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  1. A period home with a glamourous, eclectic twist

    A period home with a glamourous, eclectic twist We love seeing customer projects come to life, whether it’s a modern kitchen or bathroom, a heritage hallway or a beautiful patio! When we discovered @casaoldcorn on Instagram and saw the most beautiful hallway featuring our Victorian Floor Tiles, we were delighted to work with Lauren and Mark on an exciting fireplace makeover.   Lauren’s Instagram account @casaoldcorn showcases the renovation of her beautiful family home, from her eclectic styling and design to makeover projects and interior ideas. We caught up with Lauren to find out more about how tiles can totally transform a space. Original Style: Can you tell us a little bit about your beautiful home? Lauren: We live in the north east of England and have lived in our home for around five years. Our home is Edwardian and was built in the early 1900s, our first home was a new build but we really love all the character and features you get in a period property.  Original Style: What were your primary goals when it came to updating your home, especially the living area and fireplace? Lauren: Our primary goals when decorating are always to make it more cosy and interesting. With the fireplace we could see its full potential and wanted to make it into more of a feature in the room. We knew the fireplace would look great painted a colour so we opted for a deep blue and we adore Original Style tiles, tiling the fireplace hearth has created so much more impact. We opted for Victorian Floor tiles in a bespoke pattern using pops of pastel colours - it looks amazing!  Original Style: Where did you find the inspiration for your hallway and living room? Lauren: Lots of our inspiration comes from other homes on Instagram. We love bold patterns and colours and have lots of quirky items that are conversation starters throughout our home. We love traditional prints and colours but with a twist. As soon as we moved in we knew tiles would look so much better in the hall than the dark wood floors which were installed beforehand. We had seen others hallways and could see the potential in ours.  Once we had decided on tiles for both the hallway and hearth we went on the hunt for the perfect ones. We found Original Style Victorian Floor tiles and loved all the different patterns and the quality looked great. The Original Style team where so helpful at helping me choose a pattern and colours for the hearth and sending me images to help me pick, they were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble. Original Style: Why did you choose this particular Victorian Floor Tile pattern, border and colourway for your fireplace?  Lauren: We went with the monochrome checkerboard tiles for our hallway as we think they’re stunning and timeless. We know for as-long as we live here they will never age and any decor will easily go with them. We decided to go for a detailed Victorian Floor Tile pattern for our hearth as it’s really traditional but with a little twist which we love. The pastel centres really bring it all to life.  Original Style: How important would you say it is to use a professional tiler? Lauren: We were on the hunt for a good tiler for the job and we found a really good local man to lay them. He was great and took the time and had the skills needed for the job. I think it’s really important to use an experienced tiler as the patterns are complex, with a number of pieces - it’s definitely an art and a job we couldn’t tackle ourselves. Original Style: What would you say to someone looking to incorporate tiled focal points in their home? Lauren: If you’re looking to incorporate tiles into your home, I would say go for it! They add so much character and they’re beautiful. It’s so special adding original features back into a period home. Walking into our home with our beautiful floor brings us so much joy.  Browse the full Victorian Floor Tile range here or check out our brochure for pattern ideas, more real life installations and tips on selecting a border and colourways.   Read more...
  2. Heritage Hallways | Create a timeless welcome with geometric, Victorian Floor Tiles

    Heritage Hallways | Create a timeless welcome with geometric, Victorian Floor Tiles The hallway is the first room you and your guests see when entering your home, so it’s worth investing in the design to make a great first impression. This room can sometimes be overlooked as one of the less frequently used rooms in the home. But opting for hard-wearing yet beautiful geometric floor tiles is a great way to add character as well as practicality. Victorian Floor tiles are renowned for decorating the floors of period properties. From simple chequerboard pathways to detailed porches and entryways, this style of geometric tiling has never gone out of style. Our Victorian Floor tile patterns are made up of individual pieces such as squares, rectangles, triangles and hexagons in many sizes and colours. This allows for the creation of lots of pattern options like the classic octagon-dot and more complex layouts, that incorporate a number of pieces. It also helps for those working with older properties where walls and floors may be a little uneven, the small, individual tiles allow for greater flexibility on installation and can be cut to fit tricky spaces. Our Victorian Floor Tile collection is produced using similar production techniques to their original counterparts, which adds to their authentic charm and means they will last for generations to come. To create something truly unique, explore our range of decorative drop in tiles to really set off the look. If you have a dark hallway, it might be worth leaning into a more atmospheric style with dark walls and a contrasting floor. A really important part of selecting your Victorian Floor Tiles is taking some time to look and feel samples. You can create your own mood-boards, play around with shapes and colourways and start to think about which pattern you will go for. Choose from a variety of colours including traditional Buff and Red, classic Black and White, contemporary greys and even pastel tones. These colours are designed to work together and complement each other in order to create a range of pattern options. Whatever your taste, Victorian Floor Tiles can act as the foundation to build upon. While some designs may be seen as complex and bold, the designs can be paired with a variety of schemes. To really express your style go for bold wallpaper, complementary paint colours and playful accessories and create a gorgeous, eclectic space as pictured above. Or, if you prefer neutral interiors, pare back a bold pattern with light walls and fresh lighting. …So if you’re thinking of installing Victorian Floor tiles in your home or just want to find out more about our iconic range, take a look at our brochure and find your nearest retailer here Read more...
  3. Victorian Floor Tile Excellence - Watch our video here

