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Making Retro Flooring a Modern Reality

Interior design trend reports confirm that natty twists on classics, for that industrial-chic-meets-vintage vibe, are hot right now but what are your best bets for nailing this style sensation when it comes to floor and wall tiles? Whether it’s retro wood effect flooring with a hint of freshness, natural stone wall tiles with modern flair or cool concrete coverings set alongside warm furnishings, The Porcel-Thin team suggests the finest go-to options for rocking the latest look.

Retro flooring revelations

Jerusalem limestone effect porcelain floor tiles in Griseo colour from Porcel-Thin

Masterful at achieving a nouveau retro richness that will bring any space bang up-to-date, our porcelain tiles boast a high-quality structure that’s manufactured to stand the test of time and future trends. Unbelievably strong yet thinner than most, Porcel-Thin tiles allow you to achieve sensational style without having to scrimp on substance.

Teak streak – Featured in modish homes of the 1950s-1970s, teak makes a welcome return as part of Porcel-Thin’s 2018 collection. While interior designers have expressed a fondness for shabby-chic reclaimed wood effects and understated Scandi style timber in recent years, our Teak Wood Effect Antibacterial Tiles and Tigerwood Effect Antibacterial Tiles are at the forefront of the retro revival. Question: What gives these wood effect tiles a new wave? Answer: The fact that they’re made in an eco-friendly way from high-performance porcelain that’s packed from core to surface with antibacterial action.

Tigerwood effect antibacterial thin porcelain tiles by Porcela-Thin 

Stone cool – When it comes to classic coverings, natural stone tiles spring to mind. There’s nothing like the rustic charm of a kitchen with honed aged limestone flooring or the beauty of a bathroom decked in polished marble. But what Porcel-Thin brings to the table is a variety of durable and versatile porcelain wall and floor tiles featuring the naturally stunning characteristics of stone. Offerings such as Melbourne Sandstone are available in an earthy matt finish or with a contrasting polished surface. You could even mix and match cool-toned natural stone effect tiles with warmer wood effect tiles or get textural and embrace man-made materials by applying concrete accents. 

This elegant bathroom features large Crepito aged Limestone Porcelain wall and floor tiles from Porcel-Thin

Monotone mingle – As popular among British Victorians for mosaics as they were for floors in 1950s diners stateside, chequerboard style monotone tiles are ravishingly retro. Our extra-large-format black and white tiles could be paired to create that old-school look on a colossal contemporary scale. This is so effective in large lounges and kitchens that are crying out for a simple statement wall or space divider.  

A modern take on the black and white them with large Mono porcelain tiles from Porcel-Thin

Concrete combinations  

As mentioned in our 2018 interior design trends article, Porcel-Thin has been beating the concrete-look-tiles-drum for a few seasons but the time has come to discover what makes concrete flooring and wall coverings such a fantastic feature when harmonised with more traditional styling.

Cream structured concrete effect large porcelain tiles from Porcel-Thin used for a large retro kitchen floor

Totally on-trend is our Tosca Concrete Tile collection, the cooling concrete effect combined with the warming cream-to-mocha tones make this the ultimate urban-meets-retro example. Adding mute matt magic to large open spaces, we’re sure these porcelain tiles are going to be a favourite among project specifiers this year.

Alternatively, you can achieve that of-the-moment mix using concrete flooring, such as our Cemento Structured Concrete Tiles, in smaller spaces alongside industrial details such as pendent lighting and burnished metal fixtures. This will add the textural interest and vintage glow that makes this trend so liveable.

Beautiful balance

One way to marry retro flooring with industrial accessories, and vice versa, is to jump feet first into this year’s “rugging” movement. While you could choose fabric rugs to extend the warmth and textural effect of concrete flooring or stone walling, why not create a virtual rug using porcelain tiles instead?

Rug effect lounge floor created using contrasting granite effect Porcel-Thin tiles

All you need to do is install a border of plain tiles (or tiles of an alternative texture or contrasting colour) around patterned tiles to achieve a rug effect. This works just as well on floors as it does walls, especially when separating out different zones in larger living spaces.


Katy Lassetter

22nd February 2018

Retro porcelain floor tile ideas from Porcel-Thin