When should you rip out brand new tile?
Here was the scenario:
This was a brand new house and the kitchen tile had just been installed–it was not grouted yet. When I saw it I recommended that they bite the bullet and pull it out.
My exact words were, ‘This will bug you every single day.” And she replied, “It’s already bugging me.”
But, they were already over budget.
One of the reasons I prefer hardwood in kitchens over tile is because if you choose anything other than white (which would only be appropriate in very limited circumstances), the colours in that tile pretty much dictate the colour of your kitchen FOREVER.
And there are so many people who don’t think about how bossy tile is until it’s installed and they realize the colours they wanted on the walls will now either clash or not relate at all.
If you are in this dilemma right now and are wondering how big of an impact on your life it will be to keep it installed ask yourself this question: Whenever you have learned something new, how many mistakes have you made?
In other words, give yourself some slack on this decision. If you have chosen everything and then decided after something was installed that you hate it, it’s ok. These decisions are hard – and stressful – especially if you were pressed for time while choosing it. The client in the above example worked full-time while trying to manage their new build.
So, before you shrug it off and move on with your new build or renovation, think about it.
When you should keep it.
If you didn’t get the tile in your bathroom just perfect, you can probably live with that. But, if it’s a main living space where you spend the majority of your time it might be worth a second (or third) conversation.
I spend quite a bit of time shopping for miscellaneous items for clients, and as you know, every time you buy anything for your house you are making a colour decision. White or cream? Brown or black? Green or purple? And what happens when you get it right and your friends come over and comment? If it’s right you congratulate yourself, if it’s wrong you talk about that too.
Wouldn’t it be happier and less stressful to just pull out the offending tile if you have made a mistake?
In the example above, the house was traditional which worked perfectly with the entry/hall tile and did not work at all with the suddenly contemporary connecting tile in the kitchen. Not to mention the fact that it made no sense to suddenly change from one tile to something else completely different.
If you have chosen all the finishes for your brand new house (without a designer–a good one can be hard to find just like anyone creative) at least make sure you have read my eBook on undertones to make certain you have not picked a bunch of conflicting tile colours that will boss you around until the day you move.
When you rent it’s so much easier to ignore something bad than if you paid good money to install tile. And, that will bother you forever.
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