Top 5 Things to Consider When Buying Antique Tiles

Whilst we are spending more time in our homes during these lockdown days we have the ideal chance to look at jobs that we may have been putting off and can now finally move them up to the top of our To Do list with no excuses.

The list could include cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, ditching old tools from our sheds or some bigger tasks that may need some dedicated thought and planning like a long overdue renovation project or refurbishment.

Often these are the projects that involve decisions relating to what to either put on walls or floors and its then that big choices need to be made.

Tiles are just one type of material suited to both areas and have never been more popular so here are a few top tips you may find useful to help you through the endless options:

What to Consider When Buying Antique Tiles

  1. Type of Tile

When buying tiles, you will need to think about more than simply the design and colour scheme of your room.

Tiles are made from different materials and depending on where you live and the climate that surrounds you these elements should be considered.

Cement, porcelain and other materials are used to make tiles strong and longer lasting. In the case of antique encaustic tiles, the depth of colour, the patina and many other features also come into play.

In the case of antique reclaimed tiles, the depth of colour, the patina and many other features also come into play.

Try to narrow down your choice by making sure the tiles are suited to where they are needing to be placed, find out about any special consideration for sealing the tiles once they are laid.

Most importantly see if the tiles you pick are suited to high moisture areas or heat areas if you are intending on using them in a kitchens or bathroom area.

  1. How Many Tiles Do You Need?

Measure your space carefully and then always over order the quantity you think you will need.

It’s common practice in the construction industry to purchase more materials than is initially needed and this is a good rule to follow.

The reason for this is firstly, some tiles may become damaged and split when fitting or cutting around difficult areas and secondly, it’s always best to buy extra in case the specific design or colour you choose is discontinued or only available in a limited number.

This is definitely advised when buying antique reclaimed tiles; the mere fact that the original artists are no longer around so many are unique in design and quantity is limited to the size of the original floor

  1. Choose Colours Carefully

The choice of colours is overwhelming, and you will feel drawn to pick your favourite from endless shades and designs but choose carefully.

Bold colours may at first be attractive to you but bear in mind if you ever intend on selling your home, a potential buyer may not be so keen.

Consider using daring colours or patterns as accent tiles rather than the entire floor or wall.  

Accessorise the rest of your room with your favourite colour choice and pick out hues to harmonise from your tiles.

You may equally feel like a refresh of your room at some stage so using accent tiles will again allow you to pick a different focus colour but with minimal outlay.

  1. Shop around with your priority list

Reclaimed tiles add a unique ‘olde worlde’ sense of style to any space and hold a wonderful sense of heritage and history like nothing else.

They are sourced from ancient buildings and crumbling homes either undergoing modernisation or completely forgotten and abandoned.

There are many suppliers who repute to source authentic reclaimed tiles but do your research carefully and ensure they are as authentic as they claim to be.  

Check that they are selling true original reclaimed tiles and not just pretty copies of old designs.

A genuine supplier can provide information on every tile offered; where the tile came from, its approximate age, and even who originally produced the tile are questions that should be easily answered.

  1. Avoid the pitfalls

Credible suppliers you find on the internet will often display customers reviews either directly in their own webpages or via a consumer review site like Google or TrustPilot. 

Providing a reassurance to potential customers that they are a legitimate resource for antique tiles is a good place to check you are buying what they are claiming is authentic.

Beware companies that have little to no information about customer’s past experiences.  

Featured post by Maitland & Poate. 



Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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