Type A Encaustics
One energizing aspect of re-doing a floor is how much it can change the entire room. You start by demolishing the old tile, removing layer by layer until you can lay the foundation for the new floor. The room literally changes around you with each step. In this case, it got lighter. Drastically.
The original floor was a dark green ceramic tile. Once the tile and cement (with a super fun metal lathe) were removed, the room was still pretty dark. Then I was so focused on laying the tile that I didn't notice the affect. It was pretty satisfying to stand up at the end of the day and take it in. I actually forgot there was a skylight. The light floods the room, using the new tile to brighten it significantly. It also matches the existing paint color perfectly. My clients seem to have a knack for that.
The client chose Matteo Porcelain Field Tile in Aqua by EliteTile from Wayfair.com. The tile is made to resemble cement encaustic tiles with a European flair, which I've always loved. Something I appreciate even more is that they're uniform in size. You get the unique encaustic look and can still appeal to your Type A personality. Perfect.