Vintage tiles can add color to any kitchen and bathroom. Now, kitchen and bathroom tiles are usually designed for easy cleaning and washing, but years ago, they came in intricate and bold designs to give any space a vivacious look. They were eye-catching and practical, and they were considered as everyday art.
Vintage tiles are making a comeback. That is if they ever left. Now, more people appreciate the styles of past generations. From walls, floors, and backsplashes, vintage tiles are here again.
You can find authentic vintage tiles at antique shops or salvage yards, with their price depending on their condition, style, and size. Some go to auction houses, where prices can go as high as $50,000 for a small set of vintage tiles.
If you live in a house where vintage tiles are already installed, then you are lucky as you no longer have to spend on the renovation. You only have to work on the paint colors and maybe some accessories to achieve the look that will go well with your tiles.
If going authentic is out the question because of cost, you can go with vintage-looking tiles. Ceramic tiles are great for this as they come in vintage designs. The durability of ceramic makes them the best choice as floor tiles. You can also arrange them in patterns popular during the old days to make them look more vintage.
Different Vintage Tile Patterns
Aside from the color and design, the pattern in which tiles are arranged also makes tiles look vintage. If you buy modern tiles that you want to look vintage, you can follow these pattern ideas when installing them.
A typical tiling pattern is a straight or stack band. Here, the tiles are simply stacked in straight lines, creating a rectangular grid. This pattern will give your kitchen or bath a minimalist look. A diagonal bond pattern is similar to straight or stack bond, except that the tiles are titled at 45 degrees, making the tiles look diamond (if they are originally square). This pattern is ideal for backsplash and walls as they make space look bigger. Also perfect for vintage tile backsplash is the windmill pattern. To create this, place four rectangular tiles around a square tile, resembling a windmill. Make this pattern more evident by having the color of the square tile and grout different form the color of the rectangular tiles.
For a vintage floor tile design, herringbone tile pattern works great. This pattern is created by arranging the tiles in a zig-zag pattern. The pattern forms sort of the letter “V,” which on floors look like arrows leading you to specific directions. The basket weave pattern is also ideal for vintage-looking tile floors. To create this pattern, form a square by laying rectangular tiles and tow tiles next to each other, positioned at 90 degr