Last week I had to stop vacillating and finally make a decision in order to buy the retro colored tile for our mid century bathroom renovation and begin tiling. When it comes to making any kind of big ticket purchase or long term decisions, I ponder over them for days, weeks, or even months, rather than easily choosing. Tile fits under both of those categories. It didn’t help that the tile manufacturer, B & W Tile, had plenty of different authentic colors from the 1930s through 1970s to choose from. If I could, I would use every one of these colors of tile, each in different room in my house, but I also live in Earthquake country and I might be asking for trouble if I did that. To see some of the retro tiled bathroom photos and clippings I collected for inspiration, click here.
Below are the color samples I came home with almost a year ago, plus a few extra green tiles I picked up last week. I narrowed it down to tile colors used pre-1950 that B & W Tile still made in their Gardena (Los Angeles) factory and had in stock.
And the winner is…
I went back in last week and purchased the tile for the counter and tub surround. There were a few weird shaped pieces I had to special order. At the same time, I pick out a few extra of the green colors to use in the laundry room. Hopefully I don’t take as long to decide the tile color for that room as I did in the bathroom.
B & W Tile does make slightly different shades of these colors, but all the others have to be special ordered, and it costs more and adds lead time. Most of these colors I took home ranged in price from $4 to $11 a sq ft for the 4 x 4 tiles. They also had all these colors in hex tiles and matte finish. B & W sells clearance boxes of “C” grade tile as low as $0.99 a sq ft., but since I have to live with this tile for who knows how long, and most will be at easily seen, I opted for “standard” or “A” grade tile only.