I love anything retro and have many pieces of G-plan and Formica furniture in my house.  The design and style for its era was modern for its time, and extremely well made.  But how do you incorporate todays tiles to create a retro living space?   Well, you look back to the past and try to source with a sympathetic eye.

One simple look that is easy to replicate is the 1950’s style American diner. To create this, you could use a black and white 30x30cm tile in checkerboard style. We stock and sell a range from our branches that is perfect for this and called ‘Colour’ range.   By having a bold floor it makes it the focal point of the room.


Retro American Diner Tiles


Patterns and prints were also fabulous too!  And I myself have been absorbed in the world of wall paper trying to find the perfect one for my own kitchen.  Here are some that have caught my eye.  It’s lovely to see bright bold wallpaper with which you could make a feature wall.  We have noticed that pattern and colour is creeping back into tile designs too so watch this space!


Retro Colours


For flooring you can replicate the wood look very easily by laying a wood effect tile.  There are so many now on the market with many variations including our distressed wood ‘Vintage’ range and ‘Restyle’ which both come in two sizes, plus the ‘Easywood’ range which has 5 colourways from light to dark.

In September, we visited the Cersaie trade show, which is the world's largest exhibition of tiles and bathroom furnishings held in Italy.  This is where we go to source most of our ranges and it’s so exciting!  We get to see first-hand all the new ranges and styles before they make it into the market.  The tile I liked the most from there is this one called ‘Hydraulic’ - it was love at first sight!  It is a ‘anthracite and white’ 20x20cm floor tile and once laid it forms a ‘star like’ pattern.  I think it will look brilliant in bath rooms hallways and kitchens. 


Hydraulic Patterned Tiles


So what to put on the wall… why not try a bold colour to brighten up a kitchen?  We do a range of tiles called ‘Twist’ that comes on a sheet of 9 and in 8 colourways.  Here are some below and click here to see the range – Twist 10x10.


Blue Wall Tiles     Twist 10x10 Colourful Tiles


Or if you fancy something less bold, how about our new brick effect tile called ‘Florencia.’ This is a lovely colour called ‘Sea Foam’ and available in another 6 colourways.  This makes a change from the bevelled subway/ metro/ sigma tiles that are commonly used.   

I hope this has given you some ideas and happy tiling!