The first big finish decision I have to make for my studio is flooring. It’ll still be quite a while before I can actually install flooring in there, but the crew will be here today working on the floor joists, and they might even get some of the subfloor installed. In order for them to know what height to install the floor joists, they needed to know what type of flooring I’ll be putting in there so that there can be a smooth transition from the breakfast room to the studio.
When I initially started planning the space, I just assumed that I’d carry the same red oak hardwood flooring from the breakfast room into the studio, which will be just beyond the gray door (that exterior door will be removed and reused elsewhere)…
As far as looks go, I think that hardwood would be the prettiest option. I love the idea of having the same flooring throughout my entire house, with the exception of the bathrooms and mud room. But after giving it some more thought, I’m thinking that hardwood flooring probably isn’t the best option for the studio.
I’ll be using a massive rolling workroom table in there, upholstering furniture, and working on other projects that could very easily damage the floor. I could see hardwood flooring in the studio needing to be screened and refinished once a year because of how rough I could potentially be on the floor.
And I’ll readily admit that when it comes to form vs. function, I’m not always the best at prioritizing function. In fact, I’m the opposite. If I can’t have both, and I have to choose either form or function, I’ll choose the prettier option 80% of the time. And I make no apologies for it.
But I really want and anticipate this room to be a very hardworking room, so I think I need something much more durable than wood floors. I’m leaning towards tile. And for a while, I considered vinyl tile. Vinyl tile has come so far in the last decade or so. I had it throughout the condo, and while in hindsight I wish I had chosen a different color, the actual product was amazing.
It was incredibly durable, was very easy to install, and could be grouted like real tile. And if one of the tiles happened to get damaged, it was very easy to take that tile up and replace it with a new one. I think I only had to do that twice, so it wasn’t a regular thing. But it was nice to have that option. I also like that vinyl tile stays a more constant temperature throughout the year. In other words, it doesn’t get really cold in the winter.
But even with all of its wonderful qualities, I think I’m going to steer away from vinyl tile this time. Right now, I’m leaning towards real tile (ceramic or porcelain) mainly because of the durability. And my plan right now is to find a medium to light gray or gray/white combo a 12 x 24 size installed in a herringbone pattern.
Why a herringbone pattern? Well, I do love a herringbone, which should be obvious from my kitchen. But the real reason is that I’d be willing to bet money that there’s not one corner in my garage that’s actually square, or that the width from one side to the other is actually consistent. So I want to choose a tile pattern that will disguise those inconsistencies.
And a herringbone pattern seems to fit that bill better than most other tile pattern options.
As far as color goes, I’d love to find something on the light gray side that will coordinate with my Benjamin Moore Classic Gray paint color that I’ve used in the breakfast room, living room, entryway, and music room. And I really like the tiles that have the striae look to them like these…