Beautiful, ornate, antique tin ceiling tiles are very popular today and are used as decorative accessories, wall decoration, artwork supports and, of course, projects for home remodeling. Such cute and trendy "collectibles" are back in vogue and still attract a lot of customers. You can find ceiling tins in original shape or as newly manufactured products made to imitate the charm and elegance of the older looks. Many groups of people were eager to find tiles in their original shape: dealers, homeowners and craftsmen / artists. First, let's start with the tin ceiling tiles with a little background. Pressed or embossed tin ceilings were a very popular substitute for the plaster-designed ceilings found in wealthy European homes during the Victorian era. Intricate designs are etched on thin metal sheets of zinc, copper or stainless steel and often painted white to resemble the more costly, hand-carved or molded plaster ceilings. Companies produced thin metal plate during the late 1800s in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania mass and created numerous patterns from which buyers could choose.
Tin ceiling tiles fell out of style during the WW II period when materials were saved for the war effort and other ceiling styles were marketed. By the 1950s and 1960s, the marketplace was dominated by acoustic drop ceiling tiles and dry wall and was found in homes, hotels and buildings. Because of the beautiful designs and craftsmanship of the original tin ceiling tiles, many people like to collect these lovely antique items. Collectors enjoy finding tiles of various sizes and looking for tiles with unique patterns, shapes, colors and symbols. On websites, these tiles are classified in the antique category under the heading "Architectural & Garden." You will find early tin ceiling tiles by searching for the words antique ceiling tins. Using the word vintage ceiling tile, a list of "vintage style" or "reproduced" tiles is usually called up. Prices vary depending on design size, quantity and uniqueness. For collectible older tiles, prices vary by rarity, availability, pattern complexity and whether a particular tile has been reproduced. You can expect to find small ordinary tiles for as little as $5 and fancier larger tiles or tile groups from $25 and up.
With so many reproduced tiles available, telling the vintage pieces from the new models can be a little tricky. Older ceiling tin is heavier than the newer version and has surfaces with plenty of rust, dents, chippy paint, sharp scaly edges and sharp nail holes. Although reproductions are made to look like the real thing, you'll notice that the new items are smoother and lighter and just too perfect. It is also worth mentioning that, when they are not, old tiles sometimes appear new. This can occur when cleaning and finishing a vintage piece or framing an original tile with an old door or window trim. In contrast to older rusting tiles, newer tiles are often made with a special rust-proof powder finish that allows for indoor and outdoor use. But even newer tiles that are "cleaned up" look and feel different than new ones. Collectors who treat many of these complex art works learn to differentiate the distinctions. While true collectors mix and match their collections of different tile sources, homeowners may need to find multiple tiles to remodel a kitchen ceiling or frame a fireplace. We look at new iterations of these exquisite decorative items in general.
Built of a variety of materials such as glass, vinyl, wood and plastics, replicated tiles come in various colors and finishes. Copper, copper, gold, red, silver, brown, burgundy, mocha and white or unpainted for personalized paints are common colors for store-bought tin tiles. Most companies carry a variety of colors and styles. A new tile is snapping locks. You can screw these tiles into any ceiling (drop, popcorn, etc.). Before you start a project, you can order sample tiles to evaluate.
Although the snap-lock ceiling tile variety is very common, today there are other revolutionary ceiling tile applications on the market. For example, you can now buy tiles that come in rolls such as wallpaper, as well as ceiling tile peel-and-stick styles. Homeowners also incorporate tiles as a kitchen backsplash or a medallion for hanging fixtures as well as using ceiling tiles. Several imaginative people even use as mock headboards ceiling tiles. Another group of people are artists and craftsmen who are looking for vintage tiles. These talented folks make beautiful objects of art from these rescued masterpieces of architecture.
Many artists like painting on ceiling vintage tiles. One artist I'm familiar with is looking for tins that are over 100 years old, in good shape, requiring minimal preparation work. The artist I'm referring to usually passes up tiles with holes or dents, instead preferring pieces with unusual designs or shapes that inspire her to use the background as part of her subject matter and design work. Other craftsmen have been very successful in selling frames made of old tiles and inserting floral and other images into a canvas. While many contemporary artists are finding a variety of ways to use old ceiling tins and other recycled materials, the Pennsylvania Dutch have long been producing items from tin. For example, they are noted from old tin roof material to create barn stars. Most nation gift shops sell stars for replication. As collectors, homeowners and artists fall in love with old-world craftsmanship, interest in architectural salvage continues to grow. In today's homes, using reclaimed ceiling tin as decorative accessories is an excellent way to mix older traditions with modern lifestyles.
A bright rainbow and a variety of design options make linoleum a good choice for a kitchen floor. The durable surface, often compared to vinyl, is great for busy spaces. It's up to traffic, water, heat, and scratching. Linoleum is inherently antibacterial and antistatic, which makes it easy to clean and hygienic. Marmoleum is also a hygienic choice of flooring in bathrooms and kitchens thanks to its antimicrobial properties, which occur naturally. One reason marmoleum in kitchens is so common is because it is resistant to heat.