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TileTramp is happy to offer free online consultations to help solve your designing woes!

Whether you simply want confirmation that the choices you are leaning towards will last for the long haul, or you need help coordinating your renovation from scratch, please don’t hesitate to email me at

It’s what I do for a living, and I truly love assisting my clients to help build their dream spaces!

37 Responses to “Free Online Consultations”
  1. Erica says:


    We are remodeling our home and would love to use hexagon or honeycomb tiles on our bathroom floors. What are the pros and cons with those tiles? How important is it to have them sealed? Also, do you have recs on where we can see hexagon/honeycomb tiles with different color grout? Thanks so much!

    • Tile Tramp says:

      Hi Erica,

      Thanks for the comment, I would love to help! Excellent choice using the hexagon tile for your bathroom; it’s a very classic look that will never be out of style.

      The pros with using a tile like that are many… first of all, as previously stated, it’s not a “trendy” look. It emerged around the same time that subway tile was introduced in the New York City subway lines and it hasn’t really lost popularity since. Second of all, the smaller tiles give excellent traction in an area that can become quite slippery. Third of all, if you use a contrasting grout, it can help hide dirt.

      In terms of cons, there’s only really one I can think of. Anytime you use smaller tiles, there will be more cleaning required as more grout is visible. However, if you put a good seal on your grout this can be made much easier. I would re-seal annually to make sure you don’t want to pull your hair out 🙂

      As for pictures, here’s a white tile with dark gray grout (my favorite combination)

      Here’s a carrera hexagon used with a warm gray grout (also beautiful)

      Here’s a black and white combo with charcoal grout

      Here’s an unglazed white hexagon with a white grout (I would have some concerns about using this in a bathroom, but it’s a nice look)

      Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions Erica!

      • Shannon says:

        Hi there!

        We are doing the bathroom floors in our 1913 farmhouse and hope to use a hexagonal tile but can’t seem to find a supplier in Canada!


        We are looking for 1″ or 2″ hex all white and white and black tiles. We live in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

        Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

        Thank you so much!

      • Tile Tramp says:

        I know Walker Zanger carries a hexagon tile in both white gloss, white matte, and black matte in 1″. The price isn’t too bad on them either. You can find your local supplier on the Walker Zanger website: Hope that helps!

      • Mario cirignani says:

        Hello, great site. I am having our master bath redone. The designer ( more a kitchen designer than bathroom) has preliminarily designed a bathroom using a 3×6 subway tile as a border on the floor which will be a one inch hex tile. Is this a good idea? I have read several comments that a three by six (same tile used on wall) should not be used on the floor. She is attempting to give the room a ” carpeted” look.

        Also, I see you do not recommend white grout for a bathroom, why?


      • Tile Tramp says:

        Thanks! Actually, your designer is correct. 3×6 is perfectly fine as a border on the floor and will, as mentioned, create a carpet effect. There may be some misconception about the fact that it’s a ceramic and therefore a softer material, but ceramic has been used in bathrooms for literally hundreds of years and will be fine,especially because it’s going around the perimeter. As for the grout, I don’t recommend white because it can be very difficult to keep clean and it yellows over time. This is why I suggest a very, very light gray which solves both problems: it won’t yellow, and it hides dirt quite well. A light gray also won’t create dramatic contrast, and in many cases I’ve seen, people actually don’t always notice the difference.

      • tina says:

        Hey, love your site… bit of a long shot but do you know of any supplier in Ireland or the UK??

  2. alison says:

    I’d love your input on my tile backsplash in my kitchen! I’m redoing my kitchen as follows: glossy white cabinets, medium grey countertops, honey oak floors. I’d love to do a backsplash with medium-blue subway tiles. Any recommendations of particular shade of blue, or type of tile, or where to get them? The above description is as far as I’ve got in my thinking, so I’d love your thoughts, any and all!

