Ceramic tile is an excellent choice for the floor of a beach house as it is highly durable and does not stain or mildew. Easy to clean and visually versatile, ceramic tiles may be more expensive to install, but typically prove to be a more worthwhile investment. Choose wisely and you can create a beach house floor that will impress your guests and stand the test of time.
Keeping to a simple color pattern can fit the theme of a beach house without being aesthetically overpowering. Choose one or two basic colors of square tile, keeping in mind how the rest of the house is decorated. Aqua blues, whites and cool green colors will give your beach house a Mediterranean feel. Avoid colors like red and black, as they may seem too hostile or aggressive for the relaxing atmosphere of the beach. If you choose one color, tile the entire floor in that color. If using two colors, make a mosaic pattern on the ground.
Somewhere between single-color tiles and designed tiles are textured tiles. According to Scrapbook Scrapbook, ceramic tiles are generally either tactile or visual. Tactile tiles may have raised designs or furrowed engravings on them, while visual tiles are smooth to the touch but may appear to have texture on them because of colors and shading. Using textured tiles as an accent piece on your floor is a way to spice up the look of a solid-colored tile floor. Alternate smooth, single-colored tiles with textured tiles. Since people will be walking on the floor, don't overdo it on tactile tiles, since these are not very friendly to bare feet.
Using tiles with pictures on them can give your floor a personality of its own and reinforce the decorative theme of your house. Look for images like sand dollars, palm trees, brightly colored fish, anchors, lighthouses, sailboats or seashells. Try choosing three different pictures of lighthouses or fish and tiling your floor with an even number of each. This way you can break up the uniformity of images and give your floor some variety. Alternatively, choose a solid color tile for most of the floor and lay a border of picture tiles around the edging.
Ceramic tiles also come in patterns, such as stripes or polka dots. When putting a pattern on the floor, keep it simple or it will seem too overwhelming. Choose a tile with a thick stripe next to a thinner stripe. Pick colors that are soothing, like blue or white, or give your floor a pop with a bright yellow or green. Keep the pattern consistent across the floor.
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