* Check out this post to find out why we chose Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
So the question remains, which tile did we choose to replace our old green and white checked linoleum floor?
If you guessed Iron Blue, then you’re correct!
As for how we eliminated tile choices, we started with the two lightest tiles – they didn’t “pop” against the white appliances. The darkest tile, graphite, was definitely one of Jeremy’s favorite, but it was difficult to envision the entire floor that same dark color. Although there is variation among the tiles, graphite had the least color variation of all the samples. I was a big fan of the taupe-gray, but we worried that it was too traditional. So, in the end Iron Blue won – there is great color variation, it looks great with the white appliances and it is a little bold.
Now, although LVT claims to be more DIY friendly than ceramic to install (no wet saw, tiles are more forgiving, etc), we did have our floor installed by professionals. The main reason? That cursed linoleum. When installing the cork floor in the downstairs bathroom Jeremy tried to remove the existing linoleum, but it was extremely glued to the cement floor. Instead he just laid the cork on top of the linoleum. For the LVT, we needed to remove the linoleum for a proper install. That gave Jeremy some nightmares. So, we left that to the professionals. Plus, they haul all the waste away, so we didn’t have to deal with that headache either.
What I found interesting is that the installers did not try to peel up the old linoleum, they just cut the floor out. As you can see from the pile in our yard, the linoleum is still glued to the plywood. In the picture above of the kitchen you can see we now have a bare subfloor. Yea, I never would have thought of just cutting out the linoleum. The installers laid new plywood and then applied the adhesive:
The adhesive is super smelly, and takes at least half an hour to “set” before the tile can be laid. Sadly, I don’t have any photos of the installers laying the tile – I tried to stay out of their way.
In addition to laying the LVT, they installed new white shoe molding (quarter-round) to the baseboards, and wooden kick-boards to the cabinets. We previously had brown rubber kick-boards. look closely:
I really love the texture of this tile! They also feel great underfoot – softer and warmer than even the linoleum. The tiles are 16 inch squares and are laid on a diagonal. Both large tiles and the diagonal supposedly make a room look larger, and I think the room does feel larger!
We were considering refinishing the cabinets in a lighter stain, but we are starting to think that the cabinet color goes nicely with the floor. There are some sandy/tan colors in the tiles that tie into the caramelized bamboo and the cabinets. We’re still not fans of the faux-marble green counters, but the floors are really the focal point now. So, I don’t notice the counters as much…
Are you a fan of the new floor? Did we make the right choice with the Iron Blue? Which would you have chosen?