Historical accuracy of bathroom tile
OK I'm building a bungalow in a town that has a very large percentage of homes built between 1890 and 1945. For my daughter's bathroom I have decided to do a vintage black and white scheme. On the floor I'll do hexes or octagons and for the tub surround I was going to do do white subways. However I then started paying closer attention to the homes in my area and none of the original tile is subways. It is all 4 x 4 squares. Then I started thinking about the older homes I've been visited in other areas of North Carolina and to the best of my recollection, they too have squares and not rectangles.
Could it be that "subway" tiles are regional? Since obviously in the south we don't have subways, maybe folks just never were exposed to them like they were in other parts of the country. I read that subway tiles were first used in a public space in the New York Subway in 1904, though surely they had been used somewhere before then.
Who can tell me something about the historical accuracy of 4 x 4 squares? I would prefer my house to actually look like it was built in the 20s or 30s and not look like the current trends of the 2000s. It does seem that EVERYBODY whether building a new old house or a more contemporary one is using subway tiles now. Then it dawned on me that if I used 4 x 4s, my house might actually look more vintage (at least for my area anyway.) What do you think?