Pebble Tile?

Well, as hard as the airline made it for us, we finally arrived home last night. I felt awful for the kids this morning, who were obviously suffering from the late night and time change. As much as we all wanted to climb back into bed, work and school awaited…as does my contractor, who wants my decisions on bathroom tile pronto!

Since we’re not doing a major overhaul, just trying to repair the damage, while upgrading the materials, I’m going to keep it simple. I’ve decided on a white subway tile for the walls, and am thinking of a river rock/pebble tile for the shower floor.

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Since the bathroom is right off the pool, I like the outdoor vibe of the river rocks. Do you have any experience with this tile? Is it comfortable on your feet? Does it hold up well over time? Tell me what you think! I’ll try to get my act together (after crawling out from under my laundry pile), and keep you updated on this fast-moving project!

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  1. No experience with the pebble tile, but it's a great transition if it's close to the pool. Welcome back. Sorry the trip was so rough. It's never fun when the flying is so tough. Can't wait to see your fun photos of SF.

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  2. I've heard it's quite therapeutic on your feet…and I think it looks cool, which has to count for something, right? Can't wait to see it all come together!

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  3. I think this would look perfect in a poolside bathroom! My only concern would be cleaning the grout…wondering if it would be more difficult than regular tile? I hate cleaning, so I like to make it as simple as possible. 🙂

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  4. A neighbor of ours had it, and I LOVE the look but I though it seemed uncomfortable on my feet. I stood in the shower (dry) to see what it would feel like. I think if the grout was higher, it would help with the uneveness. I also worry about keeping it clean because those grout lines might be a real pain. BUT, still love the look so go for it if you have your heart set on it!

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  5. Susan wrote:

    We used a shower with pebble tile once when we were out of town. It looked cool, but it was a little uncomfortable for me. I had just been running around for an hour in cleats though, so that might have something to do with it. My husband didn't have any complaints and he was running around too. If there are different levels of smoothness/bumpiness I would say go toward the smooth and even options.

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  6. Michaela wrote:

    I've been in a few bathrooms with river rock and they are amazing. If you get a type that isn't to raised (a more smooth feel) they're really great and they heat up nice for your feet in the shower. Like when you get a pedi and they do a hot stone massage (: I think it's a great choice!

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  7. Simply LKJ wrote:

    No experience with it, but have a friend who has it and I love the look! Great for a poolside bathroom.

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  8. nope, but it is FAB! 🙂

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  9. You poor dears! Those mean ol' airlines!!! Glad you are back safe and sound so you can keep me stocked with pretty pictures (c: I love the look of river rocks…but I have to admit, I'm concerned about how comfy it is…I think I would definitely want to give it a "test drive" (or test stand, whatever) before committing…but then I just might be a commitment-phobe (c:

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  10. What a nightmare, you guys! Glad you're home though.

    My BIL had pebble tile in his guest bathroom and it was still pretty smooth (like this post's first photo vs. the second photo which seems like the pebbles stick up much more)

    Having said that, I think it's fabulous looking 🙂 Loooooove it! So now you've got my stamp of approval feel free to move on to your next dilemma 😉 haha!

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  11. I agree with Courtney about it being a great transition. It's gorgeous, natural, and I think it feels great underfoot!

    Marissa
    http://www.roost-home.blogspot.com

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  12. Welcome home!! I love the look of that pebble tile, especially since it coordinates so well with your outdoor space. And you can never go wrong with subway tile.

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  13. Glad you made it home safe (eventually!) I've not used these tiles before, but i think if they are put in well they will probs be very comfy and smooth underfoot!

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  14. I love the look of the pebble tile…very spa like. And you can't go wrong with subway tiles. I say go for it!

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  15. I love this look – very clean and resort like! My laundry pile never goes away! UGH!

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    I have this in a spare bathroom that doesn't get much use. Love the look, feels fine under my feet, but that grout!! Soooo hard to keep clean! I don't know what I am doing wrong but I feel like I am on my hands and knees in that darn bathroom once a week scrubbing the grout with a little wire brush. It just gets dingy looking. Maybe it seems so hard to clean because it's not nice straight grout lines that you can run a brush right down? Who knows. I might choose a darker grout if I had it to do over…

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  17. Shanna wrote:

    I love your plans! I have no first hand (er … foot?) experience with pebble tile but it looks awesome. Can't wait to follow along and live vicariously, as I totally hate my bathrooms, which are stuck in 1963.

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  18. Love the look of the pebble tile!! I think it would be fab on the floor!

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  19. It would be a good transition. I actually don't like the feel of it, but thats just me.

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  20. You might want to do a barefoot test first but it definitely looks great!

    Posted 10.25.11 Reply
  21. Tiffany wrote:

    Any chance you want to give a shout out for your contractor? We are having similar bathroom issues, live in the same area, and need to move quickly. I think the pebble tile looks fun for a bathroom that is near the outdoor family area. Good luck!

    Posted 10.26.11 Reply
  22. Tiffany — YES, I'd love to hook you up with him. Shoot me an email so I can give you the contact info (your profile is private, so I can't contact you)!

    Posted 10.26.11 Reply
  23. emily wrote:

    I have no experience with the pebble tile, but I love the look of it paired with white subway tile!

    And I know you're tired when you say "as hard as the airline made it for us" and you don't follow it up with a TWSS.

    Posted 10.26.11 Reply
  24. Ali wrote:

    I love the combination of the simple white subway tile with the pebble floors! I can't wait to see it when its all done

    Posted 10.26.11 Reply
  25. Pia @Jello wrote:

    Hey! We have pebble tile for our shower floor and standing river rock for the shower walls and we LOVE IT!! It looks amazing and I have not regretted the choice once in nearly 5 years. I have a friend who did the entire bathroom floor in pebble tile, I wouldn't recommend that. But for the shower it's heaven!!! Do it! I would be sure to do the sealer on it not to protect it (never have had a problem with loose or mildewy stones) but because it looks so much better! The "wet" look really brings out the colors. also be sure to have them use a grout that blends perfectly with the overall tone. We used a dark grey grout and its fabulous!
    good luck with al of it. I know it can be a pain in the honey during construction, but isn't it fun to choose all the details and see it all come together? Yay for you!!!

    Posted 10.26.11 Reply
  26. Oh, I like that idea! Pebble tile makes me want to take off my shoes and feel the texture with my toes. TMI? Maybe 😉

    And let me guess… You flew Southwest b/c of their super sale this summer, and they weren't prepared for the volume of people they would have to transport so your flights were all messed up? We just did this dance with them last weekend (when they refused to give us a hotel room even though our flight was cancelled due to a mechanical error) and aren't super thrilled about it :-/

    Posted 10.27.11 Reply
  27. Unknown wrote:

    Little late to the discussion. To be up front, we are a manufacturer of pebble tiles, so we are biased, but certainly pebble tiles offer a really unique surface both visually and tactility. Certainly a great design to consider for a bathroom. Two important things to remember.
    If you go this route, make sure you get pebble tiles that have a flat even surface. The Subtle texture of pebble surfaces is great, uneven bumps, not so much
    Make sure the installer wipes away grout deep enough to expose the majority of the surface of the pebbles! You want a pebble floor, not a grout floor.
    . http://www.islandstone.com

    Posted 1.17.12 Reply