Creating our Dream Kitchen No. 1 / Fireclay Tile

This post is sponsored by Fireclay Tile, but as always, all opinions are my own!

When putting together our ideas for the new kitchen space, we knew we wanted to bring in new tile for the backsplash, but only dreamed of re-doing the floors as well. Before we were even given the green light by the owners of our building to re-do the kitchen, I spent A LOT of time stalking my favorite tile company, Fireclay Tile. I loved their expansive color, pattern and size options, and was absolutely floored (forgive my pun) when I discovered their hand-painted collections.

Once we found out that we could go ahead with a kitchen reno (more on that later), the first thing we did was order an embarrassing amount of samples, since we couldn’t decide between going neutral or bringing in some color. Spoiler alert: we went neutral.

fireclaytileblog5.jpg

I fell immediately for Feldspar in the 2x6 size. It’s neutral off white tone and the natural texture was swoon-worthy, to say the least. The color immediately gave the room a warm and earthy look, and I LOVED it.

After spending what felt like weeks on Youtube watching any and all DIY tiling tutorials, we decided we would be able to manage to tile ourselves. We (let’s be real, David took over and pretty much installed the entire backsplash and floor himself) started with the backsplash and were pleasantly surprised by how straightforward the process was. I have another post coming down the pipeline with links to all of the videos and articles we found most helpful!

Fireclayblog2.jpg
Fireclayblog3.jpg

The finished backsplash! We had to go up to 30” since we are not installing a hood, but that’s a story for another time. Once we settled on Feldspar, I knew the Fallow hand-painted tile in their White Motif would look killer on the floor. When we were mapping it out, I couldn’t believe how perfectly it fit into our scheme. To be honest, my design decisions are made mostly on gut feeling, and I can only hope that everything looks as good in real life as it does in my head - ha! It’s not usually recommended to installed glossy tile on the floor, but I liked how the Fallow is a mix of matte and glossy glazes, which allows for a lot of natural light to bounce around, but is not glossy enough to be slippery.

fireclayblog1.jpg

Installing the floors proved to be bit more labor intensive than the backsplash, but once it was all in place, the hard work felt SO worth it. We still need to grout the floor, but we’re well on our way to the kitchen of our dreams!

Thank you, Fireclay Tile!

Mallory FletchallComment