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  1. Paradis Mere is our Tile for the Year for 2023!

    Paradis Mere is our Tile for the Year for 2023! Bold botanical palm leaves, gorgeous green tones and our signature glossy tile glaze – Paradis Mere is our Tile of the Year for 2023! We have been nominating a Tile of the Year for the last six years, choosing exclusive tiles like Paradis Mere that are truly unique and set to influence upcoming trends.Small in format but bold in design, Paradis Mere has four faces. Each face showcases more of the pattern, offering a varied abundance of tropical leaves. Inspired by gorgeous botanical gardens and the summer palms found in Devon’s local areas of outstanding beauty, Paradis Mere was a natural choice for our Tile of the Year 2023.Paradis Mere has been designed and developed in our Design Studio in Devon and is manufactured in Exeter by our skilled and passionate production team. Using some of the most authentic manufacturing processes and glaze recipes, this tile is truly unique. Each tile is hand-crafted by skilled artisans using the longstanding screen printing method which, together with its reactive inks, means each kiln produces a different effect, so no two tiles are the same.‘We really love the unpredictable, rustic nature of reactive print. Botanical motifs are here to stay for the foreseeable - palms especially. After spending time visiting local botanical gardens, we saw this project as the perfect opportunity to combine them both together to create Botanique Paradis! Designed, developed, and produced in our Devon factory, Botanique really embodies the skilled craftsmanship and passion that we have for creating new products at Original Style.’ Becca Keenan New Products Designer. Botanique Paradis Mere is a versatile product, create a range of different looks with this tile – whatever your style! For a rustic kitchen look, mix up the faces, using ‘Mere’ or the coordinating plain tile 'Cotton' from our Winchester collection, to break the pattern up and add a pop of colour.For something more edgy, try using Paradis inside a shower enclosure without any coordinating plain tiles mixed in. You could use ‘Mere’ to tile the rest of the room, or maybe even just choose some areas to create a zoned effect. For a subtle look, team with our new ‘Cotton’ field tiles, their soft white glaze coordinates perfectly with Paradis Mere.Paradis Mere is a brand new tile and its versatile design can be styled to create a range of different looks - contemporary or traditional. But, however you choose to style Paradis Mere, this tile will no doubt bring a unique, botanical touch to your interior décor and we hope it brings as much joy to you as creating it has to us! To discover more about our Tile of the Year campaigns, click here.  Read more...
  2. How to add character to your home with tiles

    How to add character to your home with tiles Adding character to your home can be a challenging task - but whether you’re living in a period property or modern new-build there are many ways you can add character to your home with tiles.   You might already have a certain look or style that you’re trying to recreate but if not, don’t worry - taking some time to research and think about how best to work with your space will reward you for years to come. A good place to start is considering the style of your property. If you have a Victorian property with period features you might be leaning towards a more traditional style, but, if this isn’t your taste, you can still incorporate modern fixtures, fittings and accessories to create a dynamic style that suits you and your properties original architecture.   Period Properties A period property is characterised by a distinctive architectural style- think Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian. Houses built in these era’s naturally come with a range of inherent characteristics, from bay windows and iron railings to stained glass windows and doors. Restoring these features is a good way to add character, especially with tiles. Our Artworks collection offers an array of rich classic colours, detailed mouldings and decorated options perfect for those looking to update their walls whilst considering a properties’ historic style. They can be used in porches, hallways, kitchens and bathrooms to create a timeless look for years to come.   For a more farmhouse style, there’s our Winchester collection; home to a selection glossy glazed wall tiles in muted tones and rustic finishes, as well as coordinating mouldings to frame areas to perfection.  Team tiles from our Cosmopolitan range with natural wood tones, an authentic AGA-style cooker and shaker cabinets to create a country kitchen filled with character.     If you’re looking to create a more contemporary feel then explore the ‘New Heritage’ trend which is all about adding a new twist to an old classic. Our Victorian Floor tiles used in shades of grey are perfect for this.     Modern Properties New builds won’t have the inherent features of a period property but they are a wonderfully blank canvas that you can completely make your own, rather than having to design around existing quirks like big ornate fireplaces that may not be your style. A great place to start is deciding on a colour scheme and palette in order to create an interior that flows seamlessly. You may choose neutral tones and natural finishes or opt for bolder statement pieces with pops of colour. Creating a mood board of paint samples, tile options, fabric swatches and furniture will help you to see how your finished look will come together.   For bathrooms you can’t go wrong with a classic brick or subway tiles, bring in texture with our Winchester Elements range whilst maintaining and urban yet chic feel. Creating a synergy of old and new is also a great way to add charm to a space, try incorporating some vintage furniture pieces; we love this modern rustic setting with our Living tiles.   Most importantly when adding character to your home make sure to be true to your own tastes and style in order to create something truly unique and distinct, with whichever tiles you choose!  Read more...
  3. The appeal of sheer simplicity in interior design and tiling schemes

