Subway or square tile for 1937 bathroom?
Greetings! I own a 1937 English Tudor cottage in Portland, Oregon. I've been renovating the bathroom with its 4" salmon pink hexagonal tile floor, bordered in 3" x 6" jadeite green subway tile. The original tile in the tub/shower surround is long gone, courtesy of previous owners, replaced with large 90's rectangular tile that should not remain another month. I've poured over Jane Powell's Bungalow Bathroom book, among other research, and the pictures seem to show, almost exclusively, that colorful Deco bathrooms have 4" square wall tiles as opposed to 3x6 subway tiles.
My color scheme is jadeite green painted walls with glossy black trim and black & white everywhere else. The shower is calling for a crisp black & white tile scheme. I lean toward white subs with palest grey 1/16" grout, and black tile borders and liners. My husband feels we should go with the example set in the books, with square tile.
To me, vast swaths of square white tile (even with the accents in black) just seems so generic, and like it could be from any period up through the '80s. There is so much green already in the room that I'm not interested in more green tile (and salmon pink is NOT an option, too limiting). I know, ultimately, that I have to go with what will please me (and my husband says he's not opposed to subway tile, just that he leans toward what is more period appropriate).
What do you guys think? My home looks like it could have been built in the '20s in most of its original features, with both Tudor and Art Deco details. My house has been on the local historic preservation foundation's tours more than once, and may be again when the bathroom is finished. If I go with subway tile, will renovation/preservation experts think, "Well, that looks nice but is not quite accurate for the 1930's"...?