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07/02/2014 at 17:31
07/02/2014 at 17:51
We've got such a small amount of actual kitchen floor we opted for this www.carpetright.co.uk/mardi-gras-48-spotted-gum-gloss-vinyl-3.html the amount we needed including fitting was about £100 so it will be easily replaced if we ever need to.
07/02/2014 at 17:54
We have a travertine floor in our kitchen - similar to this
It was laid 2 years ago and the grout is still fine , it washes really well, the only slight draw back is it feels a bit cold in bare feet!!
07/02/2014 at 21:26
We have creamy/beige/neutral tiles with white grout & every 2-3 months I'm down on my hands & knees using grout whitener. The tiles clean fine but when grout is dirty they look dirty. Don't know what the solution is as we def needed light coloured tiles. I actually don't mind the painting but it's getting the time to do it. Just sthing to bear in mind.
08/02/2014 at 05:39
We have grey have both, in one kitchen we have grey Matt coloured tiles with grey grout and so easy to keep clean. We would be the opposite way to you and have beige tiles in the hallway.
In our other kitchen we have white/ beige tiles and agree with above it is difficult to keep clean, it seems to show the dirt much quicker than our grey tiles.
I don't have any pics on my phone but will see what I can find when I get home if it helps?.
08/02/2014 at 10:08
Our current tiles are beigey, not my taste but we can't afford to change them yet&theyre in good condition. In our old house we had lovely large dark slate grey tiles which we used a grey grout for. Worked great, no need to clean grout at all, just mopped it all.
08/02/2014 at 11:53
Is your kitchen warm? I had black tiles fitted in my last house, but it was one of those 4 storey houses with the kitchen and garage on the bottom floor, although it was practical as the kitchen/diner had patio doors it was always freezing down there.
On the grout question in this house I put beigey coloured tiles in our downstairs toilet with cream grout. It was a bit of a patch up job as the house was an old vicarage which had been abandoned by the church, so the toilet was the least of our worries but I wanted it useable. However within 6 months it looked a mess and even with a steamer it never totally cleaned the grout. So I've bought some more tiles to redo it, but it's not been done yet as our tile cutter got pinched recently. Oh and I'm going for darker grout.
08/02/2014 at 17:14
08/02/2014 at 17:16
08/02/2014 at 21:57
We have 300 x 600 brick bonded slate tiles with light grey grout. 4 years, a muddy puppy and lots of building work later it still looks as good as new :) Illustrated by said puppy above!
08/02/2014 at 22:01
We have tiles and I wouldn't get them when we replace the kitchen (tiles were already there). They are cold, hard, N has proper cracked his head on them before! And they are grubby in the grouting. They look dirty.
Plus a builder friend of mine once told me that if you have tiles and something leaks somewhere you have to destroy your kitchen floor taking the tiles up. He said it wasn't worth it. If I had a choice I would get some nice laminate. If you spend a bit more there's some nice stuff out there.
09/02/2014 at 10:45
We've got slate tiles - they're a mixture of grey and other colours, so not as uniform looking as Vix's tiles in the photo above. We didn't fit them. They are cold - there is underfloor heating but we rarely put this on. I just wear slippers. My daughter doesn't seem to mind - even in the winter she will be wandering round with bare feet on them. The grouting does get discoloured but just needs quick scrub with a brush to clean up. The one advantage of them is that they don't show up the dirt much. My friend has cream flooring and that shows up everything.
LadyLauraLou has a good point in that if there is a problem we might have a rip up the entire floor to get to it.
09/02/2014 at 16:15
09/02/2014 at 21:25
We have sandy coloured large tiles on the floor, we didn't put them in, they were there before we moved. Whoever put them in chose a sort of dark grey cement colour grouty thing, so they are the colour they are, don't look dirty as such! I like having real tiles, but if you drop something it smashes into a zillion pieces and goes EVERYWHERE, and it's cold under foot in winter (but lovely and cool in summer).
10/02/2014 at 08:51
my husband is a tiler so we have tiles tiles every where. this is out finished kitchen now (we have the kick boards on since this pic) we finished it just before New Year.
10/02/2014 at 08:52
and yes grout can disclour over time.
10/02/2014 at 17:01
thanks for all your replies. I'm going to come back to this thread with more questions and ideas!
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