Trend Alert: Penny Round Tiles
A tile as old as time is resurfacing in our favorite interiors. Penny round tiles have been around for what feels like an eternity. A cousin of the hexagon tile, the penny round is one of those classic and inexpensive options that have grazed the floors of our bathrooms and even kitchens forever. Today, it is reemerging in a whole new way: Entire floors and even ceilings are covered in the iconic tile. Keep scrolling for some of our favorite penny-tiled rooms.
In this dreamy Hawaiian vacation home, designer Michelle Smith created a low-maintenance, spa-like environment with brass and marble fixtures and a wall of moss-green penny tiles.
In a second bathroom, the penny tile look is repeated, this time in a sandy tone, mixed in with traditional brass fixtures and an inviting clawfoot tub.
They say three’s a trend. The look of penny round tile with vintage brass fixtures and a freestanding bath continues outside of Hawaii at the Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin. The wall of black penny tiles with ornate black mouldings and dramatic brass fixtures creates a too-cool-for-school monochrome look perfect for this quirky hip hotel.
The Hotel Saint Cecilia bathrooms are covered floor to ceiling in black penny tiles, creating a sexy dramatic effect.
One of the main selling points of the floor-to-ceiling penny tile is its low-maintenance appeal, particularly well suited to young families. For instance, this family-friendly bathroom looks as if it could be washed down with a hose in an instant.
When used with a contrasting grout, the penny tile can make quite a statement. In this quirky bathroom, it is combined with a mosaic blue-and-white floor tile to create a refined yet eclectic look.
By contrast, when used with a matching grout, penny tiles can become almost invisible, creating only a subtle texture in an otherwise minimalist but modern décor.
In small spaces particularly, using a simple white penny round tile on all surfaces can actually make a room appear bigger and brighter. The owners of this home mixed all-white classic white penny tiles with timeless fixtures, adding just a few accessories for a pop of color.
Due to their malleable nature, penny tiles are often used beyond the floors and walls, as a finish to built-in bathroom furniture or baths. They can easily be applied to curved surfaces making them especially handy in non-standard spaces.
Penny tiles are often seen in kitchens, as well, either as flooring or backsplash options. In this kitchen, a white tile with contrasting gray grout adds character and texture to an otherwise very minimalist kitchen.
Perhaps one of our favorite applications of the penny round tile is on curved surfaces, such as the bathroom above, where it is used to round out the ceiling, creating a softening effect.
Do you have a piggy bank bursting at the seams? Take the penny tile trend literally like the residents of this Redpath apartment in Montreal did, and cover your walls with actual pennies.
Would you try penny round tiles in your home? Sound off in the comments below!