Hey Tracery fans, Doug here–I enjoyed a delicious dinner at Hot and Hot last night with some great new clients we’re excited to be working with. Between good conversation and delicious food (prepared by our dear friend Chris Hastings, who’s also the Culinary Advisor at the SpringHouse Restaurant we designed at Lake Martin) I was reminded about how much I love the wonderful pattern and colors of the vintage mosaic tile floor at Hot and Hot. In an otherwise neutral space the floor really stands out as a classic and energizing design element.
Mosaic tile is a pretty old school design trick. In a lot of new houses today you might find 12×12, 18×18 or even larger tiles on the floor, but we really like to look to the past when selecting floor tile and frequently we find ourselves drawn back to mosaics. Especially in smaller spaces like bathrooms or showers, mosaics add a classic touch to our work. Here are a few of our favorites:
After college, I rented a 1940’s apartment in Mountain Brook Village for a few years and the bathroom floor was covered in a tiny pinwheel pattern mosaic of black and white marble. Walker Zanger has reproduced this classic pattern perfectly in their Imperium collection, pictured here in Bianca Cararra.
Another really fun and vintage look is pennyround tile. About the size of, you guessed it–a penny, this tile feels really old school when installed. We love it on the floor but have installed it vertically on walls too. Pennyrounds come in lots of fun colors and many feature variegated shades like the American Universal Corp tile pictured here.
We love 2″ herringbone tiles for bathroom or shower floors. The size is still small enough to feel detailed and vintage but it large enough to not be busy visually. Akdo’s Blue Lagos Hexagon is one of our favorites to use — the varied shades of charcoal grey found in the stone give great depth to this mosaic.
Another Akdo mosaic we can’t get enough of is their Calacutta Herringbone. We think this tile is so elegant and chic! Imagine how good this would look bordered with 12×12 Calacutta tiles to form a ‘rug’ in the center of a large bathroom.
Not all mosaics have to be neutral…Waterworks has several really fun colorways in their Penny Tile collection including this pastel blend that we think would be great in a bathroom for kids.
So what’s your favorite mosaic tile look? Classic and crisp or fun and funky?