    The appeal of sheer simplicity in interior design and tiling schemes We are pleased to introduce American interior designer, Kate Roos, who has kindly agreed to share her thoughts on current design trends and to talk us through her thought process when it comes to choosing tiles for her clients’ homes. Kate Roos is a Minneapolis - based kitchen and bath designer focused specifically on cabinetry design for the whole house, space planning and material and product selection. She has used Winchester tiles in one of her recent stunning projects and we used the opportunity to speak to her about aesthetics, practicality and achieving balance between the two. The beautiful photos illustrating Kate’s work were taken by talented commercial & residential photographer, Andrea Rugg. Kate sourced her clients’ tiles at Rubble Tile.All images belong to Andrea Rugg and are only authorized for use on this blog.   Q. What kind of customers do you usually get and what kind of services are they primarily looking for? A.The majority of my clients are looking to completely re-imagine their kitchens or bathrooms and I help guide them through the process. I need to understand what the client hopes to achieve with the remodel. How do they want the room to feel: warm and inviting, modern or traditional? How they would like the space to function: who does the cooking, cleanup, how many family members are in the space at any given time? Space planning and cabinetry design define the layout, look and function of the space. Backsplash tile, countertop, lighting and hardware selections bring character to the room. I also love staying involved during construction to manage design details and witness the new space come to life! Q. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to home décor? A. Challenges arise regularly when designing kitchens and bathrooms. Often the space is limited due to poorly placed ductwork or lack of expansion opportunities. Creative solutions are paramount to attaining the kind of function my clients want. Planning the space is exciting - I explore the limitations and opportunities and I push myself to find the best outcome.The client's budget also drives my creativity. Kitchen remodels can add up quickly, so I am cautious about making dramatic choices like moving plumbing, taking out walls, or moving windows and doors. Understanding where clients should splurge and where they should be prudent is a large part of the design process.Q. How important are kitchens and bathrooms when it comes to decorating a house? A. Without a doubt kitchens and bathrooms are the most costly remodels and the most rewarding. People spend a lot of time in these spaces and it’s very important not to rush through the design process. The finishes in these spaces are fixed, meaning they are locked into the space making them difficult and costly to replace. How you feel and interact in the space is a high priority. Bathrooms should be both relaxing and functional with good lighting and easy-to-clean surfaces. Kitchens should allow for effortless cooking and entertaining with high quality finishes and proper storage. Taking time to work through the details before the remodel ensures that the kitchen or bath will work for you and exceed your expectations. Q. Would you say that American customers place special value in products that are designed and made in England? A. Products that are made in England add a special quality to any American design, providing a sense of history and tradition. Often these products are made using centuries old techniques, fine craftsmanship, and offer an understated elegance. Products like lighting, tile, and hardware can be that special element that pulls the room together.Q. When choosing tiles for your customers, what exactly are you looking for? A. Tile can be an overwhelming item to choose. I usually start with the countertop, because there are fewer options than there are with tile. Once the counter is selected we begin thinking about tile; the color, shape, material. Tiles should enhance the space and add some contrast to other elements in the room, be it with texture or hue. Tile is an opportunity to have fun and take some risks if you are so inclined. If the counter is polished, a matte or rustic finish of the tile can temper the luster; if the countertop is honed, shiny tile can be a lovely way to bounce light through the space. For traditional designs a subway tile is perfect. I love unexpected sizes like 2”x8”, 3”x12” or 5”x5” installed in a ½” or 1/3” offset brick pattern. Selecting a handmade tile with variation in shape and glaze can add interest and shimmer as well. Q. What advice would you give to people looking to create fabulous tiled focal points in their homes? A. When it comes to a kitchen or bath focal point, take cues from other elements in the space. If the space already has several bold elements, I would create a framed tone-on-tone focal point over the range. Finding a tile line like Winchester Tile Company that offers various formats, beautiful glazing, decorative tiles and different finishes makes implementing tonal choices easy. Choose a color that you love, choose a field tile, a pencil or border tile to be used for the frame and have a play with tiling patterns for the interior. This approach adds visual interest and textural variation without adding a new color to the space. There are endless ways to add an interesting focal point with tile, so experiment and see what you like! Q. Has there been a shift in tile format preferences in the American market? A. In Minnesota, where I live, the traditional subway tile is still quite desirable. New tile options with bold color and texture are abundant, but when it comes to final decisions, a simple subway tile format is tried and true and always timeless. You can't go wrong. I try to transition away from the classic running bond 3”x6” when possible with different sizes (2”x8”, 3”x12”, etc.) and different installation options like 1/3” offset or stacked: a mix between modern and classic! Q. Why did you choose tiles from The Winchester Tile Company? What was it about the product that you found appealing and where did you source the tiles from? A. I have always loved the tile offerings from Winchester Tile Company, and when you find something you love, you find ways to use it! The range of colors and glazes are endless, and the handmade look of the tile is exceptional. When we selected tile for the St. Anthony Falls Kitchen, my clients wanted something traditional yet unexpected and the offset 5”x5” tiles were perfect. The tiles sparkle when the sun streams through the windows making the space feel distinctive.Q. How did you hear about The Winchester Tile Company? A. I discovered The Winchester Tile Company through my local supplier, Rubble Tile in Minnesota, and I have been finding ways to use it ever since. They are always knowledgeable and so helpful in steering me in the right direction. I was trying to find a white subway tile in just the right shade of off-white and The Winchester Tile Company had the perfect color. They are now one of my go-to tile manufactures. I can always find interesting color, sizes, textures and sheens. Photo's by commercial & residential photographer, Andrea Rugg Read more...
  4. 5 Kitchen style ideas using tiles

