Ty Pennington Gave a Tour of an 1853 Kitchen Renovation — and You’ve Got to See the Vintage Tiled Floors

published Mar 9, 2021
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Ty Pennington is at it again, this time teaching folks how to value, preserve, and accentuate historic beauty in a home’s decor details, rather than stripping everything away to replace with newer items. And in his recent Instagram post, Pennington gives the audience a sneak peek into a kitchen renovation in a 1853 home.

He calls these historic renovations “satisfying,” explaining that keeping the “character, soul, and style” of a home is his main mission. While this property underwent a small upgrade in the 1970s, most of the home was preserved and in its original state, allowing Pennington to truly understand the original nature of the kitchen — including the vintage tiled floors.

The kitchen features a navy blue theme, with original historic tiles from Portugal in an intricate pattern (check out these similar Moroccan tiles from Amazon to get the same look). The dark, navy cabinet color paired with the tiles make for a bold and beautiful kitchen, featuring brass and yellow accent colors, which Pennington says was inspired by the lemon tree just outside the window.

While matching the tile to the cabinet color can sometimes result in an overly monochromatic vibe, the navy works well as it pulls from the darkest colors of the tile without being the exact same color (the tiles integrate multiple blues).

The kitchen serves both style and function, as he integrated a secret wine cooler, vintage-style fridge, and dishwasher. Pennington says the project retains its “history and soul” after the renovations, but he hasn’t sacrificed luxury and convenience.

To see more of his home transformations, check out new episodes of his show “Ty Breaker” airing Mondays at 9/8 central on HGTV.