Ceramic Floor Tile Patterns

Category: Bathroom

This bathroom photo is a pretty good example of what we're aspiring to, particularly the floor.

After the long soap opera that is our own first floor bathroom, we ended up removing the entire original floor and starting over. For the floor, we're going with a very traditional octagon & dot pattern in a slightly less traditional grey.

2" Octagon & Dot (by Daltile)

Between 1900 and 1920 (the vintage of our bungalow), black and white floors (or even all white) was the norm. As we learned from the book Bungalow Bathrooms, the hygene movement popular at the turn of the century recomended white throughout the bathroom to ease in cleaning. This was true until the 1930s, when advances in manufacturing technology and the art deco movement unleashed a torrent of color in bungalow bathrooms across the country.

We chose grey as an accent color as a bit of a compromise between the stark turn-of-the century look and the softer, more modern look of later bungalows. It should give us a lot of options over the long term to accent the room with towels and other items, too.

Just as reference, other tile patterns we strongly considered included:

Pinwheel (Chloe series by American Olean)


Woven (Chengdu Zaijian)

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