The two major manufacturers of ceramic tile in the U.S. are Dal-Tile and American Olean owned by the same company. They both have lines of 4×4 ceramic tile that should be relatively easy to buy at relatively affordable prices. Their colors are usually what’s trendy in the larger market, and their choices can shift every year. I try to keep an eye on, but missed the fact that there looks to be a lovely pink now in American Olean’s lineup: It’s Antique Rose, and I learned about it when featuring the two all-new deco-style bathrooms created by Laureen Skrivan for her amazing Wren & Willow house remodel.
In any case: This bathroom is out-of-this-world gorgeous.
The real test — and always a must: Order your own samples.
The current American Olean lineup of glossy and mattes right now:
The matte Glacier also is quite nice for a retro bathroom — I have a Heron Blue bathroom pretty much just this color.
- See our overview story 16 places to find 4″ x 4″ ceramic tile in pastel colors
- I think the best selection of retro colors comes from B&W Tile. But if you can find the color you want from Dal-Tile or American Olean, you may be able to save a lot on shipping — for example, if Home Depot or another big box store has regular deliveries and won’t charge for shipping.
- Always get samples first
- Shop around for best prices and service
- If you run into problems with an order, I recommend calling the company directly yourself — I’ve recently received emails from readers who may have been getting incorrect information from local retailers who may not be accustomed to dealing with less-ordered tiles, which may be the ones we are going after