Hex Mosaic Floor Tile Splurge for vintage character restoration
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Hex Mosaic Floor Tile: Splurge

Prized by Victorians for its good looks and fortitude against frequent scouring, patterned black-and-white hex tile remains a top pick for kitchens and baths.

Dry-pressed in steel molds, these unglazed porcelain hex tiles have the square-cut edges characteristic of vintage originals. The snowflake design is one of 13 historic patterns that can be made to order in just about any color combination imaginable. Just remember: For the most authentic look, light gray is the color of choice for grout.

Black snowflake No. H 1205 (floor shown with an additional Greek key border), about $23 per square foot; American Restoration Tile
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