Mar 3, 2008

If a tiling project is next on your list, check out CoolTiles before you do a thing. Their webstore is a virtual warehouse of tile in glass, stone, metal, and even blended medium, like a combo marble/stainless steel mosaic. They also carry a large selection of hardware, such as drawer pulls and hooks. Some of the more decorative items are a little hokey (seashell pulls, grapes-on-the-vine tiles, etc) but keep looking and you'll find some hidden gems.

Jump down for a price summary and a gallery of bathroom inspiration.

We didn't compile a full CoolTiles price list (because that would have taken forever) but we did notice that everything is marked as on sale. Glass tiles range from $6 - $22 per sq ft. This Crystile Brick Fiesta Blend (on left) is on sale for $19.39/sq ft. The marble tiles also seemed fairly priced, with this pretty 1" Ming Green Marble Mosaic Tile (center) costing $16.91 per sq. ft. The metal tiles jump up a bit (averaging about $24/sq ft) and the fancier hardware seems somewhat steep. But how can you really put a price on T-Shirt Cabinet Knobs ($10.35 each).

If you're only entertaining the idea of tiling, browsing through the collections on CoolTiles is a great way to track tile trends and to see which colors and patterns jump out to you. They also have a photo gallery, making it easy to see how the swatches translate into a finished job. Many of the close-up images aren't very good (blurry or shot at weird angles) but you can rest easy because CoolTiles does accommodate sample orders.
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