    5 Kitchen style ideas using tiles The kitchen is the heart of the home and often a difficult project to design whilst prioritising practicality. A great deal of thought goes into the look and feel of cabinetry, lighting, paint colours, furniture, fixtures and fittings, but does as much consideration go into selecting tiles? Many homeowners opt for paint on the walls to avoid having to install tiles, but this can be a false economy. Both wall and floor tiles provide a clean and hygienic surface that won’t be damaged by cooking splashes or constant wiping and can really enhance the finished look of the space.   Natural and neutral It’s no surprise that many of us opt for natural and neutral colour schemes; they’re simply beautiful and add a cosy feeling, thanks to the warm undertones of browns, creams and taupes found in a natural colour palette. These shades reflect the warm rustic shades of the earth and can be enlivened with dark leafy greens or coppers and golds for a touch of glamour. If this is the style you’re looking to create, it’s worth considering wood-effect floor tiles. Natural wood flooring can be high maintenance and subject to damp, woodworm and the scratches and scuffs of everyday life.  With the developments in ink-jet tile printing, wood-effect floor tiles now look as good as the real thing; check out the full range here. For wall tiles, white brick tiles complement wooden worktops, cabinetry and rustic furnishings perfectly. For a really organic feel opt for natural stone. Here, we’ve teamed Natural Slate in Burnt Sienna with Levantine ivory wall tiles for the perfect country kitchen in soft neutral tones, for that blissful homely feeling.       Keep it simple with Field Tiles There’s a reason field tiles have remained a staple trend in tiling and interiors for decades. They are a classic choice and simple enough to work in harmony with so many kitchen styles, with the option of different colours, sizes and finishes. The field tile has a long history in interiors due to their functional yet decorative qualities. Whether your kitchen style is contemporary, modern or an eclectic mix of both, you can be sure that field tiles will in, some way or other, work easily into your scheme.  Just take a look at the beautiful settings below that showcase how a simple field tile can complete a space. Installing field tiles in a grid layout is one of the most popular tiling methods, but field tiles can also be brick bonded to add an extra element of interest.     Be bold with a statement floor Flooring is fundamentally a functional design aspect in a room. It can often be overlooked in the design process or thought that functional needs to be plain to be practical. Nowadays this is no longer the case, recent years have seen vast developments in ink-jet printing – meaning beautiful patterns can be printed onto practical porcelain tiles! There’s a whole host of options out there from bold patterns (check out the Odyssey collection) to all sorts of heavily detailed wood and stone-effect tiles. For an authentic look, its worth considering Victorian Floor Tiles. There’s a wealth of patterns, designs and colours to choose from, all with the advantage of longevity due to their hard-wearing nature.  This means Victorian Floor tiles are perfectly suited to kitchens that endure high traffic, spills and the daily tread of busy families!      Experiment with layouts If you’ve opted for simple cabinetry or a more contemporary style, but you’re still looking to add that pop of interest, why not try tiling in a herringbone layout? Any brick tile can be ‘herringboned’ but it works especially well with ‘kit-kat’ style brick tiles that are long and thin. This is also a great way to introduce colour into scheme whilst including some texture and interest.    Feature walls The kitchen is the perfect place for a feature wall, especially if you’re looking for a way to inject a bit of personality and style into a practical space. You don’t need to tile entire walls, just the areas prone to spills and splashes making splashbacks a great place to start! Just take a look at our Mosaics collection and explore all sorts of colours, textures, patterns and shapes that are perfect for transforming a space. Shown below are Fable and Medine Mosaics, both made up of beautiful intricate patterns in a multiway of colours or a soft muted grey. For an even bolder look, explore our Odyssey collection, home to a huge variety of patterned tiles in a range of sizes.  If you still can’t decide on kitchen tiles, find your nearest Original Style retailer. Visiting your local tile showroom will allow you to appreciate the look and feel of a wide range of tiles and get help and advice from the experts Read more...
  5. The Square Tile Trend

