Always a Classic: Black & White Tiles on the Bathroom Floor

Always a Classic: Black & White Tiles on the Bathroom Floor

Catrin Morris
May 19, 2011

As a wannabe but slacker preservationist, I am very interested in finding out what my home would have looked like when it was first built at the turn of the last century. In preparation for our bathroom renovation I did a little research on the history of American bathroom design…

I must say I was a bit alarmed to learn that colors like peach, coral and mint were surprisingly common in bathrooms of the early 1900s. But, luckily, my research also confirmed that black and white geometric tiles are just as historically accurate. This bold combination has consistently been a popular choice since way back when the outhouse first moved in house. The shapes and patterns vary from hexagonal to checkerboard; octagonal to pinwheels; penny rounds to basket weave. But whatever style you choose, rest assured that black and white tiles will look terrific and timeless in any bathroom decor.

1 Jeremy Renners.
2 Hammers and High Heels.
3 Modern and dramatic penny tile in black with light grout. Jeremy Renners.
4 Design Manifest.
5 She Knows.

6 Bathroom Tour From Bungalow Tile.
7 Inspired Remodeling
8 Borodener.
9 Mint Design Blog.
10 Alix's Granny Chic.

Images: as linked above

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