2 new porcelain hex tile floor options for your vintage pastel bathroom

Pastel-hex-tile-mosaicAs the retro decor revival continues, more and more options for period appropriate tile are becoming available. This is great news for anyone trying to repair, restore or build a midcentury bathroom. My latest discovery — two new options for tile flooring that would feel right at home in a pastel vintage bathroom. Merola Tile has added two new color options to their Metro Hex line of porcelain tile — light green and light blue. The tile is $7.95 per square foot — and available to order through the Home Depot website.

merola-vintage-hex-tile-colorsAs soon as I discovered the existence of these pastel hex tiles, I contacted Maggie McBride, our contact at Merola Tile who promptly sent some samples my way — Thanks Maggie!

blue-hex-tileOnce I received the samples, I was excited to compare them to my B&W Tile sample board to see how they measured up. I started by examining the Merola Tile Metro Hex mosaic in light blue.

blue-ceramic-tile-vintageIt was not a 100% perfect match for any of the B&W Tile colors, but the hex tile was not far off the B&W 20W blue and 20F blue duraglaze. Even though it wasn’t a perfect match, I think it would still be a great choice for someone wanting to create a vintage blue bathroom — or possibly repair an existing blue midcentury bathroom floor.

blue-hex-ceramic-tileThe Merola light blue hex tiles looked even better with the B&W 121 blue aztec and 29R blue ripple tiles, mostly because of the addition of white into the pairing — which acts to break up the blue a little. Another great idea for using the Merola light blue hex tiles to make a midcentury style bathroom — use the blue hex with white 4.25″ tile walls and blue (or white) fixtures.

blue-floor-tiles-vintage-ceramicThe light blue hex tile sample was a very similar blue to the Merola University blue tiles we’ve written about before. Either of these two blue tile selections could be great options to consider for anyone trying to repair, replace or build  a vintage blue bathroom.

Merola-light-green-hex-mosaic-tileNext I studied the Merola Metro Hex porcelain mosaic tiles in light green — secretly hoping it would be the same green as my vintage mint green bathroom, which desperately needs a new floor.

hex-mosiac-vintage-green-bathroomI held my breath, turned on the lights, crossed my fingers and compared the Merola hex tile sample to my original green bathroom tiles. Holy moley, its a pretty good match!


mint-green-ceramic-tilesAnother bit of great news — if you don’t currently have a vintage mint green bathroom, but were hoping to build one — B&W Tile’s 40W green matches the Merola Metro Hex light green tile quite well, too.

mint-green-ceramic-tile vintage-green-bathroomIt would seem then, that I’ve finally decided upon the perfect replacement flooring for my mint green 1962 bathroom, right? Well — almost.

vintage-green-bathroom-green-hexI decided to use the power of PhotoShop to mock up an all green hex tile floor. Looks pretty good, right?

black-and-white-hex-tileThen I realized that Merola Metro Hex tile comes in black and white patterns, that could — with just a little more effort — become green and white by swapping out the black tiles with light green. (Note — if you plan on doing any tile mixing with the light blue or light green and the black and white patterns from Merola, make sure to order the patterned tile in matte finish so that it matches the matte finish of the blue and green hex tiles.)

Green-and-white-mosaic-hex-tileSuddenly, another option has presented itself. Hmmm.

vintage-green-bathroom-white-and-green-hex-tileCalling on the power of PhotoShop once more, I ‘installed’ my custom floor tile creation — which I also really like. Drat. What’s a girl to do?

flower-black-hex-tileMerola also offers a fun retro black and white flower hex pattern that could be swapped out with the green (or blue) tiles.

flower-green-hex-tileAs much as I like the green flowers, I don’t think my sleek 1962 house wants to be quite this cute — though I think this flower pattern would look adorable in a slightly older or more ‘Coolonial’ style midcentury home.

UPDATE: Since my Photoshop mock ups don’t accurately depict the green and white in the metro hex versus my vintage tile, I’ve added these two closeups below so readers can better see how the tiles match the vintage bathroom tiles.

merola-hex-with-salt-and-pepper-tile merola-hex-with-salt-and-pepper-tile

vintage pastel green bathroomSo now I could really use your advice, dear readers:
Which flooring option do you like best in my vintage minty green and white vintage bathroom?

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  1. Bird says:

    It looks like your vintage speckled tile is either white or off-white. So I would choose Option #1 or do a green field with a white dot. I would not put the bright white new hex adjacent to your vintage speckled tile. It’s hard to judge from photos, but I would be leery of putting any new white adjacent to any old white, for fear of the Dingy Factor: new white can make old white look dirty.

  2. That green hex throughout the floor indeed adds that classic retro look, but keep in mind that by doing this requires a lot of labor intensive cuts around the perimeter of the bathroom since this tile doesn’t sell “halves or points”pieces. With this is a classic 1950s style bathroom an alternative layout can have a matching white 4×4 white DALTILE #100 or #790 border with a B&W #40F Green Duraglaze.

  3. Neil says:

    What I’m enjoying (in your photo-shopped mock-up of the solid green hexes on your bathroom floor) is the ghost reflection of the single sample square still reflected in the side of the shiny tub! (cue theremin sound effect…ooo-weee-eee-ooo…) I wonder, if you go ahead and do the whole floor, will the ghost image remain on the tub? Do let us Twilight Zoners know….

  4. Karen Taylor says:

    Definitely #2. I think option #1 is too much solid green. I too have a late 1950’s early 1960’s pink bathroom I am saving thanks to you Pam and Kate. I am lookiing to put in daltile’s hex dot white & gray tile even though technically it is from an earlier period. It’s what matches best. Do what YOU love.

  5. Nina says:

    I love green, your bathtub is lovely. Think these new green hex tiles are beautiful and an all green floor would be wonderful. Also think you could do a 6″ or 8″ border of the white with green added hex all around walls and tub and interior of floor all green.

  6. jivesnake says:

    Hmm. My mind wants to say option 2 because it looks good with the tub. But I think option 1 looks better because you won’t have your floor pattern competing with the wall pattern. What if you did a pattern like the old linoleum kitchen floors using a borderstripe all around the edge? White with a green stripe? Green with a white stripe? Again, hmmmm.

    I, too, have the salt and pepper tiles in my bathrooms. Solid white version (like yours) in the front and yellow with brown specks in the back. I’ve seen similar white ones at Ikea also.

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