Back to origins. The rise of hydraulic tiles

3 August, 2021

In interior design, as in fashion, trends are cyclical. Even more so in an era in which trends are “rescued” from several decades ago and adapted to contemporary times. Hydraulic tiles are a good example of this phenomenon, since they are still used more than 150 years after their origin.

Hydraulic ceramics emerged in the mid-19th century as a cheaper and more efficient alternative to producing tiles, as it could be obtained without the need to bake the pieces. Already 100 years ago, in the 1920s and 1930s, their popularity skyrocketed and they became a very common resource for their striking and characteristic designs. From here its use was declining until it became the ‘vintage’ fashion that is today.

Today, white paste allows to perfectly imitate the designs of hydraulic ceramics in a cheaper way (as it does not require expensive artisan manufacturing) and with extraordinary strength. Baldocer has in its catalogue several collections that are inspired by the cheerful designs of hydraulic tiles. These are some of the most outstanding.


This cheerful and luminous series features eight different designs in 25×25 cm format. It is characterized by the predominance of blue in various shades with white background and orange and green details.


With a matt finish and a very interesting worn effect, the nine designs of Hakea in 25×25 cm format are perfect to give an “old” touch to any space.


Very original natural motifs with very pleasant colors to bring harmony to the environments.


15×15 cm pieces with a Mediterranean tone thanks to their designs and the combination of the white background with the blue shapes.


The joy of hydraulic designs combined with the sobriety of neutral tones. Shina is a very original way of giving life to spaces.


A very interesting collection with satin effect and a wear that gives a more vintage tone, both in its Ash color, with blue tones; as in Cream, which mixes gray with orange tones.

Old things always come back and the hydraulic tiles are going to stay for a long time. A non-combustible trend that always finds ways to reinvent new designs, colors, effects and formats to fill homes with joy.