Whilst we’re often told that the key to a successful design is innovation, it doesn’t hurt to look to the past for inspiration. And when it comes to tiling, you can rest assured that retro and antique tiles can breathe new life into your project.
Vintage is a popular look for those who want bring a sense of retro to their projects. To start getting to grips with the past, though, you need a sound understanding of the world of vintage tiling chic, so let’s get started.
Antique Tiles: The Different Styles
Vintage tiles are highly popular right now, so you’re probably itching to find out a little bit more about the tiles available.
Here are a few of the most popular vintage styles currently waiting to take your project to the next level:
- Victorian Tiles – Popular designs for Victorian style tiles tend to embrace artwork which takes in subject matter such as animals and topiary designs. Sometimes these designs will be fully confined to an individual tile, but more grand designs – such as game birds – can be created from a mosaic style pattern to decorate floor spaces. To grant a more authentic aged feeling, Victorian tiles often come with a crackled glaze finish.
- 1970s Tiles – It may not seem that long ago, but the 1970s were over 40 years ago now and, as such, are suitably vintage. Now, the key feature of 70s tiles is the patterns, the ever repeating patterns. One of the most popular patterns for these vintage tiles is the floral print and, when it comes to colours, earthy shades of brown, yellow, orange and green perfectly capture the decade’s style.
- Art Deco Tiles – Synonymous with the sights and sounds of the 1920s, the Art Deco movement remains ever popular with designers. Its success is down to achieving that rare feat of combining grand designs which have a unique simplicity. A wall of plain white tiles, for example, can suddenly be elevated when topped with a border of black ornamental tiles. Other popular designs include angular shapes arranged in geometric patterns which primarily use whites, creams, browns, beiges, orange and yellows.
How to Source Antique Tiles?
Now that you understand what some of the popular retro tile styles are, the next step is to figure out where you can source them from. Thankfully, there are a number of options available to you such as:
- Sourcing Genuine Antiques: If you want to genuinely capture that vintage tile feel, it pays to source originals. Therefore, auctions and reclamation years can be an excellent option.
- Buy Replica Tiles: The antique style is very big at the moment, so almost all tile manufacturers will carry a vintage range. This is the most affordable option as they’re off the shelf products and are mass produced.
- Go the Bespoke Route: You may have a specific retro style you’re trying to create, but there’s not always an off the shelf option available. In these cases, working with bespoke tile manufacturers is the best option for making your design into a reality.
As global sourcing specialists, SRK UK has extensive experience finding all types of commercial tiles for our customers. We work with customers to understand their exact needs, and then find the most suitable manufacturers for them.
If you’d like more information on how we can help on your next project, don’t hesitate to get in touch.