Subway tile or 4x4 in 1940 bathroom

tblmomFebruary 15, 2013

We are going to redo the bathroom in our 1940 colonial. The original tiles were 4x4" squares. I can't tell you the color since all the tiles were painted over with celery green paint...and not well either. So we had to rip it all out.

The lower wall outside of the bathtub will be covered with beadboard (putting up a new wall and retiling is out of our budget right now). We are going to retile around the tub. The floors are currently 6x6 squares which we are keeping since they were put in pretty recently and are still in good shape.

I love the look of subway tile but would it still be appropriate for the house (built in 1940 on the dot) or should I stick to the 4x4's?

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I don't know about subway vs square. But here is a picture of a bathroom at the hospital I work at that was built in the early 50's. I took these several months ago as I was getting ready to tile my 4x4 wainscot. In my old bathroom it was plastered to replicate 4x4 tiles. This bathroom was built either in the 30's or 40's.

Hospital bathroom:

Here is my new tile:

Here is the old plaster embossed tile shapes from the 30's or 40's. Note the versatile white duct tape to cover the gaping holes in the plaster:

This room had reached the end of its life 15 years ago!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 11:57PM
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If you like subway tile, why not use it.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 12:32AM
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I would say 4x4 would be more period appropriate if that is your concern.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:33AM
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