Tile experts:Can I find tiles w/shade variation & straight edge?

9 years ago

I generally post in Kitchens, but someone suggested I tap the tile wisdom that resides in this forum. I am trying to find tile for my backsplash in a vintage-look kitchen. I have come to the conclusion that what I would like is tiles that have substantial color variation (probably V2 or V3), but have well-formed, straight edges. I plan to use colored, 4.25x4.25 tiles.

I have a thread going in the kitchen forum where I am contemplating various characteristics of ceramic tile as it relates to perceived richness. ( ) I have come to the conclusion that shade variation is an important factor.

I wish to evoke a vintage look similar to this:

but with tiles that have variegated shading comparable to that found in my bathroom:

However, all the tile I have been able to find so far that has straight edges has NO color variation; alternately, I can find nicely shaded, varied tiles but these all seem to be handmolded with wavy edges. I am hoping one of you can point me towards some likely sources of nicely formed tiles that vary in shade.



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