     The Square Tile Trend Tiling trends have come a long way over the last few decades, with huge developments in machinery and ink jet printing creating a whole host of new options, there’s now multitude of patterns, shapes, sizes and colours to choose from.   Despite how many trends come and go, the square field tile remains a classic staple in interiors. They’re so versatile and can be used as subtle or as pronounced as you make them. Many of our collections are home to the humble field tile, with wide selections of colour, size and glaze depth. We’ve got plenty of inspirational photography, which shows how you can style field tiles around your home.   Neutral backdrops Scandi interiors are still among the most popular styles for homeowners, with many people lusting after neutral colour schemes to create a calm tranquil feel. These simple small white field tiles from the La Belle Collection create the perfect contemporary feel. Used in a grid pattern they have a modern edge with a paired back feel. Winchester Classic field tiles can also be used in the same way:   Colour Wall If however you’re looking for something more vibrant, browse through our Artworks, La Belle Collection and Winchester Collections. Myriad colours across these ranges create a whole rainbow of offerings. Here are some of our favourites:        Styling ideas To mix things up a bit why not try some coloured or even glitter grout?! Check out Winchester Heath below for a real statement. For the more traditional, try teaming your field tiles with classic mouldings or even drop in tiles to add some interest and texture.   Read more...
  6. Pastels with Winchester

