Short story long. (I know the ideal is to make a long story short…but I have never been known for brevity) As TE and I continue the final race to the finish line on our Malibu home renovation project, we were faced with an age old dilemma. Tile vs. wood kitchen floors?
Pause. I just said age old dilemma but I wonder if it really is an age old dilemma? Have people wondered whether their kitchen floors should be tile or wood for centuries? Has this been an international issue that crosses all borders? Is this a conundrum that even prehistoric man has tried to solve? Will this design crisis be something that plagues all women, men and children in the future? Wood vs tile? Well…probably not…but for right now this is our little dilemma. So it is an age old problem for a month at least. Right? I digress as usual. Un-pause.
Anyhooo…my guy TE and I had to shift gears on our kitchen floors in the 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath house we are remodeling in Malibu – this will be our future home. We were going to do concrete floors in our kitchen and breakfast nook area. We were both set on this concrete (epoxy) look from the beginning. But once the new kitchen extension was framed out, we decided the space might feel a little too cold with the modern concrete flooring. The dilemma was that we had not planned for anything else. So for the last few weeks we have been on a mad dash running around town to different showrooms trying to decide whether to find a great marble tile, porcelain tile or just use the same heavy character wood floors that we are using in the rest of the house in the kitchen.
We are both members of the Soho House here in Los Angeles and we love love love the floors there. So I tracked down the company that made the Soho House grey and white aged looking marble floor tiles and priced those out. Then went to our favorite tile shop in town just last weekend and both of us were excited and overwhelmed. We had nearly decided on a marble and then a limestone and then a porcelain tile and then we remembered we are doing a quartz waterfall countertop (made from Caesarstone)…a waterfall counter has sides that touch the floor.
We worry about using wood in the kitchen for cleaning purposes. We worry about tile because we do not want the space to seem too hollow and cold.
Pros of a wood floor – consistent with rest of the house, softer to the foot, visually warmer on the eye. Pros of tile floor – Easier to clean, less chance of problems with water damage. Hmmm…
We have made a decision but the question was/is, should re rethink the waterfall counter so we could do marble floors, find a nice porcelain tile or keep wood running throughout the house including the kitchen?
See the video above to check out our dilemma.
So what do you think? Wood vs. tile kitchen floors? Look forward to your comments and what has worked for you.