Like us, you probably love to search online for home decor ideas and interior design inspiration. If you are drawn to stunning design and modern interiors, browsing inspo images is a favorite pastime. If you've been on Pinterest or Instagram lately, you've probably come across 'just a few' photos of kitchens and bathrooms adorned with ceramic tile. Gorgeous designs in muted grays, vibrant hues highlighted in hand painted perfection, and high gloss showstoppers with beveled edges are absolutely everywhere. If only we had a house with 20 bathrooms and 15 kitchens, we could have every single one of the tiles pinned to our "Love You, Need You" board.
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Then, you look at those colorful ceramic tiles sturdily grouted in place and wonder, can I really commit to that on my floor? I love you now, but will I love you forever?
Let's just point out that with flooring, "forever" can be 100 year hardwood heirloom floors or, it can be 20 years when a new design trend in tile comes around. Regardless, flooring in general is a long term commitment and one that you have to take into consideration when designing a room. If you are going to invest in a tile floor, you may want to think about classic designs and leave the trendy looks to accents in your home.
Southport from Palmetto Road Intrigue Collection
Classic design will gracefully sway along the ebb and flow of the ever-changing tile trends. Always in style, classic tiles will accommodate your five year crush on Spanish influenced design then easily move on to your modern farmhouse remodel.
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As lovely as it is, there are a few drawbacks to ceramic tile namely it can be hard, cold, and unforgiving to anything that falls on its surface. Ouch. Those can be more than drawbacks, but actual deal breakers. Do not worry, you can still have the look and suffer none of the consequences with luxury vinyl tiles.
The perfect and practical alternative to ceramic and natural stones, luxury vinyl tiles are durable and crack-resistant. Available in natural stone and ceramic visuals such as slate, marble, concrete, and travertine, they offer great style and design. They are also soft and quiet underfoot and can be installed with or without grout. Unlike ceramic tile which can be too heavy for upper stories, luxury vinyl tile can be installed on any level floor of a home or condominium. Speaking of installation, luxury vinyl floors are much easier to install (and remove) than ceramic floors.
Newcastle Dove from Beauflor Pure Collection
Luxury vinyl tiles are made of the same construction as luxury vinyl planks. Many outstanding brands offer an array of options in luxury vinyl tiles (also known as LVT) such as Beauflor, Palmetto Road, and Metroflor.
Available in natural stone, ceramic, marble, and concrete visuals, luxury vinyl tiles are as well suited in a traditional setting as in a modern industrial styled loft. One of our favorite new collections for an industrial loft style is Metroflor's Déjà New in smooth concrete and linen weave designs.
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If you still have your eye on a gorgeous patterned floor, check out the new laminate styles from Beauflor's Hydrana Collection. Unlike the square luxury vinyl tiles, these floors are planks with a retro chic tile-look pattern. Easy to install and maintain, laminate provides many of the durability options as luxury vinyl but is softer underfoot. The Hydrana Collection is also water-resistant. This option allows you to mix patterned and wood look planks for a design all your own.
Retro Chic from Beauflor's Hydrana Water-Resistant Laminate
Whether choosing luxury vinyl tile or laminate, one benefit you will most definitely love forever is both are simple to clean and maintain. Additionally, while ceramic tile is water-resistant, many luxury vinyl tile options are waterproof which makes a big difference when installing it in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and mudrooms.
Worry-free, high performing, and beautiful? Most definitely, these are tile floors to love forever.
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