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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. A Victorian Floor Tile hallway makeover with Stacey from @end_of_the_row

    A Victorian Floor Tile hallway makeover with Stacey from @end_of_the_row When we say that tiles can completely transform a space, this is what we mean! We teamed up with Stacey Dyer, creator and founder of @end_of_the_row on Instagram, to help bring her hallway dreams to life.   Stacey’s Instagram account and blog focuses on the renovation of her Edwardian/Victorian home, where she shares the journey with over 230,000 followers. We were delighted to work with Stacey on this project, especially when we discovered she loves our Victorian Floor Tile collection as much as we do. We caught up with her to find out how the final project came together. Q. Please could you tell us a little bit about you and your blog/Instagram account, End of the Row? How did it all start and how have your platforms grown to where they are today? After moving into our house in 2015 we started to document our renovations for our own reference. Over the next few years, we started to build a following and seven years later it has organically grown to 232k. I come from a background in the beauty industry but have always had a passion, and I guess a bit of an eye for interiors, but I never dreamt that it would become what it is today. I’m now studying Interior Design and hope to be able to work full time in the wonderful world of interiors. Q. Tell us about your property, do you know when it was built? Does it have any interesting history? Our house was built in 1910, making it on the Edwardian/Victorian cusp. It’s in an old Suffolk market town where many of the buildings date back to the 1500’s so my house feels relatively new. Q. What made you opt for this style of property? We lived in an old property beforehand which was built in 1880 so have always loved old properties. When we came to view this house, we instantly fell in love with the entrance hall with its stained glass windows and original corbels. We knew we had to have it. Q. What made you choose Original Style’s Victorian Floor Tiles? The pattern choice and how you can mix different colours with different tile styles or switch up the border tile. It felt like I could make it original to us but still keep a classic look. Q. What advice would you give to people looking to incorporate Victorian Floor tiles within their interior? How can they best achieve this look? Go for it. It makes such a difference to the feel of the room. Even the postman stops to admire them when I open the door! Maybe if a full tile is a bit too much, then a simpler pattern with a beautiful border could work. Or maybe a Victorian tile could be added to a hearth area or a fireplace surround. They are timeless and instantly take a room to the next level with minimal effort. Q. What would you say is your interior style and what were the main objectives of your hallway renovation? I love a maximalist style where everything is a little mismatched. I love to mix contemporary pieces with vintage and I’m not afraid to go bold with a bit of colour.  The hallway is very dark, so we knew we wanted to lighten the floor up but also have a bold pattern. We wanted the floor to be the statement piece of the hall so have pared everything else down a little to make sure the tiles were the star of the show. Q. We offer a CAD (computer aided design) service, did you use this? If so, did it help you visualise the tiles in your home? We did and it showed us how the tile configuration and colour may look in our hallway. Q. Why did you choose the Blenheim Victorian Floor Tile pattern and Kingsley border in a contemporary colourway? I tend to have a colour thread through my house which is green and blue so I always knew this colourway would work for our home. I also really loved the centrepiece tile as it looked similar to some fireplace tiles I have in the lounge. We also have a similar colourway on our exterior path tiles, so this flowed nicely. The Kingsley border is so classic and timeless, and we also have this tile on a different fireplace so I felt that it all complemented the rest of the house. Q. Where did you find your inspiration for the renovation of your hallway? We wanted to keep it pretty simple, and I have taken a lot of inspiration from traditional Victorian halls so knew I wanted to bring the character back into the room. Q. How important were the tiles in the renovation of your hallway and what was it that you found appealing about them? I’m such an aesthetic person, I love pattern, shape and colour and I knew this hall could take it. I wanted a fresh look but still in busy-ish style and these tiles fitted the bill. Find out more about our Victorian Floor tile collection here and visit your local retailer to get started on your own project! We always recommend that our Victorian Floor tiles are installed by an experienced tiler.   Read more...
  4. Tile of the Year 2021

