Tin ceilings originated here in the States in the late 1800s. Decorative metal plates were (and still are) an affordable way to emulate the intricate plaster work seen in European homes. Plus they're fireproof; kind of important when you cook, warm and see by flame. Now in the 21st century, tin tiles aren't necessary, but nostalgic. And they don't have to be relegated to your fifth wall, either.
Above: Michael and Anna mix natural and industrial in their bedroom with a tin tile headboard. See more of their space: Michael and Anna'a Rustic Modern Loft in Chicago
Ashley from Cherished Bliss used tin tiles to cover the side of a kitchen cabinet that butts up against her stove. The tile protects the cabinet from cooktop splatter, and looks great doing it.
Gray tin tile is the perfect backdrop for the statement wall in this eclectic and colorful Austin dining room, from designer Glynis Wood. Painted in a monochromatic color, a wall of tin tile almost acts as a subtly pattered wallpaper with a ton of texture.
This townhouse in Washington, D.C., from ISTUDIO Architects, uses white-painted tile to line the bright and open entryway.
The book Reclaiming Style: Using Salvaged Materials to Create an Elegant Home features this beautiful shot of a fireplace surrounded by tin tiles. It brings their original use—as a fireproof wall covering—back into vogue.
This one's not actually tin tiles, it's wallpaper! If you like the roughed-up vintage look but want to get it right away, try out a faux tiled wallpaper, like in this bedroom from Michelle Chaplin Interiors. This mint-colored version is from Rockett St. George, who has an entire line of wallpaper inspired by Brooklyn tin tiles.
This vintage industrial farmhouse in Ohio features a central kitchen island wrapped in tin tiles from a century-old local brewery. Featured here on Houzz.
A mix of warm tin tiles covers the wall behind the bed in this bachelor pad like an industrial mosaic. From Contour Interior Design.
This tin tile backsplash is the perfect pairing for Mexican tile trim and a royal blue range in this Oregon home featured on Houzz.