1920s Tile Floors

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1920s Tile Floors
Add to your house's personality by installing 1920s retro flooring. (Martin Poole/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Transform a boring floor into a unique design element that adds to the decor of your house. If you are renovating a 1920s or retro-themed house, adding a modern tile floor can be a detriment to the house's design. 1920s tile styles offer simplistic patterns that can add interest to your floors without appearing too modern or busy.

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Octagon and Dot Floor Tiles

This vintage tiling design was a classic go-to pattern from the 1920s to the 1940s.Large octagons are offset by small squares, often in complementing or contrasting colours. Whether you are restyling your bathroom or kitchen, this design is a great one to go for, because its two-tone pattern creates interest and can go with most any colour combination or retro decor.

Checkerboard Linoleum

Checkerboard linoleum tiling will give your house a stylish, vintage look. Checkerboard tiling was typically seen in kitchens, bathrooms, and used for the flooring of diners and eateries. Linoleum tile is a simple way to add a design to your floors. Mix and match colours to complement the colours of your home.

Hex Tile Floor

The hex tile floor pattern was common in bathrooms of houses and public buildings in the 1920s. Its relatively simple pattern consists of a numerous amount of small hexagonal tiles, punctuated by a hexagonal tile of equal size but a contrasting colour. The odd coloured tiles are spaced equally to create a dotted grid. The most common colours used in this tiling pattern were white or off-white tiles punctuated by black tiles.

Small Checkered Tile with Trim

If you want to create a unique look for your kitchen or bathroom, and have time and energy to invest in it, consider turning to the classic look of a checkerboard floor that is trimmed with a darker tile. The tile border around the edges of the room is the detail that brings this look together, by "framing" the checkered pattern. You can make the tile border as simple or complex as possible, combining two or more colours to create a simple stripe pattern.

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