    Pastels with Winchester The positive impact that Pastel hues have within interior colour schemes is uplifting. You can’t help but adore the soft shades of mint, baby blues and blush and the calm atmosphere they can establish within a setting. Providing comfort in colour, pastels today are known for lending a relaxed feel to interior spaces and have come a long way from only being used in children’s bedrooms. Living areas, kitchens and bathrooms have seen a surge in pastel palettes and they’re most certainly here to stay.   When it comes to tiles, our Winchester collection features gorgeous hand-crafted tiles which are manufactured at our production site in Exeter, Devon. Many of the products within this range showcase pastel colourways and due to their soft, sumptuous glazes, colour tones are enhanced to display deep, luxurious finishes. Winchester’s Cosmopolitan range contains various pastel shades from Mint through to the more neutral tones of Mere and Truffle. Residence presents a high gloss finish providing an intensity in colour which, when teamed with its undulating rustic tile base, creates a stunning reflective surface.   The Metropolitan range features Winchester’s lustre field tiles and mouldings. The unique, lustrous finish on these tiles will add a flourish to both kitchen and bathroom settings. The iridescent effect refracts light around the room to impart radiance into pastel colourways. Clover and Blossom will appeal to those looking to integrate a blush interior scheme, whilst Cornflower, Heather, Hibiscus and Lupin offer blue-grey pastel tones.   For a more contemporary approach to tiling, Winchester’s Artisan range features brick tiles opposed to square field tiles offering greater versatility. Install horizontally for a traditional format or why not try a vertical or herringbone layout for a statement effect.   To create a tranquil and soothing space, pastel tones will achieve this like no other. And, as you can see, such tones are easily incorporated into a variety of settings and fit within both modern and traditional styles. So, if you’re looking to update your interiors this coming spring, pastels are a sure colourway for consideration Read more...
  7. The Green Tile Trend

    The Green Tile Trend Every few years, the popularity in green tiles surge – and, guess what, it’s that time again! Although they don’t appeal to everyone, you cannot dispute the class and elegance that a green colour palette brings to a space, and we for one, absolutely adore this reoccurring trend.   What’s particularly wonderful about embracing the green tile style is that there are varying intensities. For those of you who love bold, dramatic colours – an emerald green may be an exciting choice. Whereas, those who are looking for more subtle influences perhaps a teal, pattern or pastel palette would be more applicable. If you’re thinking about incorporating green tiles into your home, we’ve picked out some of our favourites from various collections to provide you with some green-spiration! Victorian Green, from our Artworks collection, is one of our most popular green tiles. Intense and rich in colour, this tile is a timeless classic. During the Victorian era, strong bold colours such as emerald greens, gold, burgundy, crimson and intense blues were of great interest and were used in the ‘best’ rooms of Victorian households. Adding to the grandeur of this tile, various mouldings are also available. From the characterful Egg & Dart, Victoria, and Skirting through to the decorative Scroll and Hogarth borders. Pair Victorian Green with any of these mouldings and you’ll be on your way to creating a beautiful space full of character and charm. The Eden range from Living, will be loved by those who relish in the colour of rolling hills, wild woods and tropical paradise. Eden enables you to bring the outside in and is a subtle, modern approach to the green tile trend.   Our most renowned collection features a gorgeous, classic green which can be incorporated into various patterns and borders. Team with Regency Bath and London Stone for an earthy colour palette or Black and Dover White for a striking, contemporary look.   Read more...
  8. Our top 5 interiors using pink tiles

