Streamline Moderne tile is characterized by pastel tile that feels quaint and comfortable in period homes. With light fields and darker horizontal trim, the Moderne collection is both striking and easy to work with in large spaces like bathrooms, kitchens, and common areas.
This series was inspired by the Streamline Moderne design era of the 1930s-’40s. After the stock market crash of 1929, the styles trended toward simple, industrial, and functional. The most common field tile at the time was pastel square tile with dark trim pieces, often at the cap and base. As Streamline Moderne evolved, more color was added to bathrooms, eventually evolving into the pink bathroom trend in later decades.
The glaze palette in the Moderne collection is made up of colorful pastels like Gloss Julep and Primrose. These glazes sport a high gloss finish that reflects the Art Deco influence from that era. The dark horizontal trims showcase the light colors as well. In deep hues like black, grey, or navy, the trims are usually made with more slender tile to enhance the fields of light pastel glazes.
Field tiles in the Streamline Moderne series were traditionally put together in a straight set pattern with four inch square tiles. The horizontal trim mouldings differ based on the design of the space. With high contrast between the colors and set up of the field tile and trim, this collection evokes a functional sweet style reminiscent of simpler times.
The Streamline Moderne series carries into modern decor seamlessly due to its high gloss finish and wide array of color options. While it updates period homes with authentic material, it also fits well into current design because of the tile’s classic feel paired with the palette’s youthful mix of colors. Find more ways to use timeless tile collections to create your very own aesthetic curation.