Original Mantel Tile - Tacky or Classic?

Original Mantel Tile - Tacky or Classic?

Regina Yunghans
Mar 7, 2014
(Image credit: Alisaintgermain)

Q: My husband and I are in the process of buying a historic home in Durham, North Carolina built roughly around 1910. It has almost all of its original features intact, including (non-functioning) fireplaces in four of the rooms. The first mantel when you walk in the front door is the only mantel that has tile on it and it is, perhaps, the most horrific tile I have ever seen in my life:

(Image credit: Alisaintgermain)

It's a shimmery, bright, pearlescent green. So far everyone who has seen it has commented on how terrible it is. I realize it's almost certainly original to the home, and the thought of removing it doesn't feel great. But if I did I would, of course, replace it with something from the same era, just not so blatant and loud. My husband, on the other hand, feels very strongly that it would be sacrilegious to remove it, and thinks we should embrace it.

Am I a bad person for wanting to remove something original to the home? Do you have any suggestions for how to make this less loud and glaring?

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