When selecting tile for your home, it’s great to go with what you love. But be careful if “what you love” happens to be quirky, trendy or comes in a really distinct, dark color. Tile generally enhances a home’s resale value. By going with tile products that have timeless looks with broad appeal, you’re set to really connect with potential buyers should that day come.
There are many tile options that show beautifully (think great first impressions for your open house!) and have been known to woo potential buyers with their classic, sophisticated appeal. Here are three examples for those of you selecting tile with resale value in mind.
Whether marble conjures images of delicate French country kitchens or illustrious wealth and elegance, this classic stone has truly proven its timeless appeal, spanning centuries and continents with its popularity. Marble radiates a warmth and softness that other natural surfaces can’t compete with and comes in a wide range of subtle colors for every designer palette. If you’re aiming for a classic, timeless quality with elegance to boot, marble should be in the running. If you opt for marble, explore and understand its maintenance. As a natural product, it will change and wear over time, but if well cared for, those changes are part of its charm. The patina that is created from everyday wear and tear offers a charm reminiscent of historic European architecture and carries forward marble’s timeless quality.
Three classic marble selections from our collection:
1. Bianco Carrara – Polished
2. Crema Marfil Marble – Antique Brushed
3. Calacatta Gold Marble Honed
PORCELAIN TILE IN THE LOOK OF NATURAL STONE
Porcelain tile is popular for its practicality and durability, as well as its lasting beauty. With a hard, dense body, porcelain tile is made to withstand the wear and tear of foot traffic and resist moisture, stains and even extreme weather conditions if installed outdoors. Today’s manufacturers have advanced technology to replicate even intricate, natural stone looks. That means porcelain tile can capture the appearance of Mother Nature’s creations yet outperform them with superior technical characteristics. Natural stone looks fit just about any design style, from modern to classic to vintage to traditional..
Three of our favorite porcelains that mimic natural stone:
1. Creme Brulee Porcelain
2. Vein Cut Silver Travertine Porcelain
3. Chocolate Porcelain
The early 20th century gave birth to an era of subway tile and boy, are we glad. A distinctive charm and warm radiates from the classic surfacing material. Whether it’s the rectangular shape or brick-like pattern when displayed in a row, subway tile remains a classic and clean look that surpasses the test of time. Subway tiles look completely at ease in a quaint English cottage a well as an urban loft. They also invite custom patterns and designs; they look timelessly sophisticated in a chevron or herringbone pattern, for example.
Our top three choices for timeless subway tile:
1. Ice White – 3×6 Glossy Subway Tile
2. Dark Grey – 3×6 Glossy Subway Tile
3. Tender Grey – 3×6 Glossy Subway Tile
While resale is definitely a reality for the majority of homeowners (you never know where the winds may blow you!), it’s crucial you truly love your home. Make your space your own and fill it with what you love. William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” And we agree. Part of the joy of being a homeowner is calling the shots – that’s half the fun! It’s your house, and your style and taste are crucial.