    • Tile Tramp says:

      Hi Alison! I’d be more than happy to help you; could you email me any photos of your materials? When it comes to color, I really don’t feel right giving my opinion without seeing exactly what you’re working with because undertones can make or break a design! Lighting is also very important, so if you have any photos of the space you’re remodeling, it would be very helpful. My email is I look forward to hearing from you!

  3. Debbie says:

    We’re remodeling both of our bathrooms and our kitchen. Our kitchen is white cabinets with black countertops and we wanted to do white subway tiles. What grout color would you use? Also, should we use ceramic or glass tiles?

    For our bathroom I want a white clean look and I bought teal glass subway tiles and 6×6 ceramic white tiles. What design would you suggest? We also have white cabinets and I can’t decide the countertop color? Any ideas??? I would love to hear from you.

  4. Frances says:

    Redoing a kitchen floor – have white cabinets and white appliances. Have picked out a marbled beige tile that also picks up color for adjoining hardwood floor. The tile looks great beside the white however, I wonder if it will clash with all the white once the entire floor is covered? I have black granite counter tops and thinking of doing glass tiles above the back splash or should I stick with coordinating the tiles with the floor?

  5. terese says:

    Hi Frances,
    I am doing a mini remodel of my kitchen and need some advice! I am replacing my green colored granite with soapstone on the areas where there are wood cabinets and calacutta marble on the island…not sure what works for my back splash…will send pics thank YOU!!!

  6. SUSAN says:

    I have giallo ornamental granite as counter tops in the kitchen with medium tone wood cabinets. I have a floor tile that is a cool tone of blueish green that i love. The floor tile a medium deep color taking on a hint more of blue. I want a more modern classy look with a pop in the back splash, with out making it look like a carnival. I need it to be a brighter color due to the lack of light in my kitchen. I was thinking a lime green glass piano or subway tile verses a white subway glass that picks up my floor color when on the wall with some piano tile with stone and glass mix in it. I’m looking for the wow factor here and I do not want to dull down my kitchen. I don’t use cabinet under lighting. what would you recommend? Thanks Susan!!

  7. Sam Mehta says:

    I want to put subway tile on wall between counter top and cabinet. is their any special spacers available as cross spacers does not work. My floor tile is diamond shape. Your guidance will be appreciated. MY floor tiles are beige/light brown matt finish, counter top is antique brown, cabinets are maple harvest gold and wall tiles wants to use glossy (two raws beige, one brown, two beige and one brown – 3″ x 6″ tile)

  8. I am thinking about doing my 5 by 8ft bathroom over. I was wondering if the ceramic tile waincoting is something I can buy locally or do you sell it. Would regular tile installers install it. What is the price for these panels?

    • Tile Tramp says:

      Unfortunately I’m not actually selling online, only locally at the boutique store that I work for, but I’m choosing to remain anonymous. If I were you, I would phone a local tile store near you to get pricing and availability. If they don’t sell it, they may be able to refer you to a store that does.

  9. Hello,

    I stumbled on your blog/website while doing a search for wood grain tiles. I saw your offer of free online consultation and am taking the opportunity to ask a few questions.

    We are in the midst of a kitchen overhaul. Going with Bryn Mawr shaker style mocha colored cabinetry. Half the old kitchen has natural oak hardwood flooring and the other half was tiled. I would like to match the hardwood floor in the kitchen with wood grain tiles (any suggestions?)

    We are stuck with a choice between wild Vyara Gold or Jupareno Vyara gold granite. But have already chosen to paint the kitchen a light daffodil yellow. We just have one wall rest of the walls are covered with cabinetry or doors/windows.

    Can you suggest a splash back design? Would like to have glass mosiac simply because it looks bright and seems resistant to cooking. We cook a lot of meals!

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    • Tile Tramp says:

      Hi Arundhati – Off the top of my head, I’m inclined to say that trying to match the wood in your kitchen isn’t a great idea…only because the choices in the market right now for wood-grain tile are somewhat limited, and you will never have an exact match. Rather than looking like you tried to match it but couldn’t, it would be better to find a floor tile you like, or you could attempt installing a wood-grain tile and trying to stain the rest of your wood to match it. I just don’t think this is going to work out very well, it would be quite difficult to get an exact match with a stain.