    Tile of the Year 2021 We’re delighted to reveal our Tile of the Year for 2021; Hawthorn Yellow, from the Victorian Floor Tile Collection!   Heritage, geometric Victorian Floor Tiles are a timeless interior trend and now the options are even more attractive with the contemporary, pastel tones of Hawthorn Yellow - the must have tile for 2021. As part of our iconic Victorian Floor Tile Collection, Hawthorn Yellow comes in a variety of shapes and can be teamed with a number of colourways to create a new dynamic with a fresh appeal. Hawthorn Yellow’s soft, muted tones evoke joy, and work well with a wide range of shades, from whites, greys, and, browns to pastel shades such as pink and green. We’ve created three beautiful settings, showcasing a variety of patterns in various colour options featuring Hawthorn Yellow. ‘Braemar’, as seen above, is one of our more traditional patterns, but by selecting the right tones you can create as much or as little impact as you wish. Here we’ve teamed Hawthorn Yellow with Dover White to highlight the subtle yellow tones and add warmth and depth whist creating a fun and modern look. Featured below in our ‘Brighton’ pattern are Hawthorn Yellow, Holkham Dune and Dover White. These tones complement one another to build a rich, yet contemporary tapestry of colour. This bold floor is perfect for those looking to add a modern twist on a classic design and create an interior with timeless style and a Scandi-vibe.  While Victorian Floor Tiles are traditionally used on floors we’re now seeing homeowners using them on their walls too. We’ve coordinated Hawthorn Yellow, Dover White and Chester Mews using our smallest triangle shape to create this intricate, geometric pattern to inspire those looking for something a little bolder.   To find out more about our entire Victorian Floor Tile range, take a look at the full brochure. You can also head to your nearest retailer for samples, advice and ideas.     Read more...
  5. Our new Victorian Floor Tile pattern in collaboration with Period Living

    Our new Victorian Floor Tile pattern in collaboration with Period Living Continuing our Victorian Floor Tile 30th Anniversary celebrations, we’re excited to share with you a brand new statement pattern which has been co-created with Period Living magazine!   Over the past 12-months we’ve been working closely with this publication – maybe you’ve seen some of our advertisements? - And as Period Living are also celebrating their 30th year, we decided to team up and develop a sensational opportunity for readers and customers. Our collaboration is featured in the October issue of Period Living magazine (available to purchase now!) and, most excitingly, offers a competition to win £1000 worth of our Victorian Floor Tiles!One lucky winner will be able to transform their entranceway and select from the new anniversary pattern, or another pattern or their choosing, and we will follow their installation through from start to finish. Developed earlier this year, the creation of the new anniversary pattern involved our talented designers and Period Living’s editor and head stylist who sought to incorporate contemporary colourways whilst keeping to a traditional yet elaborate arrangement to maintain a classic, period feel. We hope you agree that the new design is a real style statement and we can’t wait to see it in our customers’ homes.To find out more and enter the competition, please click here Read more...
  6. Our top contemporary-style tile picks

    Our top contemporary-style tile picks Contemporary styles work in kitchens, bathrooms, and well, every room in the home! A modern design style can be created with tiles in many ways, in a variety of formats, textures, finishes, and colours. We’ve got plenty of options for contemporary style-tiles, from stone and wood-effect to large-format glass and metallic finishes. Here’s a closer look at some of our top picks…   Kitchens In recent years, modern kitchens have consisted of sleek, streamlined cabinetry with minimalism playing a vital role and a similar approach can be adopted with tiles. Our collections host a number of contemporary-style tiles that not only provide the perfect modern finish but are also brilliant because they work in both small and large kitchens. When we say contemporary-style tiles we’re typically referring to large-format. Larger sizes are wonderfully versatile for a variety of settings and fewer grout lines make for a more even, seamless finish and can help a space to appear bigger than it is – especially in smaller spaces. Large-format tiles work beautifully in larger kitchens too and again create a seamless expanse of space, particularly on floors.     For walls take a look at our Glassworks collection, the reflective iridescent options pair beautifully with large-format tiles from our Tileworks collection. For smaller kitchens, glass tiles are great for bouncing light around the room to again give the impression of more space. Even muted tones of white can help create this feel.   For larger spaces think about incorporating a feature wall or focal point, this is a great way to add impact and style. We love our Copper Leaf glass tiles for this effect!       Bathrooms Contemporary-style bathrooms are a popular choice, the minimalistic modern look is stylish, practical and lends itself to a tranquil, spa-style feel. Our Tileworks collection offers a wide range of large-format options in muted, natural finishes and styles. Wood-effect tiles are a great choice for bathrooms, they look beautiful on walls and floors and create a really modern, fresh look.   Stone-effect tiles are also stunning in bathrooms, we love Amelia a lightly detailed tile with gorgeous veins in a number of shades and finishes! Glass tiles are great for bathrooms too as not only are they practical, but they also offer an eye-catching design statement to an interior scheme. To create a contemporary style with a bit more edge, why not opt for a dark and moody feel? Our Antique Mirror tiles are perfect for creating this look.   Hallways You may not initially associate tiles in the hallway but they are wonderfully durable and a great choice for floors. Take a look at how these Pietra Lombarda floor tiles create a chic and calming entranceway.  Concrete-effect tiles also naturally lend themselves to a more contemporary feel, pictured below is Celaya in white and grey, used on walls and floors for a modern yet homely effect. To view the full collections take a look at the Tileworks and Glassworks brochures for a world of inspiration Read more...
  7. 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...
  8. The versatility of Tileworks – our collection of large format contemporary tiles

