: decision-making while trying to adhere to a budget is complex.  Do we plunk down a nice chunk of change for something we really covet or do we convince ourselves to settle for the practical option? 

We didn't want to sacrifice style for practicality........but we also have to face the fact that this isn't our forever home, so high-end designs choices (such as these hexagon carrara marble tiles I'm still obsessed with) don't necessarily have to happen now.  This bathroom has to be tough enough to withstand an 80 lb dog who has a penchant for hiding/scuffling in the bathroom during thunderstorms, and it could possibly be a kids' bathroom down the road. 

So we chose a textured ceramic tile (durability + no sealing necessary = yay) in a plank size.  I know this look isn't for everyone (and I hope I don't sound defensive in my explanation above) but we are pretty pleased with the final product.
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The tiles are still a bit dusty so the texture doesn't translate well, but there's a subtle concrete look to the planks.  Is our house the place where gray tiles go to die, as we also installed it in the upstairs bathroom and the kitchen? Some might call it safe, but I call it consistency. <------- insert sarcasm font here

wall color: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl color matched in Sherwin Williams Harmony No VOC paint
tiles: Crossville Ceramic Co from The Great Indoors, 6 x 24 planks (color: Lead) promo $9/sq ft (originally $14/sq ft)
grout: Lowe's (warm gray)

35 comments:

  1. I think it looks great! I'm always on the lookout for great floor tile to use in our three bathrooms and this is definitely something to remember, thanks for sharing! The plank look makes it unique... I really, really like it!

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  2. It looks amazing! I love the plank style.

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  3. I love the tile and the plank style. I need to do my bathroom floors and I like the idea of doing plank.
    www.mysouthernlife.blogspot.com

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  4. I think this look is gorgeous. I love big wide planks for wood floors, and it translates beautifully to this tile. Do share where you found it!

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  5. I love the plank style! Makes it so much more interesting!
    xx

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  6. I think that was the perfect choice!! My hubby and I were seriously considering something similar for our current flip but it was a bit too modern of a look, however I'm definitely keeping it in mind for future projects. I love it!

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  7. We put something very similar into our shore bathroom and really like it. Adds a modern touch without it being something that will be out of style in a year or two.

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  8. I swear...you could do anything and I would love it....you are just so brilliant. And please note...I mark down each of these ideas in hopes of one day "copying" them. :)

    Have a great one my dear!

    Cheers~
    e

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  9. I really like your tiles!

    (I have to admit, the first thing that went through my head when I saw those tiny carrera ones was 'Ohhh nooo those would be tough to maintain in a high traffic bathroom.' And I almost always choose design over durability...)


    Kelly

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  10. I really like your tiles!

    (I have to admit, the first thing that went through my head when I saw those tiny carrera ones was 'Ohhh nooo those would be tough to maintain in a high traffic bathroom.' And I almost always choose design over durability...)


    Kelly

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  11. It looks great. I like the plank tiles. I've never seen that shape in a floor tile before.

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  12. I think it looks great FC! I'm really digging the tiles~

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  13. Can tiles be lovely? I don't know if that's the decor whore in me, but I find them quite lovely.

    Thumbs up from the LIP. And I know that's important to you , he he.

    LB

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  14. I am loving the plank tiles, I didn't even know those things existed! Putting that on the "yes please" house list.

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  15. It looks great! And I totally understand that whole it's not your forever home thing, too. My husband and I keep telling ourselves the same thing!

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  16. I *really* like this tile! Thanks for the source.

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  17. Oh my Gah! Seriously, I thought your upstairs bathroom was to.die.for, but seeing all the creamy white porcelain and amazing gray tiles in this space is making my head explode. Every project just gets better and better.

    I want to see this bathroom done, NOW! :) Instant gratification!

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  18. I totally snorted at, "The house where Gray tile went to die..." Hilarious! I am fully in support of ceramic tile! And even though I always shy far away from the modern look, I'm occasionally tempted when I see how nicely you pull it off.

    also... ps... I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new blog header + background. It's heavenly. I need texture and pattern like that in my life...

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  20. It's lovely! My parents have a similar colored slate floor in their basement and the color has worn very well. I love the plank look.

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  21. I really like the plank style. I dont' think I've ever seen that before. But that's probably because I'm about 15 years behind the trends. I'm all about mauve and faux flowers.

    I think it looks really great. And, I"m liking the wall color. I'm in quite a conundrum with grey right now. Really hard to find the right color grey.

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  22. I'd have to say you are my style guru. I really like your decorating style, very nice!

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  23. Stunning! I didnt even know there was plank style tile -- at Lowe's?!

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  24. I think those tiles are great! I've never seen anything in that size before and will definitely be looking for something like that when we are ready to use tile for the floors in our kitchen.

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  25. Great choice! I like the gray scheme. Can't wait to see the rest of it. I think when we finish our bathroom basement, we might try doing a stained concrete. So many flooring options!

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  26. I too love it. It's very classic, yet modern. Excellent choice!!

    jbhat

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  27. Wow! It is really coming along!! It looks beautiful!!

    I am on the hunt for the perfect gray, so this will have to be added to my list! :)

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  28. I think it looks wonderful! Modern and cozier than regular tiles. Love.

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  29. I am in LOVE. Seriously. You do gray so well, my dear. I am giddy with excitement waiting for the full reveal.

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  30. I LOVE this! It looks amazing!

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  31. I've never seen plank tiles before,very unique. Looks awesome, good job!

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  32. I think I am missing something. I am trying to fine these plank tiles. I typed in Crossville ceramic Co. and great indoors. I cannot find them. Can you help me plese. Thank you for your time

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    1. I think they are sold out. I posted about them more here:
      http://freckleschick.blogspot.com/2012/03/plank-bathroom-floor-tiles.html

      I've heard that some Home Depots might carry similar plank tiles.

      Hope this helps!

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  33. This is really beautiful!! The fab thing about gray is that you can splash it up with any color and it looks great.
    Cassie, BRD & Hootie's peep

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