A colorful midcentury kitchen remodel featuring B&W Tile in a backsplash designed by Clay Squared

midcentury retro kitchenSubtitle this one: Fun with basic 4″ tiles! Josh Blanc, part of the team runs Clay Squared to Infinity in Minneapolis, contacted us to share the results of a recent kitchen project. Using colorful B&W Tiles, Josh collaborated with the homeowner Nancy to design the lively tile backsplash in this midcentury-style kitchen. The kitchen design also features vintage lighting, Formica charcoal boomerang countertops and loads of cheerful, coordinated color. Let’s take a look! 

midcentury retro kitchen

Josh writes:

Hi Pam,
I finally have some cool photos of a kitchen we worked on, which had to be completely redesigned from its 1980’s style back to its true mid-century roots.

I worked with Nancy designing and laying out the tile backsplash, helping her choose the colors and turning the tiles on point for her backsplash design. Nancy designed the rest of the kitchen with the help of her contractor Casey Miller.

midcentury retro kitchenThis snazzy backsplash pattern was made using B&W Tile in Yellow, Dark Green and Jade in a diamond pattern. It’s the show stopper of the kitchen!

midcentury retro kitchen



  • Flooring — Marmoleum Fresco in Red Copper purchased from Natural Built Home. The floor also featured yellow diamonds that emulated the tile backsplash, Josh said.
  • Kitchen design — by homeowner Nancy with assistance from Wm Casey Miller.

Mega thanks to Josh for sending us this story, including the list of resources!

Photos taken by of Sarah Whiting Photographic used with permission from Clay Squared to Infinity.

  1. Glad to have been a part of this reno! We really enjoyed building the unique range hood for Jack and Nancy and are always willing and able to take custom requests ;). Thanks Retro Renovation for mentioning Primitive Precision! We love your exposure of sweet old homes that have gotten a bit of sprucing up in the midcentury modern style. Cheers!


  2. Lori says:

    Love it all! Great inspiration for my kitchen backsplash. Love the cabinets & hardware, the light above sink is awesome! Is is new or old? Would love to find one!

  3. Mag says:

    What a lovely, happy kitchen, but oh, I’d love, love, love to see the marmoleum in a shot. I’ve been lugging around samples of forbo’s linoleum since the early nineties, hoping for a space to use such a wonderful product in. Now, an RR follower used it, and I can’t see it. I want to release an infantile cry. If anyone can post a link to more photos, please do so. Thanks!

    1. pam kueber says:

      Mag, other readers have used Marmoleum. Type Forbo and then also try Marmoleum into the Search box and stories should come up.

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