Condo Blues: Concrete Floor Tile Yay or Nay?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Concrete Floor Tile Yay or Nay?

I like the industrial look of concrete floors. They won’t chip. You can clean them with a garden hose if you’re into extreme floor cleaning or have a dog who likes to bring the outside in after.every.walk.

Kitchen Design Plan #483 Don't Tell the Husband Edition has me ripping the vinyl floor covering out of the kitchen and exposing the concrete slab underneath.  I’m not sure how that’s going to work. I wonder if the floor would be colder in winter without some sort of floor covering besides area rugs.

Kitchen Design Plan #484 Husband Will Balk at the Price Edition has radiant floor heat over the slab and covered in concrete tile.

Kitchen Design Plan #485 I Must Be Dreaming Edition has my house magically turning in a stylish space – poof! – without any work from contractors or me and has it looking like this swanky photo and appearing on the front page of Elle Decor.

 Photo courtesy of Ann Sacks

The concrete floor tiles contain 20% post-consumer recycled fly ash and silica fume, which makes my green side happy. The tiles are supposed patina over time, which makes my Mid-Century Modern-Bauhaus-Contemporary-Found-and-Funkified-Retro-DaDa-Danish decorating style happy too.

What do you think? Concrete floor tiles – yay or nay?

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