Remember how Janice used pinwheels from her mosaic tile floor as trim on the walls of her pink and black bathroom? Well, here’s a similar idea — straight from 1962: Use pieces of your mosaic floor tile as trim tile along the top edge of your field tile. (I think these trim tiles also are called feature strips or liner tiles.) I noticed this little detail, and drank it right up, when Jacob sent me photos of his lovely 1960s time capsule bathroom.
Obviously, this idea will be as ‘expensive’ or ‘inexpensive’ as your mosaic floor tile. Keep your eyes peeled — you can sometimes find vintage mosaic floor tile — the coolest stuff from back in the day — at ReStores. This is one instance where it’s a blessing to have a small bathroom, you don’t need as much.
But remember, you can also find this tile — new. As just one example, Daltile offers this mosaic floor design tool. See this story to see how Lauren used this online tile designer.
If you are searching for tile for your bathroom floor, see all my resources for vintage and retro style tile here.
Meanwhile, thanks to Jacob for the purty bathroom photos. He wrote:
Here is my bathroom. It is basically unchanged since I moved in ten years ago.
The house was built by my great aunt and uncle in 1962.
Everything works so I see no need to change the fixtures or tiles.
I think it is time to decorate and personalize!
Thank you, Jacob. 10 years in? Yup: Time to decorate and personalize, dear! That said: Looks darn nice to me. Congratulations on keeping a great house, great.