Vintage Tile & Modern Tile – They Can Work Together
Given the variety of choices for vintage and modern tile, you may find yourself loving a little of each. Great news! You don’t have to be exclusive to either. When it comes to tile design, here at St. Louis Tile, we believe in as few rules as possible. Functional? Of course. Phenomenal? Without a doubt. From there, it’s all about who you are, what you need, and how you imagine your home to be. Uncommon, exceptional, unexpected. If this describes the look you’re seeking, let’s explore further.
Vintage Tile Love
Do you love antiquing and exploring out-of-the-way shops in search of unusual items for your décor? Do you believe well-used means much-loved? Does old rarely enter your vocabulary except when spoken with the utmost affection? If you so, you might be a true-blue retro-ista, and vintage tile in your home could add the remarkable addition you’re seeking.
With so many vintage tiles to choose from, you’ll have to make some difficult choices—no wonder this style is the newest “classic.” Who wouldn’t fall in love with faded, well-worn look tiles? It’s vintage at its best. New, but with a distressed appearance—as if they’ve been enjoyed and walked upon for hundreds of years.
Just imagine every shade of soothing white to creamy vanilla with stamped nature-inspired designs you can see and feel. In the vintage mix, you’ll also find Italian tiles that bring color and life to your space. Look for blues, greens, yellows—or a combo of several colors—as well as classic black, white and gray tones that quite simply go with everything. Last but not least, check out the ever-classic vintage tiles that have been around for years, available in hex or penny round shapes, which are great for bathrooms and interesting little powder rooms.
Best Rooms for Vintage Tile
Put your vintage stamp in all the places you live and love—kitchen floors and walls, bathrooms (niches, floors, walls). Even spruce up your beloved she-shed just because you can! No space indoors or outdoors is off limits when it comes to making your home a little more you.
Chic Modern Tile
Do you love cashmere and classic gold watches, clean lines, and uncluttered spaces? Then you’re probably a fan of modern design. Modern tile may be clean and crisp, but it certainly isn’t boring or monochromatic. Depending on which tiles you choose, there can be a lot of color. Think neon greens, brilliant oranges, and reds, as well as 1960’s baby blue. Plus, you’ll find neutrals galore. All of this is great news for mid-century modern buffs!
Modern tile is as much about shapes as colors. Look for circles and squares in pleasing mosaics that keep you looking just a few seconds longer than you think you should. Modern tile is chic, interesting, and cool and marches a little off the beaten path. Create visual interest with colorful wall mosaics for the kitchen and bath and include some excitement for your feet with geometric patterns, subtle or bold, in black and white floor tiles. Designer tile is a generous piece of the contemporary tile market so if you’re seeking the extraordinary and unique, St. Louis Tile has one of the largest showrooms and in-stock selections in the St. Louis area. If it isn’t on hand, we can often order it.
Remove Old & Prepare for New Tile
DIY’ers, break out the chisel. If you have existing tile and want it gone, this is one of those tasks that’s simply going to take a lot of sweat and effort. You can get into a rhythm, though, and depending on how well the tile is attached and what it’s attached to, there are ways to speed it along.
Best Rooms for Modern Tile
Entryways, living areas, bathrooms, even pool rooms (the kind you swim or shoot billiards in)—in fact, nearly any space you want to make a splash is great for the modern aesthetic. Often overlooked, one of the best places to update your home and make a huge impact is around your fireplace. Nothing says ‘look at me’ more than a stunning fireplace wall in the modern aesthetic.
Where to Buy Modern and Vintage Tile
You may have learned the hard way—the best price is not always the best deal and buying tile is not cut-and-dry. If you’ve ever tiled before, you know it’s easy to buy too much tile and often can’t return it. It’s also possible to buy too little and then can’t find more when you need it.
Also, there are details you need to know before you buy: slip resistance (for tile floors), water resistance (for kitchen and bath tile), and hardness of the tile (floor or wall application). What if you need a plan for your vintage design? Have an idea but aren’t sure it will work? Wonder what the best modern tile is for outdoor use? How about tile for your fireplace? Want your tiled spaces to be interesting and timeless? Or maybe you’re seeking a specific designer tile? Purchasing online or through box stores without consultation can lead to an expensive and frustrating experience.
That’s where your hometown tile store shines! St. Louis Tile is here to simplify your project, save you time, money, and stress. Our experts will help you design, choose tile, answer the important questions, and so much more, all at no cost to you. Consultations are free and we’re here 7 days week. 636-220-3550