    Victorian Floor Tile Excellence - Watch our video here We’re proud to offer a vast range of beautiful tiles and while we adore all our collections, our heritage Victorian Floor Tile collection is one of our most cherished.   Our collection began in 1990 but Victorian geometric floor tiles have been used in interiors for well over a century and are still just as popular today. Whilst interest in these tiles soar, we understand that many people still may not be aware of the benefits and enduring quality that Victorian Floor Tiles have to offer. That’s why we’ve created this inspiring video to showcase the beauty, history and expertise of our collection and how Victorian Floor Tiles can completely transform a space.Our video focuses on the quality, style and authenticity of our Victorian Floor Tile range and also touches on installation by demonstrating the intricate nature of geometric tiling and how using individual pieces allows for more precise fitting to create an authentic, quality finish which will last for generations to come. So if you’re thinking of installing Victorian Floor tiles in your home or just want to find out more about our iconic range - this video is perfect for you! So sit back relax and enjoy.       Read more...
  4. How to select the perfect Victorian Floor Tile pattern

    How to select the perfect Victorian Floor Tile pattern If you’re thinking about using Victorian Floor tiles in your home, garden or front path – you might be wondering where to start, especially as there are such an array of styles and colours to choose from…   Our Victorian Floor tile patterns are made up of individual pieces such as squares, rectangles, triangles and hexagons in many sizes. This allows for the creation of ample patterns, from simple checkerboards to more complex layouts that incorporate a number of pieces. Using individual pieces also allows for greater flexibility upon installation as well as a more aesthetic and authentic finish. Colourways Choose from a variety of colours including traditional Buff and Red, classic Black and White, contemporary greys and even pastel tones. These colours are designed to work together and complement each other in order to create a number of patterns. A really important part of selecting your Victorian Floor Tiles is taking some time to look and feel samples. You can create your own mood-boards, play around with shapes and colourways and start to think about which pattern you will opt for.   Simple Patterns The most iconic and renowned Victorian Floor tile pattern is the simple checkerboard. We offer many pattern options in this style, Dorchester which uses smaller squares to create a more detailed pattern and Oxford which uses larger squares for a more classic look. Both of these patterns use square tiles in a ‘diamond’ layout, for a standard checkerboard style take a look at our Cambridge pattern. Most popular in black and white, these patterns will look beautiful in many colourways, we love mixing three tones together to create a more intricate look: If you’re looking for an even simpler pattern then take a look at Whitby and Scarborough, (as shown on the left) both use rectangle shapes in a herringbone layout that look beautiful when installed in just one colour. For something with a little more detail, take a look at the Brighton and Edinburgh patterns (right) they incorporate squares and rectangles for a more detailed but still understated look.     Detailed Patterns Opting for a more detailed, complex pattern is a great way to create some statement style. If you’re feeling bold and looking to create a striking floor pattern we have plenty of options. Starting with some of the most symmetrical, geometric options Conway (left) and Richmond. These patterns offer more detail than those pictured above as they use more single pieces building a more intricate look.  For even more impact, take a look at our Carlisle and Hexham (right) patterns, they both incorporate hexagon and diamond shapes, perfect for creating a star-like effect for a contemporary feel.   Borders We recommend installing a border with any Victorian Floor tile pattern, adding a border to a geometric floor pattern is like framing a beautiful picture — a border can enhance an intricate pattern and add interest to something less complex. They are practical too, bridging the sometimes awkward gaps between pattern and wall edges. Matching and contrasting borders can be made up from the huge range of plain and decorated tiles in the range.   Decorated tiles Our hand-decorated tiles come in various sizes, colours and patterns. Smaller tiles are ideal to use individually to add variety and contrast within a geometric tile pattern or border. These decorated tiles are the ideal complement to plain colours. Based on traditional Victorian designs, the decorations are in colours designed to sit alongside the geometric tiles. Choose from panels, individual drop-ins and borders and corners in differing colours and styles. To find out more about getting started on your Victorian Floor tile project contact your local retailer.   Read more...
  5. 30 years of Victorian Floor Tiles!