    Our top 5 interiors using pink tiles There’s a real buzz around ‘Millennial Pink’ this year in interiors and we’ve got to admit we absolutely love the trend! The soft and muted tones of Millennial Pink pairs well with so many other colours, like green, copper and white. Whether it’s a pop of pink or a full wall, it’s no surprise the colour pink is so popular. This week, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite interiors using millennial pink and naturally they all incorporate tiles…   1. Pink paired with patterned tiles For a more subtle shade of pink - these Metropolitan Clover field tiles from The Winchester Tile Company are great for those who prefer an understated effect. But for a real statement, team them with some patterned floor tiles! Here we’ve used Odyssey Primo Persian tiles. There’s plenty of patterned floor tiles to choose from in our Odyssey collection. So these Clover tiles would also look great with Knightshayes or Pentillie designs.   2. Contemporary kitchens Teaming white tiles with a pop of pink paint is a great way to add some interest into a scheme. In this setting we’ve used Ice White tiles from the Tileworks Collection with Copper Orabella Mosaics. A strip of pink paint ties the whole look together and injects some warmth into a cool toned interior.   3. Mosaic accents Mosaics are brilliant for adding some colour into a bathroom, whether you use them in a small splashback or to cover a larger area. Showcase some ‘Millennial Pink’ in your bathroom with these Actamira Mosaics; they make for a beautiful contrast in a white bathroom.   4. Show stopping bathrooms To make a real statement with a stronger pink, go all out with these Panorama Spring brick tiles from The Winchester Tile Company. Team together with copper fixtures and fittings for a striking contemporary look, in our opinion pink teamed with copper is a winning combination!   5. Off pink If you like the idea of adding some warmth to your walls but you are not sure you want to commit to pink, why not opt for a more neutral shade? The Dulux Colour of the Year Heartwood is perfect for this.  For the below bathroom setting we’ve teamed different tones of grey together with a similar tone to Heartwood.  This shade is ideal for warming up a scheme and it works well in any room in the home. Keep up to date with tile trends on our Instagram we are always sharing lots of beautiful imagery and ideas Read more...
  9. The New range - Elements from The Winchester Tile collection

    The New range - Elements from The Winchester Tile collection We’ve got some brand new products this January which we are SO excited about, we’ve decided to share an early sneak peek with you on this week’s blog…   Much like nature we like to evolve. Our Winchester Collection has always comprised of three ranges, including Residence, which is rustic and stylish: timeless Artisan, with mellow tones inspired by nature; and Classic with a huge range of colours and mouldings and whimsical designs. To complement the collection and keep up to date with new trends, we’ve created Elements, which includes a gorgeous selection of artisanal brick tiles with unique and uneven surfaces Read more...
  10. A contemporary kitchen makeover with Winchester Classic field tiles

    A contemporary kitchen makeover with Winchester Classic field tiles Contemporary might not be the first style that comes to mind when installing Classic tiles from the Winchester Tile Company, but these home makeover images go to show just how versatile tiles can be… Interior architects Frederic Kielemoes and Vanessa Cauwe purchased their home back in 2008, a barn typical to the region near Kortrijk, Belgium, with plans to renovate the property.Frederic: ‘the reconversion of the barn by CAAN architects is largely defined by the symbiosis of the old structure and the new volume.’This synergy of old and new brought together Winchester Classic field tiles in Pure White and a modern minimalist kitchen. Here’s a look at the finished result: The rebuilt flax barn is mainly built of wood and glass to reflect the indoors and outdoors, the overall aspect of the pavilion was influenced by the barn’s existing colour palette. Choosing a neutral colour scheme creates a sense of calm and a timeless space to enjoy for years to come. These Winchester Classic field tiles come in various shades of cream and white, so you can create a neutral canvas similar to Frederic’s’ in a variety of tones. Frederic: ‘The atmosphere of the pavilion is open and textural with a contemporary feel. The rich palettes, materials and interior furnishings play a key role in the relationship between the old and new building. The personality of the pavilion is immaculately detailed, aiming to gain the maximum result from each material.’ Frederic: ‘The interior architects’ approach to create a quality living space, blending effortlessly into the heritage of the flax barn became a statement of cleverness.’ interior architect Frederic Kielemoes / www.frederickielemoes.be photography by cafeine.be  Read more...

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