The Art Deco bistro tile floor is a classic for kitchens that’s not seen often. Here’s a beauty.
When you live in New York City, a bistro tile floor is more than a classic, it’s a staple. When I lived in a 1929 building, we found an original bistro tile floor beneath a newer tile floor added during the 1960s. Many of these original floors are still going strong in restaurants and public spaces. Floors in this style are generally based on 1-inch hexagonal tiles, interrupted at intervals with clusters of dots and contained within a patterned architectural border. Whatever the color combination used, a bistro tile floor is graphic, rug-like and lively. In the case of this Boulder Colorado kitchen, the floor elevates an otherwise generic dark wood kitchen to a very stylish space. It helps here, too, that the kitchen has no island so the border and field patterns are shown off to great advantage.
White is the default field color for the floor. White hex (6-sided hexagonal) tiles are used inside the border, which touches the base of the cabinets all around.
The border is composed of 1-inch squares. A line of chocolate brown squares defines the outside of the border and a line of charcoal gray tile runs inside the brown. The interior border tiles are 1-inch white squares with a fretwork design rendered in brown and charcoal. White squares are used outside the boarders and run under the cabinets and to the walls. In order to highlight the design, gray grout was used.
A close up of the floor shows additional details. The dot clusters int he field are six gray hex tiles set around a single brown. The fretwork is created by staggering brown and gray squares. Tile designers use graph paper to lay out floors like this, get all the dots lined up properly and make it all come out evenly. This floor is very nicely installed, too. From a design standpoint, the dot clusters point up the medium-dark glaze of the wood cabinets, which are topped with black stone counters. That makes the floor neutral despite the pattern. And even if the cabinets were all painted white it would still look great though perhaps not quite as dramatic. However, anyone seeking a kitchen floor with a “wow!” factor need look no further.
(Source: Petersen Remodel)
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