Need help finding a coordinating shower floor tile!
May 14, 2013 in Design Dilemma
My shower is 30"x60" (was formerly a tub/shower combo) and I'm going for a contemporary-bordering-modern look. I was planning on using Emser Strands, Twilight, 12x24 tile in a straight lay on the walls, but I really don't like the patchwork look of the matching floor tile (picture 1) and I wanted a little contrast between the wall and floor.

I had fallen in love with the Cool Grays mosaics from Shades by Crossville (picture 2) but found out it was way over my budget at ~$30/sq ft. I'm looking for a coordinating gray ceramic/porcelain tile, rectangular (square is second preference) in the $15 sq/ft. Does anyone have any suggestions? I really don't want the pebble look, nor do I have any natural-stone type elements in my house.

My last resort is going to be DalTile Veranda Solids, Titanium, 3x3 mosiac, but I can't find any examples of the mosaic to visualize the color variation and the DalTile showroom nearby doesn't have any. You can't even order a sample of the 3x3 on their website.
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Before ditching the first example, think about grout color. Not sure if you would change your mind if the grout was a contrasting color to the tile. A white or light gray grout would certainly lighten up the tile. That said, your shower seems like it will be very dark, unless you have a good light source coming in.
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How about a less expensive ceramic tile, then do accent bands of the high end tile you love? Design thought only..not the color. Light gray 12 x 24 on the walls horizontally, then the high end band??

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I am doing my bathroom in a similar way, and have spent a great deal of time looking at title options. I have ended up falling in love with LEA Ceramiche Slimtech, which is very modern, subtle, and blends with the colors you're using.
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@colonialgp, it's the criss-cross nature of the strands pattern that I don't like with the floor tile. Else I would consider it in a slightly lighter gray. @sstarr93 I love your bathroom. It's the overall color palette I'm going for, I'm going to look into any mosaic tiles from that designer.
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Well that's not my actual bathroom, unfortunately! It is from the LEA brochure!
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