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?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
enduring

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sloyder

If you like subway tile, why not use it.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 12:32AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
palimpsest

I would say 4x4 would be more period appropriate if that is your concern.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:33AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Shower glass strong enough to hold towel?
We will be getting semi-frameless glass shower walls....
risforremodel
Doable...European sink & US bathroom pop-up drain and faucet?
Originally posted in "Plumbing" I cannot...
rantontoo
Lighted Tub/Shower Niche
Anyone ever wire a light into your shower niche? I...
monicakm_gw
Finishing touches – Towel Ring location, need opinions
Hello. My bathroom is starting to come together and...
mrsshayne
banjo sink? opinions?
just learned that a BANJO sink is one (or its surrounding...
mainewire
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™