Tile & Where to Find It?
Our list of "go-to" tile shops are ones we've sourced tile from for years - see sidebar. But there are lots of beautiful offerings available on-line too. I've listed some of these below, but buyer beware, sometimes during a build, there is no substitution for working directly with a brick and mortar store.
The thing is that tile, like wood flooring and cabinetry, is one of the most expensive interior finishes installed in a space. So picking an option that ages gracefully in style and durability is important. There are also important functional and practical considerations to keep in mind. While not a comprehensive list, here are a few:
Appropriateness of location: Is the tile you love rated to be installed on a floor or only walls? Be sure to check with the manufacturer before buying.
- Tile layout pattern: There are so many options: 1/3 offset, diamond on point, basketweave, running bond to name a few. Be sure to review the particulars of your installation with the manufacturer. Case in point, some large format tiles come with a camber and can look pillowy if laid out on a floor in a stacked pattern.
- Edge and intersection details: Figure out your transition details before you buy! Is your tile a solid body color or available in bullnose profiles? Do you plan to cap cut edges with a Schluter Strip or U-Channel detail? Neglecting these details upfront can result in a less than perfect install that doesn't capture the look you wanted.
Grout: Beyond the color, know the pros and cons of each type, i.e. sanded, unsanded, epoxy. And consider the grout size you'd prefer as most manufacturers specify a minimum spacing between tiles.
Beyond the practical, we are always on the hunt for new inspiration such as we've seen from:
Please send us suggestions of your favorites too!
These local shops are listed in no particular order and they all stock a versatile selection of bold and subtle tiles in a variety of patterns, colors and textures.