This Versatile Vintage Classic is Back & in Bathrooms Everywhere

This Versatile Vintage Classic is Back & in Bathrooms Everywhere

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Nancy Mitchell
Feb 16, 2017
(Image credit: Skona Hem)

Mosaic tile floors are having a renaissance. Of course, as many of you will point out, they never really left — lots of bathrooms, including the one in my New York studio, have floors like this that have been there for years. So these floors are not so much a trend as a classic that's getting a (well deserved) moment in the spotlight.

The bona fides of this particular kind of floor are many: they're classic, they're beautiful, they work with almost any style of bathroom. Unlike many of the tile trends of recent years, they're relatively affordable, and, as time has already shown, they last practically forever.

(Image credit: Kate Lester Interiors)

This bathroom by Kate Lester Interiors shows how well a vintage-style floor can work in a modern bathroom. It coordinates nicely with the subway tile, but also adds a welcome dose of pattern.

(Image credit: Skona Hem)

This mosaic tile floor (in a black and white basketweave pattern) is just right for this modern bathroom with a bit of a vintage twist. Spotted on Skona Hem.

(Image credit: Make King)

A mosaic tile floor works beautifully for this modern-country style bath from Make King. I'm guessing the black and white pattern is a custom job.

(Image credit: Domino)
(Image credit: Domino)

This bathroom floor from Domino is especially striking. To create it, the homeowner started with a sheet of white tiles, peeled off the tiles that needed to be replaced by colored tiles, and then set the black and tan tiles into the pattern. Definitely time-consuming, but very eye-catching.

(Image credit: Style at Home)

A thin border of black hex tiles add just a touch of contrast to this vintage-style bathroom from Style at Home.

(Image credit: Vignette Design)

This bathroom, from Vignette Design, is unusual for having a floor that has black, and not white, as the background color.

(Image credit: Houzz)

Tile borders, which can be purchased separately, add a little pizazz to a plain white hex tile floor. Image from Houzz.

(Image credit: Julie Mikos)

This solid black border, designed by Kari McIntosh, reads a bit more modern.

(Image credit: Life in Grace)

Blogger Edie Wadsworth from Life in Grace extended the octagon and dot pattern from her bathroom all the way out into the hallway.

(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)
(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

Here's a traditional tile floor in a rather modern bath, from Desire to Inspire.

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