vintage minimalist modern home with patterned tile floors. / sfgirlbybay

one of the amazing things about traveling around europe is how very ancient it is and the unique charm which that exudes. the architecture is awe-inspiring and gives you such a sense of history — here in america we just don’t go that far back and sometimes there’s not as much of an appreciation for the past and more of a look towards the future, so older buildings are often done away with. so i really love seeing these older spaces and even when they might be decaying in one way or another, i find a kind of celebratory beauty in that aging. older floors are so prevalent in europe and even very mismatched tile floors might share just a single household. the airbnb we had in palermo (just above) must have had five or six different tile patterns going on and it was beautiful. i thought i’d share a little bit of that kind of lovely flooring with you today. embrace the old and be inspired!

inspiring rustic modern dining area with vintage chandelier. / sfgirlbybay

italian pattern tiled floors. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining area with pattern tiled floors. / sfgirlbybay

tile floors in boutique shop. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring dining room with patterned tile flooring. / sfgirlbybay

black and yellow checked flooring. / sfgirlbybay

yellow and black checkered floors. / sfgirlbybay

tiled flooring in modern sitting room with daybed. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched vintage dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

tiled floors in whitewashed home. / sfgirlbybay

vintage tiled floors in whitewashed bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

triangle print tile floors. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: @sfgirlbybay; architectural digest espana; bo bedre; architectural digest espana; archiproducts; freunde von freunden; archiproducts; architectural digest espana; about decoration; the poetry of material things; david kohn architects.

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