      I can’t really suggest a backsplash design without seeing the space, but I’d be happy to give you my two cents if you could send me a photo of your kitchen to me, my email is

  10. Sara Phillips says:

    We have purchased a home that has white 16″ tiles with black grouting in foyer, fam. Room, dining area and kitchen. It is a very open house plan and we would like to replace the white kitchen cabinets. All appliances are white and a lt green wall (what there is). What type wood should I use for the custom cabinets as we would like our home to look warm and homey. Thanks so much for your help. Sara Phillips

    • Tile Tramp says:

      Hi Sara – It would really be hard to make a recommendation without seeing a photo of a couple of the spaces, particularly the kitchen and the adjoining rooms. Could you send me some photos at That way I would feel confident in my recommendation. I don’t want to steer you the wrong way!

  11. Mario Cirignani says:

    What a great site. I thank you for your wonderful contribution to others.

  12. Kathy meyer says:

    Hello tile tramp I am in the process of building a kitchen with lower cabinets only. I loved your idea of a subway tile back splash but my question is how far up the wall do I need to tile? Signed confused.

  13. Jamie says:

    I’m looking for a backsplash design/material idea that would pair well with a rustic theme. Lots of exposed wood and field stone. We also have granite counter tops that has medium to large ‘swirls’. Should I use something modern mixed with the rustic theme?? Have been thinking about using a shiny, glass amber backsplash giving it a modern feel with rustic color palette. Need suggestions – up for anything. Thanks!

  14. Jorge says:


    I have just tiled my micro laundry room and use the same tile on the kitchen (small) can I send you a photo so you can suggest me a grout color ??? i was thinking in using a tile like color (laticrete 1600 sauterne)

  15. Julie Brubaker says:


    We are looking to tile a small area of backsplash in our kitchen. I am leaning towards a chocolate brown glass subway tile. My husband is afraid this will be too dark with our dark granite and like the look of a travertine subway tile. I am afraid this might be dated. We are open to suggestions, what do you think?

    I have sent you some photos of the kitchen to your gmail account.

    Thank you

  16. Jen says:


    I LOVE this blog! I’d love some of your wonderful advice! We are doing a gut remodel of our very small 1920’s kitchen and I’ll need to coordinate flooring, countertops and backsplash. Here are some parameters….flooring needs to NOT be wood (we’re installing a radiant heat floor); backsplash of choice is either glass subway tile or carrara marble subway tile; countertop may be black granite (if we can salvage the existing one) but I’m open to suggestion for an alternative in case we have to get that replaced; and, finally, the color scheme is white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Help?!

  17. Rochelle Banner says:

    I am doing a kitchen backsplash using using the following tiles: Panaria petra latina (color bruno impero) 3 x 6 subway tiles and Market Collection Luxe collection 1″ crackled glass tiles (colors Cayenne, Sandlewood and Cohiba) for accent. I originally was going to have this done in a pinwheel design, but I am second guessing myself and although I love the tiles I picked out, I am worried about the design as being overpowering. The kitchen is traditional. The cabinets are whitewashed maple. the countertop is granite (ivory fantasy) with the accent colors and the floor is light tan ceramic.. Do you have some design alternate suggestions for these tiles?

  18. Patty says:

    Hi, we are remodeling our bathroom, all white using subway tile 4×6 in bath/shower and 12″sq on floor, trying to decide on grout.. Vanity is white with a multicolor top with tans, light and dark and some light Choc brown..
    Would like to use a light brown/cocoa color grout. What do you think?

  19. JOE BOGLE says:

    Hi my name is Joe in Albuq NM. I saw a 4 minute video on penny floors. They had a Penny Templet to use to make the tiles. It looked like it was made for the Pennys. Do you know where I can get a couple of the Templets. Thanks Joe 505-293-6509

  20. barbara bills says:

    Are you still active?? I notice no other correspondence since winter 2012 on your site.


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