The floor tiling trends in Melbourne have changed dramatically throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s to now. As a Melbourne tiler, I can often guess the design year of a home by the tiles when I'm doing a quote. 1960s tiling was like everything else in the 60s - psychedelic, colourful with plenty of floral tiling too. A lot of 60s homes used that pale green or pink in the bathroom to match the sink and toilet or created a contrast with black and white floor tiling. A lot of these designs are seen in older homes around St Kilda and Brighton and plenty of clients order these floor tiles to get that retro look that complements their home.
The 1970s was a pretty gruesome period in floor tiling history and if I see them these days when doing tiling in Melbourne I'm usually being asked to remove them. Golds, browns, greens, oranges and yellows were widely used not only for floor tiling but for tiled bench tops and splashbacks. We also seemed pretty fond of textured tiling, and we tiled everything with tiny square brown, orange or green tiles - coffee tables, baths, dining tables and outdoor furniture!
We calmed down in the 80s and the colours were more subdued pinks and salmons with high gloss often with silver streaks or lines sweeping through. It's pretty much the decade where we weren't simply content with floor tiling in Melbourne, we went up the walls to the ceiling mostly seen in laundries, games rooms and bathrooms.
With the 90s we got busy and the Melbourne floor tiling reflects this too. We wanted minimalist, high gloss tiling in dark greys, blacks and natural stone colours. We took to hard surface floor tiling with larger tiles that are low maintenance and easy to clean.
So, where are we now with Melbourne tiling? We seem to be following the trend of the 90s but are a bit bolder with colour. As a Melbourne tiler, I've noticed a trend for reds, dark greys and again the natural stone coloured tiling is proving popular. I also get plenty of requests for retro floor tiling mimicking designs of the 60s but, for now, we seem happy to leave the 70s where they are.