Because mid-century bathrooms often featured modest (albeit colorful) ceramic tile finishes, my research to date has mostly focused on relatively inexpensive mainstream solutions … of which there are quite a few … including Daltile, its sister company American Olean, and the mecca of mid-century colorways: B&W. Hey, the big box home stores — Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, etc. — are the first place you should actually look, especially if you are wanting neutral beiges or white. At the Menards in Grand Forks, ND, I saw white 4×4 field tiles for 16 cents each. And of course, you can stalk your local Re-Store: If you give it enough time, you can probably find enough tile — maybe even something fabulously mint-in-box mid-mod — to do an entire bathroom.
However, Kelly yesterday has tried all of these solutions and still cannot find tile to match her 1956 pink and grey ceramic mosaic tile floor and fill the gaping hole. As a result, I now offer up the first of two additional tile makers that *may* have a match… and this one is a doozy: Ann Sacks’ Elements Ceramic Basics offers 147 colors in 26 sizes. My goodness, these colors are beautiful — and the selection of sizes, awesome. Kelly, maybe you’ll find some help here. Field tiles start at $20.95 s.f., the website says. Link: Ann Sacks Elements Ceramic Basics.
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