a PENNY for your thoughts
September 9, 2016
Penny Round Tiles have been around for more than a century but they feel more mid-century than they do turn of the century. They certainly have a fresh look for todays Bathrooms, Kitchens, Foyers and Mud Rooms. Originally sold in face-mounted paper sheets and set into a sand-and-cement mortar that also served as the grout, easy-to-clean unglazed porcelain circles debuted in bathrooms and kitchens in the early 1900s.
Regarded as a great no-slip surface, penny tile is now available in ceramic ( now mesh-mounted or joined with glue dots for easy installation) porcelain (fired multiple times for better durability in high traffic areas) and natural stone. Make a splash with penny rounds as back-splashes, shower walls, and fireplace surrounds.
Obviously, these little beauties are pretty transformable and suit looks from modern to traditional. I think they are a nice counter point to large slabs of natural stone and the scale of their movement, and they soften square and rectangular tiles with their happy round edges. I’m leaning toward using them on the floor in a bathroom remodel I’m planning. What do you think? …a penny for your thoughts.