    The versatility of Tileworks – our collection of large format contemporary tiles Large-format tiles have grown in popularity over the last decade and the trend shows no sign of slowing down either. Our range of large format contemporary tiles is named the Tileworks collection and it is home to a wide selection of concrete, stone, and metal effect tiles in an abundance of neutral tones and finishes. It’s these natural hues and effects that make our Tileworks collection so versatile, along with their large format attributes helping to create seamless style, due to less frequent grout gaps. With so many options, we thought it would be helpful to showcase how this collection can be used throughout all the areas of the home.   Lounge With more and more of us opting for open plan living, lounges with tiles are becoming more popular, due to their functionality and sleek look. You might think that tiles feel cold underfoot but with underfloor heating and an array of textures and finishes available, you needn’t worry. You can also add warmth with soft furnishings and deep rich colours. Pictured below are Portland Stone floor tiles with Midnight Blue large format wall tiles, both from the Tileworks collection.   Hallway Tiles are a brilliant choice for hallway floors, their durability means they can cope with the footfall of everyday life whilst still looking stylish and beautiful. Opting for large format tiles means you can also seamlessly blend into rooms like the kitchen or lounge for an uninterrupted, modern finish. For hallways we love the terrazzo style of our Pietra Lombarda tiles, they are perfect for creating a serene yet functional space.   Kitchen and Utility Kitchens need to be practical spaces and so tiles are a natural choice for walls and floors. Not only are tiles easy to clean and maintain, but they can also help you to create a number of styles. Large-format tiles are great for achieving modern looks, especially when teamed with handle-less cabinetry and chrome fixtures and fittings. They are also great for adding character, take our Marble Carrara tiles, styled here with wood-effect floor tiles to create a scandi-style kitchen. There are plenty of options for utility rooms too, we love the simplicity of our Peggy Grigio tiles, teamed with simple white cabinets for a soft and fresh look.   Bathroom You can transform your bathroom into a calming oasis by choosing the right tiles and Large-format tiles are perfect for this. Opting for a larger sized tile will give you fewer grout gaps and help to create a continuous, smooth finish. To create a relaxing, spa-style bathroom try our Amelia tiles, their detailed veining creates an element of texture to help add depth and warmth to a space.   Outdoors The Tileworks range is so versatile, there are even tile options that can be installed outside. Our Kaamos tiles have an elegant and refined stone look with versatile and practical properties. Use Kaamos both inside and out, with both 10mm and 20mm options; it’s extremely hard wearing and can even be laid onto to sand, pebbles and directly onto grass. The full colour-bodied construction disguises any wear and tear that may occur on tiles used outside.   So, whichever room in your home you’re working on, there’s something in the Tileworks collection that’s perfect for your project.  Read more...
  9. New Victorian Floor Tiles in three, beautiful pastel tones!

