I’m sure you’ve all at one point seen the white hexagon penny tiles installed in an old bathroom. Like this one.
If you found yourself with a bathroom with these tiles (but from the 1940s) in good condition, would you feel compelled to rip them out? Probably not!
On the other hand, here’s example two of a, at one point, really trendy tile that you would most definitely feel compelled to rip out.
Can I make this tile work with the right design? Yes. Can the next person who buys your home make it work with their furniture? … Most probably not.
What’s the big difference between these two tiles? Well at one point, this terracota orange was considered a neutral. It’s kind of how we lather our homes in grey now and consider it timeless. The only true timeless color is white or shades of white. It’s clean, crisp and always going to be around. Especially in the spaces that have the most tile, bathrooms and kitchens.
Choosing how to work with patterns and colors are also very important. As a guideline, try going with a great pattern in a solid and neutral color, or play around with color more in a less distracting pattern. Unless you’re looking to make a statement like we did in this kitchen. However, you will see that everything surrounding the statement backsplash in that project is pretty much white or shades of it.
Here are some other fabulous (and timeless in the right color) geometric tiles to look out for: