Vintage and vintage-inspired home decor is hugely popular at the moment. When designing and decorating a room in vintage style, choosing the right wall tiles can sometimes be a challenge. So here we look at some vintage tiles ideas for your interior designs project.
Why do we Love Vintage Style?
There are lots of reasons that vintage home decor is so popular. Firstly, aged and vintage furniture, fabrics and accessories can create a feeling of nostalgia – evoking memories of childhood homes and grandparents’ houses – they take us back to a time when life was simpler.
Vintage and antique furniture and household items have stood the test of time. They were built to last and often made from quality materials such as metal, glass, wood and ceramics – rather than the many plastic items prevalent today. Preserving, re-using and re-cycling furnishings where possible is responsible and environmentally-friendly.
Antiques and old items are also sought after because in many cases they are now scarce – maybe just a few remain or maybe they were never mass-produced in the first place. Some are interesting and have a story, are a family heirloom or are unusual and eye-catching.
With vintage decor, different styles, materials and mis-matching items, furniture and fabrics can all be used together to create eclectic, homely and inviting home decor.
Vintage Tiles vs Vintage Style Tiles
Vintage style decor is ideal in period properties, country houses and cottages, but can work well in any home. Before we talk about tiles in detail, I must point out that the tiles Floral Tiles make are vintage style tiles and not actually old or genuinely vintage tiles.
There are several advantages to vintage style tiles over actual vintage tiles. Vintage style tiles have the benefits of modern processes and conform to modern safety standards (including being tested for the amount of lead released from the tile), while still being made from a material which has been used in homes for hundreds of years and is well-known for it’s durability and longevity.
Another advantage of vintage style tiles is affordability. Suitable genuine vintage tiles can be difficult to source, with limited design options available and vintage tiles in good condition can be expensive.
Vintage Tiles Ideas
When looking for vintage tiles for your re-decorating project, smaller tiles give more of a vintage effect than larger tiles, which are more common in modern and contemporary interior design. The tiles in Floral Tiles’ range are 100mm or 150mm square, both giving a vintage look to a room.
Some of the designs we will look at here are based on antique illustrations and some started out as watercolour paintings. While these styles are both different, each gives a timeless and classic vintage look. As well as single flower tiles, there are also tiles which are patterned all over. Some of these can be placed together to create larger patterns and they can all be mixed and matched with other patterned tiles to create statement patchwork patterns.
Floral Border Tiles
Scattered Flowers Tile Patterns
Checked Tile Patterns
Seamless Tile Patterns
Patchwork Tile Patterns
Vintage home decor is so much fun to do. It’s the perfect excuse to spend time pottering around vintage shops and reclamation yards, or hunting for bargains at car boot sales and in charity shops. I hope you create a room you really love and that you have found some vintage tiles inspiration here.