Recently, Paul came over to "talk tile" with Aaron and I since we are getting ready to finish off the master bathroom.
Paul is extremely knowledgeable about tile and is one of the most exact people I know...his sense of visual aesthetics and his ability to improvise is the mark of a true craftsperson.
And, through him, I'm beginning to appreciate everything you can do with tile...and how beautiful tile can be.
In regards to our bathroom, we will be using a 1-inch unglazed hexagon tile in white with a border that travels around the edges of the room. We also plan on using this in the bottom of the shower, so we plan on sealing it to make it easier to clean and to help it last longer. The walls of the shower will be subway tile.
We were familiar with the traditional white and black color combination seen often with hex tile. Paul showed us the other colors that were also available in 1914 and helped us to think about other design possibilities.
The Bungalow style's early emphasis on design that was in harmony with the landscape influenced color choices that would either softly highlight or blend easily into the color of natural materials (wood, stone, slate, terra cotta, brick and so on).
(In bungalows of the Art Deco era, tile colors would become brighter and more playful. In these later bungalows, it isn't unusual to see pink, green, purple, maroon and yellow tiles in many different combinations.)
Our bungalow was built on the heels of the Late Victorian era. The colors tend to be more subdued. Our tiled foyer (which is still in very good shape) gives us valuable clues to the colors of the original house and helps to provide direction for us.
We've settled on a decorative accent in a smokey blue color. The accent will be used very sparingly, but will be a nice outline for the white of the hex tile.
When I was researching tile colors and resources, I happened across other types of tiles which would be unusual and interesting to use in tile design. Because tile can be used in SO many spaces (fireplaces, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, sunrooms) the possibilities are very intriguing.
Interesting shapes and colors for new patterns...especially patterns that could bring the 'outdoors inside".
And hexagon tile like I've never seen it before...in brushed stainless steel.
Fascinating. These may have not been available way back when, but I wonder... If they were, would the Bungalow Craftsmen of yesterday have approved?
(Fun tiles courtesy of MosaicBasics.com and Mosaic Tile Supplies! Color ideas for hex tiles from the American Universal Corporation... other products available through Stone Source Online...Motawi Tileworks... where do you get your tile?)