Renovating a home can be a fairly stressful task. Not only is it expensive, but it takes a lot of time and energy. The way we see it, you basically have two options: 1. do the project yourself: saving you money, but taking A LOT of your time, or 2. have someone else complete the project: saving you time, but costing more money.

Regardless of which path you choose, a home reno of any sort is not something you want to redo after a short period of time, so you want to do it right the first time around. There is a seemingly endless list of decisions that need to be made, so choosing things that you feel comfortable with over the long-run should alleviate stress.

We realize how lucky we are to be working on this project together because when it comes to aesthetics, we tend to agree. One thing we always see eye to eye on is tile. We generally lean towards a classic-is-the-way-to-go mentality. That being said, we can certainly appreciate a dash of something bold or trendy like cement tiles or a crazy color!

There are three types of tile that we gravitate towards when thinking about renovating kitchens and bathrooms: subway tile, hex tile, and penny tile.

Each of these types of tile is available in a wide variety of size, color, and finish. You can easily change the look of a room by doing something as simple as varying the grout color or opting for a matte finish instead of glossy.

Just look at the difference between white subway tiles with light vs dark grout:

Or the not so subtle effect a change in finish can have:

Each of these looks is simultaneously classic and unique.

While we are both inclined to choose black/white/neutrals for most things home related, we’ve stumbled across so many unexpected colors of these classic styles.

Some of these are very tempting, and who knows…they might just show up in our bathroom 🙂

Arguably the best quality of these tiles is the ability to mix and match them without ever having to question it (making them the perfect choice for design novices, such as ourselves). Here are a few examples of the many different combinations you can create using just these three simple tiles:

We haven’t gotten to renovating the bathroom in our unit yet, and are just starting to brainstorm more seriously about the kitchen, but you can take a look at how we have already used subway and hex tile in the rental unit bathroom here and here. There’s plenty more to come when we start making the final decisions for our own unit!

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