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Cooper At Home: Our Tile Selections

When we started to build our home I had absolutely no idea of where to start for interior finishes. Sure, I had about 100 Pinterest boards but no real knowledge of brands, finishes or the different elements I would need to select. The first thing I did was find an interior paint color I liked. We wanted a home that was a combination of modern, rustic and southern and I knew I wanted white walls with accents of moody blacks and reclaimed timber. After deciding on an interior wall color, Alabaster White by Sherwin Williams, and black aluminum clad windows I decided to set my sites on the tile selections. In this post I’m going to share all of our tile selections and how The Tile Shop made the process of selecting and ordering tile effortless!

About The Tile Shop

With over 100 stores across the country and an incredible online presence, The Tile Shop is THE place to turn for the widest selection of high-quality tile products! In addition to the over 4,000 tile options they keep in stock, they also offer coordinating finishing pieces, installation materials, and complimentary design services. They can even recommend a list of contractors to help you with the installation of your tile! PLUS you can return unused tile within six months of purchase.

I went into the Charlotte storefront one day after a day of shopping just to see what they offered. I ended up booking an appointment with one of their designers, Julie, and returned with our plans, paint colors, and metal samples from the lighting I was planning to order. In a little over an hour we walked through the entire store and she helped me plan every bathroom, our laundry room and the backsplash for our kitchen. It was so great to be able to communicate to her the look I was going for and where I was ok with spending money verses where I wanted to save and have her be able to know the materials that would work. Honestly, the customer care that I experienced while working with the Tile Shop was unparalleled and I’m officially a customer for life (not to mention I am SO happy with the way their stunning tile has transformed our home!).

Tile in Our Home

Laundry Room

I’ll start with the laundry room since it is the space that surprised me the most. I would have never in 1 million years picked out this flooring or this backsplash but as I was describing what I liked the designer at The Tile Shop said she knew just the tile that would achieve my dream look. Once glance at this Aria Burlap Corda Porcelain floor tile and Laura Ashley Dove Grey backsplash and I was hooked! This room turned out to be one of my favorite spaces in our new home and I can’t wait to add decor, baskets and organizational containers and style this space! The tile that we used as a backsplash can also be a floor and would look dreamy with a subway tile backsplash but I love how it provides a subtle accent for this neutral space.

Dark Grey Built Ins with Gold Hardware

Dark Grey Cabinets with Gold Hardware

Tile Backsplash

Laundry Room Floor // Aria Burlap Corda Porcelain

Laundry Room Backsplash // Laura Ashley Dove Grey

Mud Room

In addition to the incredible selection The Tile Shop offers, they also have spaces all over where flooring tiles are installed. This really helps you gauge different sizes and colors and how it will look in your space. I wanted a dark, slate looking, herringbone floor for our mudroom. After visiting The Tile Shop I decided on a 12″ x 24″ Nain Negro porcelain tile by Fired Earth Ceramics. I originally wanted a smaller tile but this larger size really helps to open up this narrow space. The tile has the look and feel of slate, but it’s actually a durable porcelain tile.

Neutral Mud Room

Mudroom // Nain Negro Porcelain

Master Bath

One of the spaces we chose to invest in was our master bath. We knew we wanted a marble shower, floor and tub and decided to go with differing sizes of the Hampton Carrara Marble. The Tile Shop helped me tremendously with this space as we had to decide what patterns and sizes would best complement each other and how much tile we would need for the shower, tile and floor. I also learned all about niches in the shower wall, chair railing, polished edging and schluter systems when designing a bath. My husband, Zach, is a commercial contractor and we had installers for this space but all of the design and takeoffs were performed by The Tile Shop. I’m so very happy with how it turned out!!

We ended up going with a 4×12 polished Hampton Carrara Marble herringbone layout on floors, 12×24 polished Hampton Carrara Marble offset layout on walls and tub and 2″ hex polished Hampton Carrara Marble shower floor. I chose a double niche in the shower wall, we titled the shower bench and put a chair rail at the top of the shower since it wasn’t going to the ceiling. For the grout we chose Cape Grey grout because I wanted it to be light but not white!

White Marble Master Bathroom with Black Accents
Marble Tile Shower

White Marble Master Bathroom with Black Accents

Marble Tile Shower

White Marble Master Bathroom with Black Accents

Master Bath Tile // Hampton Carrara Marble


I quickly fell in love with the Meram Blanc Carrara Polished Subway Tile and knew I wanted to do our kitchen backsplash in it! I love the way it turned out and how the tones in the tile complement our reclaimed timbers!

All White Cabinets with Gold Hardware

Bright and Airy Kitchen

Kitchen Backsplash // Meram Blanc Carrara Polished Subway Tile

Guest Bath

Our guest room is downstairs in what I lovingly refer to as “man land” where all of Zach’s favorite rooms are. We wanted the bathroom to be dark and moody and rustic and decided to go with a 4″ x 12″ Ashford Carrara Marble in an offset pattern on the walls and a 2″ hex floor with pewter grout. For the floors, we chose a 12″ x 24″ Nain Negro Porcelain which is the same flooring that we used in the mudroom.

Marble Tiled ShowerMarble Tiled Shower

Guest Bath Shower // Ashford Carrara Marble

Guest Bath Floor // Nain Negro Porcelain

Girls Bath

For the girls’ room and the playroom baths I wanted clean, simple and affordable. 3″ x 6″ Ceramic Subway Tile on the shower and a durable 12″ x 24″ Calacutta Bianco Porcelain on the floor achieved that! We used cape grey grout everywhere to not only tie the two patterns together but also to add a little definition to the subway tile. I also don’t hate that it hides dirt a lot better than lighter grouts!

White & Grey Bathroom

Girls Bath Floor // Calacutta Bianco Porcelain

Girls Bath Walls // Ceramic Subway Tile

Complete Tile Source List

I couldn’t recommend The Tile Shop enough if you are looking for tile for your home. They were professional, helpful and went above and beyond to help me achieve the look I wanted. They will help you with designing your spaces, selecting the perfect materials to fit your look and budget and provide invaluable insight as you build. We were even able to return unopened boxes for restocking! Honestly, I couldn’t say enough nice things about the entire experience and hope you consider using them for your building or remodeling needs!

Guest Bath // Ashford Carrara Marble

Mudroom // Nain Negro Porcelain

Playroom Bath // Ceramic Subway Tile

Playroom Bath Floor // Calacutta Bianco Porcelain

Kitchen Backsplash // Meram Blanc Carrara Polished Subway Tile

Girls Bath Floor // Calacutta Bianco Porcelain

Girls Bath Walls // Ceramic Subway Tile

Master Bath Floor // Hampton Carrara Marble

Master Bath Shower Floor // Hampton Carrara Marble

Master Bath Wall // Hampton Carrara Marble

Laundry Room Backsplash // Laura Ashley Dove Grey

Laundry Room Floor // Aria Burlap Corda Porcelain

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  1. Andrea Haebig says:

    Love your choices. What color grout did you use in the kitchen with the Meram Blanc subway tile? It’s what I’ve purchased for our kitchen but I’m seeing very few images online. Are you still happy with your backsplash?

  2. Julie says:

    Hi Cristin! So curious what bathroom tile floor you have ended up loving more now that you’ve lived in it – the real marble floor in your master or durable easy-care porcelain in girls room + other spaces. We are debating back and forth for our master bath and cannot decide.