Ever since I did this story about Cindy’s pink bathroom, I have had hexagon floor tiles — especially the larger 4″ x4″ or 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ size — on the brain. Smaller hex tiles were popular earlier in the 20th century — the are favorite for Victorian bathroom renovations. But, for mid-century homes, I think that the larger hex floor tiles are more appropriate, if you are going for authenticity. Now I have finally researched them. And my first source up is: the Crossville Savoy 4″ x 4″ hexagon tile.
This photo (above) from Crossville’s website is not at all the design I’d have in mind… but you get another drift of how this stuff looks laid down onthe floor. Actually – I like the look of the “center” of the tile “rug” created above: Mixe the white, the linen and the cafe on the floor… then put either the cafe or linen as 4″ x 4″ SQUARE field tiles on the wall. Add retro color accents — like turquoise — and you have a bathroom that nicely bridges the old (hex’s and squares) with the new (yes: beige). I have nothing inherently against beige. One of my three bathrooms has rose beige field tiles purchased very happily and affordably from the local Home Depot.
The photo above is just to show you the fifth color – seamist – combined with white. I am not advocating this design for kitchen backsplashes. Only for bathroom floors.
Note: Even though Cindy’s high gloss pink hex tile floor is fabulous to look at (like my sister Jenni, above, who went to visit this bathroom along with me and Sumac Sue) — I am not a big fan of glossy tile on floors. Too slippery – a safety issue, even. Do your own homework on this question, please, to decide what’s right for you.
One more thing: The old school hex floors did not have so much grout. But, methinks they were mud-set, not thin-set. Does anyone know FOR SURE whether you can thin-set with slim (rather than 1/4″) grout lines without risking some kind of quality debacle. Warning and Disclaimer: Even though I’m allowing reader thoughts on this question, Do Your Own Research, readers. I’m just curious what folks think they know about this question.
Link: Crossville Savoy hexagon 4″ x 4″ tile – Matte Finish here and Gloss Finish here Complete Catalog PDF here. Where to buy: I found this tile available at a number of online retailers by searching “Crossville Savoy hexagon tile.” Also check your local tile store. And, be sure to get samples first before making any big purchase decisions.