Bathroom Tile: Keep it Classic

I've been in a fair share of old Baltimore homes. I spend a lot of time scoping out distressed, run-down houses in order to find the next one I'd like to save.  There seems to be a common thread in many of them...classic finishes in the bathroom. 

These are just two of the many homes I've been in that still have their original tile in tact.  The one on the left is my current project at Alta Avenue and the one on the right is one I passed on.  Unfortunately, I can't save the tile at Alta - just too many cracks and missing tiles, but the tile on the right was in pristine condition and could have lasted many more decades. As I mentioned on Instagram a while back, these classic tile choices are still relevant today and are still on the shelf at Home Depot and Lowes.  You can't go wrong with classic finishes.  Why, you say?  

  1. They stand the test of time.  
  2. They don't go out of style.  
  3. They tend to be budget-friendly.
  4. They create the perfect backdrop for more on-trend accessories. 

If you're planning on remodeling your bathroom in the near future, consider some of these classics for your bathrooms:

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  • Hexagon(hex) tile - This shows a marble version, which is beyond perfect, but to reign in the budget even more you could go with the porcelain version. This pairs perfectly with subway tiles on the walls/shower surround as seen above.  Subway tile is another timeless selection that you can't go wrong with.
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  • Penny tile - This classic tile is a great small scale graphic pattern and the white version looks great paired with dark grout.  Side note - dark grout is functionally a good choice on bathroom floors because it doesn't show as much dirt.  I love the look of the penny tile here against the larger pattern of the wallpaper.

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  • Basketweave tile - This is a great example of sticking with clean and simple classics for your permanent finishes.  This basketweave paired with the global vibe of the vintage rug is the perfect mix.  This tile will remain timeless for years to come, but the accessories can be changed out over the years when you're looking for a little refresh.

I'm planning to do a video roundup of my favorite budget-friendly tile options at Home Depot and/or Lowe's in the near future, so stay tuned!