On the advice of our contractor, Danny Baisden, I went to Pro-Source Flooring in Canton. I brought along samples of my quartz counter top and the wood cabinetry and decided to bring home the tiles that look and feel like ceramic but are what is referred to in the industry as a Luxury Vinyl. This type of flooring is warmer to walk on, quieter, and doesn't cause the fatigue to stand on for long period of time that ceramic tiles do. It is very durable and those with dogs/cats running around on it won't be damaged by their claws. Another plus is if something is dropped it will not shatter as it would hitting a ceramic floor. These tiles can be put down and left un-grouted or they can be grouted.
I brought home about eight samples of 16"x16" tiles from both Armstrong's Alterna and Congoleum's DuraCeramic. I laid them out in the room and we spent a couple days just looking at them in different lighting through out the day and night time. I do like a fairly light floor as it doesn't show every crumb and dirt mark. We ended up with this one:
DuraCeramic in the Roman Elegance series, Warm Clay RE-31. We chose a coordinating grout, Ivory.
Instructions say to roll a 100# weight across the tiles.