It seems quite ironic to me, that the U.K. seems be pretty far ahead of the U.S. in terms of embracing the midcentury modern aesthetic. They have English Rose Cabinets, Smeg refrigerators, and now I’ve discovered British Ceramic Tile and their Candy Color collection. At under $1 a tile (U.S., even with the weak dollar), the price is great for these basic 4×4 field tiles.

And they even have a classic Mamie pink… a very nice sky blue… and what appears to be a pretty authentic mint green – the first I have ever seen! Additional colors available on the website — and a number of colors available in either glossy, or flat.

Alas for us Yanks, I can’t believe it would be possible to import these, affordably…

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  2. little red says:

    Hi guys

    Listen I live in the UK, and I would be more than happy to help on this if anyone wants them. I’m sure I could order and ship cheaper than you guys could.

    Anyway the offer is there, if anyone wants to take it up. It’s pretty rare that there is something good in the UK that you guys can’t get, I spend my life visiting the states and despairing over what I can’t bring home!!


  3. Cathy Colin says:


    We are trying to redo our 1940s ranch kitchen in Art Deco and Fiestaware colors. I REALLY need to have a pale mint green and pale pink ceramic tile floor. I cannot believe that this is so impossible. I have looked at every tile source I can find. Nothing even compares to the British Ceramic Tile colors. I have researched them and have found no affordable way to buy these. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

    Our kitchen floor is 130 square feet. We dont have a whole heck of a lot of money to buy floor tile, but we have some.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!


    1. pam kueber says:

      Hi Cathy, I just talked to B&W Tile — they have tile in 48 colors including old retro colors. Bet they can help!

      BUT, they say their tiles are ceramic, and for a floor, you want porcelain. They suggested to start with: A company that does tile for pools. A pool company.

      Here’s one more place you can check out — a new discovery:

  4. Cathy Colin says:

    Hi Pam,

    I talked to B&W too (before I saw your post telling me that they dont have what I am looking for).

    Then I called AUC. The gentleman explained to me that I don’t want square tile (like 4X4), rather he suggested the unglazed Hex tile. I looked at the unglazed hex tile they offer, but they don’t have any colors to choose from. They only have black and white.

    I will keep looking. Thank you for your suggestions.


    1. pam kueber says:

      Cathy, there are plenty of other tiles at American Universal, in many colors. I don’t understand …

  5. Cathy Colin says:

    Hi Pam,

    The gentleman I spoke with at American Universal said that the only tiles they sell that would be suitable for a kitchen floor are the “Unglazed Hex” series. As far as I can tell they come in black and white. I also saw some colors in Hex tile that were Matt finish — but according to what I was told, for kitchen floors could only use the unglazed hex series. The gentleman said that the other tiles would become scratched.

    I just sent a note off to the other place you suggested. We’ll see what they say. Thanks so much for your help!


    1. pam kueber says:

      Hi Cathy. I would love to hear from others regarding your question. I have to admit, I thought you were talking about a bathroom floor – which would get a lot of traffic but not as much as a kitchen. In a bathroom, I don’t think satin-finish tiles are totally verboten but as the Dal-Tile website says: “Water, oil, grease, etc. create slippery conditions. Floor applications with exposure to these conditions require extra caution in product selection.” That’s probably why you’re hearing to use unglazed. I’ll say, though, I am pretty sure I’ve seen satin/matte finish tile in kitchens my whole life long… and I have satin finish AO Chloe tiles in my three bathrooms, we are just good about not letting water splash all the floor, which might cause a slip. We use rugs.

      Must you really truly have tile? How about a vinyl composite tile or LINOLEUM? You might like that a lot, and they have pastels. These floors are ‘warmer’, less hard on the legs and back, and goodness, the grout in tile floors gets dirty fast in a kitchen – you will NEVER be able to keep it clean, IMHO.

      Having fun yet. See:

      1. pam kueber says:

        Cathy, I’ve been thinking more about your kitchen. I am in the Northeast where tile kitchen floors are not as common. But I realized thinking about this more that in other climates they are quite common. Also, even in the North for those with radiant floor heating. Regarding wanting pink or green… have you gone to the largest, best tile store you can get to? I’ve actually had luck that way…

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