Penny Tile For Your Thoughts?

Woodgrain laminate floating vanity with tile accent wall and light up medicine cabinet

Penny tile is the small design choice that creates big impact through repetition. While rooted in traditional style, penny tile is popping up in modern bathrooms and kitchens thanks to the array of colors and finishes that are now available.

“Penny tile is so popular right now. In addition to the traditional black, white and neutrals, we’re seeing bold and primary colors, metallic, neon and other fun options that can be worked into your kitchen or bath design” says Normandy Designer Laura Barber, AKBD.

For a Hinsdale couple remodeling what Laura describes as a true mid-century home, built in the 1960s in which the primary bath is also the hall bath, the right choice was penny tile in solid color porcelain. It beautifully complements the other tile in the room, a large format porcelain that looks like marble. “It’s not a big bathroom, but we created big impact by installing penny tile across the entire wall,” she says.

“It’s very striking and quite textural. We highlighted the texture by choosing cabinetry in a textural laminate,” says Laura. The results are definitely dramatic. “The goal was to make it a little showy.This is the bathroom that guests use when they entertain and they wanted to keep it fun while using the neutrals they love. The repetition of the penny tile makes it really interesting,” Laura adds.

White Penny Tile

If you don’t want to go for an entire penny tile wall, consider using it as an accent and definitely don’t feel constrained to just the bathroom. Penny tile is well suited to use in the kitchen.

Laura offers up some ideas, “Use penny tile as a bold backsplash for a wow pop of color in the kitchen. Penny tile is also good for creating accents like stripes in a kid’s bathroom or a beautiful wall niche in the shower.”

With so many interesting ways to use penny tile, you might want to talk to Laura about the possibilities for your own bathroom or kitchen. You can find inspiration in the Normandy Remodeling photo galleries. We share design ideas and photos on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Follow along for doses of beauty in your feed throughout the week.

Blue penny tile stripe and shower nichePenny tile with pencil liner and subway tile


Dancing Light In An Artistic Bathroom Remodel

After 30 years in their home, this West Chicago couple still loves everything about living there. The neighborhood is great, the house suits their lifestyle, and after a primary suite remodel, it is ready for another 30 years as their forever home.

Gray and white bathroom with double vanity

“The homeowners committed to a luxurious bathroom remodel that will last the rest of their lives. We went for timeless materials mixed in with some real wow moments,” says Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe.

The soothing walls and flooring are large format porcelain tile, which is complemented by quartz countertops. “Porcelain is so durable and super user-friendly,” Ashley says, adding, “you get the look of classic marble without the worry.”

Ashley explains the secret to enduring good looks is choosing very realistic porcelain tile. “This looks like marble. Freestanding bathtub in a primary bathroomIt doesn’t look marble-ish or something like marble. The more realistic a material looks the longer it will last. If you go with something less real looking it can wind up being trendy and eventually date the room,” she says.

The light streaming in from the windows touches every spot in the room and influenced every design choice. “The goal was to keep things light and bright. We used a lot of reflective materials. The crystal light fixture throws off beautiful prisms of light. So does the tile in the shower niche.” Ashley says.

The windows also frame the sculptural tub, which is the focal point in a room full of beautiful things at which to look. “It’s gorgeous, and it needs to be,” says Ashley, adding, “You see the tub as you come up the stairs, you see it as you enter the bathroom. It sets the tone for the room and everything else needs to live up to it.”

Gray bathroom vanity with acrylic chair

Even things you don’t notice hold their own here. The double sinks and center vanity appear simply chic. They are much more than just symmetrical and striking though. “It took some dedicated work to get everything to line up just right. We worked with the tile to get the prettiest veining pattern, recessed the mirrors to get them to line up just right with the inset cabinets. The sink drawers were also carefully planned,” says Ashley. In the end, it looks completely effortless. “It all just feels right,” says Ashley.


Bathroom vanity drawers and doors that look like drawers

The cabinets are painted gray, but not any gray of the moment that might date this masterpiece. “It’s a custom color with the right kind of blue undertones. With this sort of gray, you can bring in warm toned accents as they did with the artwork,” says Ashley. This custom gray also appears on the new built-in cabinetry that Ashley designed to replace an awkward fireplace in the primary bedroom.

It’s the perfect retreat for this couple. Artful, but user-friendly, with both the freestanding tub and a large shower for all the spa-worthy self-care this couple needs. They can switch out the art seasonally or after a few years. With walls, windows and surfaces this pretty, any art will shine.

Is your bathroom ready for a refresh? Set up a time to talk to Ashley about turning your outdated space into a forever favorite. There are plenty of other ideas in the Normandy Remodeling photo galleries. If you’re looking for more inspiration, we share ideas on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Follow along with us to see the latest.

Modern light fixtures in a bathroom Dual vanity with makeup table

White and gray shower Decorative tile in the shower with penny size hexagon tiles

Gray vanity with drawers and doors and makeup table Wrap around angled media center in bedroom

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