    New Victorian Floor Tiles in three, beautiful pastel tones! Our iconic Victorian Floor Tile collection is home to an array of colours, shapes and even decorated tiles that make up a wealth of beautiful patterns and this summer, we’re delighted to announce the addition of three brand new colours, Carnation Pink, Hawthorn Yellow and Spring Green!   While Victorian Floor Tiles are popular in authentic colourways such as Black, White and Red, recent years have seen a rise in more contemporary colours such as greys and neutrals which are perfect for creating a new heritage style. With this in mind we wanted to offer even more choice in colourways, so that you can create striking, stylish and truly timeless Victorian Floor Tile patterns in a range of fresh, new colours. Launching new additions to our tile collections whilst our teams are working remotely is new to us, and you’ll notice that the imagery is different to our usual collections. Instead of photographing the new tiles in real life settings, we’ve created a series of inspirational flat-lay style mood-boards and sketches to showcase these stunning new colours! Our new pastel colourways open up a whole new world of design opportunities, they can be teamed with existing colours to create patterns that are as subtle or as bold as you like.   Carnation Pink and Hawthorn Yellow We’ve sketched a simple Revival Grey and pink checkerboard pattern (left) in a porch setting, these two colours create a new dynamic but still have the timeless feel Victorian Floor Tiles are renowned for. As shown on the right, this subtle pastel Yellow shade offers a fresh, modern twist on more traditional buffs and creams. We’ve sketched Hawthorn Yellow into our popular ‘Blenheim’ pattern and teamed with a modern Crittall style screen to create a contemporary style hallway and add some colour.   Spring Green Greens have always been popular in interior styling and over the last few years, homeowners are opting for more mint, sage and pastel tones. Spring Green is the perfect choice for those looking for a softer shade of green, take a look how it works beautifully with whites and greys in the Oxford pattern.   The introduction of these new Victorian Floor Tile colours opens up a whole host of design possibilities and we can’t wait until we are back in our photography studio to create beautiful and inspiring images to help you visualise these tiles in your home. In the meantime, we hope these sketches and mood-boards will help to inspire your next project! Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing lots of design idea’s and imagery across our blog inspiration pages and on over on Instagram and Pinterest too. To locate your nearest retailer, order samples or to discuss your upcoming project, you can contact us via - [email protected] or 01392 473000.   Read more...
  10. Creating a calming interior space

    Creating a calming interior space Whilst we are spending more time at home, many of us are craving calming interior spaces to relax in, whether it’s your bathroom, lounge or even just a corner of a room. In this week’s blog we’ll be looking ways to help you create a calming oasis and how to get the coveted ‘Japandi’ style.   What is Japandi? Japandi is a new interior trend that embodies minimalism and is actually a hybrid of the words, ’Japan’ and ‘Scandi’. Think modern yet rustic Scandinavian design teamed with the traditional elegance of Japanese décor, this style is all about functionality with a handful of statement pieces creating a serene space that’s homely yet calming.     Bathrooms The bathroom is a great room to transform into a tranquil haven and what’s more relaxing than unwinding after a long day in a restful bubble bath? Creating a Japandi style bathroom is simple when using tiles, opt for neutral colours and textures in large format for fewer grout lines - our Tileworks range is perfect for this: Fixtures and fittings also play an important part in creating this look and incorporating lots of seamless storage will allow for space to store products and bottles, allowing for clear surfaces to naturally create a calming Japandi style. Team with a statement oversized showerhead, glass shower screen and natural textures and colours for your own peaceful sanctuary.   Living Area’s For a Japandi style living area, the same principles apply but of course the space needs to feel more cosy. For flooring, wood-effect floor tiles are perfect for adding character and style as well as being functional. Pair the natural wood effects of Lignum or Boreal with soft furnishings in neutral tones for a serene and cosy space. If wood-effect tiles aren’t your style, try natural stone effect. The soft neutral tones of Pietra Lombarda are perfect for creating the Japandi style, pair with a crittall style screen and simple cabinetry for a clutter free, calming area.   Different sized spaces Even just transforming a small space or corner of a room in the Japandi style, will help you to create an area of your home perfect for unwinding in. Try creating a reading nook using simple and natural materials and textured fabrics.  Larger open spaces can also adapt to this style, opt for large format wall and floor tiles that complement each other such as Krea wood effect floor tiles and Montblanc brick wall tiles or keep it really simplistic with our Simplesmente floor tiles, perfect for creating black canvas to build upon:   Finding the balance between a minimalistic and welcoming space will help you transform any area of your home into a Japandi inspired haven.   Read more...

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