Tile Vault: Retro Static

What: Exterior of 1009 Davis St
Where: Downtown Evanston, IL
When: Photo taken on Friday, April 11th at 3:45 pm

Why: We had to stop and take a photo of this sweet retro exterior. The building, which we'd date back to the late '70s, is a good example of a pattern that was in - went out - and is now back in style. The four-color tiles are teeny, about half inch square, but the effect is mesmerizing. In fact, it reminds us of TV static, with a hipster slant. If this were a new construction, however, it might lack some of the vintage charm. The rainwater stains only add to the throw-back appeal.

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The random mosaic is composed of four colors: a tanned flesh-tone, Robin's egg blue, a cookies'n'cream speckle, and white. Up-close, the single shades are a tad, well, barfy, but they end up really working well together. We instantly thought of the Crystile Fiesta Blend glass tiles at CoolTiles, a contemporary combo that only proves this color mix is back.

The most important lesson that this tile treatment teaches us is that we should play with color and pair together hues that we might not think would mesh because it could be just the right move.

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