    30 years of Victorian Floor Tiles! 2020 is an exciting year for us here at Original Style because we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of our iconic Victorian Floor Tile collection!   Our authentic collection began in 1990 and since then we’ve established an extensive range of shapes, colours, patterns and borders alongside hand-crafted decorative tiles. Over the last 30 years, Victorian Floor Tiles have become even more popular, especially for those renovating period properties. The introduction of more contemporary colours has enabled homeowners to create a wider range of looks, in modern muted greys and chic neutrals as well as the more traditional, red, buff and monochrome palettes.   With such a rich history and a seemingly flourishing future, we thought we’d take this opportunity to look through some of the most interesting, inspiring and unusual Victorian Floor Tile installations throughout the last three decades and explore just how timeless these tiles are.   Making it monochrome When you think about Victorian Floor tiles you might envisage a beautiful black and white checkerboard path, or entryway into a period style property and this classic style is still one of the most popular today. There are few colour combinations that have as wide reaching and universal appeal as black and white – whether your style is contemporary, traditional, glamorous or even low key, you can always achieve it with this classic colour combo. Use alone for a striking and bold impression or as a base for adding pops of colour. There’s no denying the impact of this classic look and it’s no surprise that the monochrome style is still so popular – just look at these gorgeous installations!   Creating something unique If you’re a bit more adventurous and want to create something a bit different, our Victorian Floor tiles are definitely for you. Many people automatically assume that Victorian-style tiles can only be used in traditional patterns and layouts but this isn't the case. As patterns are made up of individual pieces in a range of shapes, you can create something entirely bespoke that suits your taste. Intricate patterns with lots of colours and shapes create a completely new dynamic and can be paired with modern touches, like metallics, velvets and lots of greenery for a fresh and vibrant feel. Whether it’s your hallway, path, lounge, kitchen or bathroom, Victorian Floor Tiles will really add that ‘wow’ factor!   In neutral Sometimes less is more and opting for a neutral colourway is a great way to add some understated impact. With warmer tones becoming more and more popular, these beige, taupe and mink hues are perfect for adding both warmth and elegance to a space – and these installations are some of the most stunning we’ve seen!   Keeping it vintage Many of the most striking Victorian Floor Tile installations are those which incorporate the more traditional colours of red, buff, green and even blue as well as decorative ‘drop in’ tiles. These colours are perfect for recreating authentic features of a period property and they’ve stood the test of time in their style and design, making them a timeless choice. Our selection of exclusive hand-crafted decorative tiles are designed and manufactured at our production site in Exeter, Devon, these beautiful pieces can be used as drop-ins within a Victorian Floor Tile pattern and/or border for added detail and timeless charm. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on our Victorian Floor Tile collection throughout 2020 and if you’re thinking about using these tiles in your home, visit your local retailer for more information, advice and ideas.  Read more...
  6. Top tips for using Victorian floor tiles in porches, paths, gardens and halls

    Top tips for using Victorian floor tiles in porches, paths, gardens and halls Geometric Victorian style tiles are incredibly popular at the moment, with more and more people embracing traditional styles as much as simplistic monochrome versions. We've also noticed more and more homeowners updating traditional patterns in modern grey, black and white palettes.   Some people are a little daunted by Victorian tiles as they can be tricky to lay. The process requires lots of patience and forward planning as patterns are made up of individual tile pieces which have to be laid precisely, one by one. We always recommend using an experienced tiler to get the best result! One of the most cost effective and time efficient ways of incorporating the Victorian style into your home is to focus on a small area, such as a cloakroom, porch, hallway, front path, step or conservatory. Whilst it might seem counterintuitive, making a feature of a compact space can actually have as much impact as using on a large scale. Sprucing up a garden path at the front of your property will increase its kerb appeal, as well as giving visitors a warm welcome. The same can be said for hallways, which will make your home an inviting place to return to, not to mention the fact that ceramic tiles are incredibly hard wearing and easy to clean and maintain - crucial for those wet umbrellas and muddy boots. It's a common misconception that grand geometric tiles can't be used on a small scale, but lots of traditional patterns scale down beautifully to small areas. If you can't find anything you like, you could always create something entirely bespoke using individual tile pieces in a huge array of colours. To create something truly unique, you can use decorative drop in tiles as accents to really set off the look. These look great when used within an otherwise plain pattern, drawing the eye and demanding attention Read more...

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