Tag: victorian tiles

  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. An Original Style Tile Makeover with @Manwithahammer

    An Original Style Tile Makeover with @Manwithahammer No one knows how to make a statement with their interiors quite like Greg Penn – otherwise known as the Man with a Hammer over on Instagram, where he shares his renovation journey with over 180k followers! Tiles play a huge part in many interior projects, taking spaces from simple to statement - so we were delighted to work with Greg on his renovation of Admirals House, the old Navy Hospital in Plymouth, Devon. We caught up with Greg to find out how the project is going… Q. Please could you tell us a little bit about you, where you live and how long you’ve lived in the Admirals House? Well, my name is Greg – better known as ‘Man with a Hammer’. I bought Admirals House almost three years ago in quite a sorry state and I am slowly restoring it back to its former glory. It’s in the old Royal Naval Hospital in Plymouth, Devon.     Q. Tell us about the Admirals House, do you know when it was built? Does it have any interesting history? What made you fall in love with this property and take on the renovation challenge? It was built in 1804 – the architect was Daniel Alexander Asher who most famously designed Dartmoor Prison, built just after. It was the residence of the chief officer in charge of the 26 acre hospital site (one of the most advanced hospitals in the world at the time, and the design of which was made popular all over Europe later by Florence Nightingale). The house is jam packed with history, my favourite being the creek that used to run behind the house - it didn’t smell too good! But it's how the injured sailors were brought up into the hospital. If you were too ill to paddle, your prospects were perhaps not so good so it’s where the phrase ‘up the creek without a paddle’ comes from! Q. What were your primary goals when it came to renovating the property? Well, first and foremost, to make a comfortable home for myself. I’m hoping it’s my ‘forever home’ – though obviously you never know what the future holds. It’s also hugely important to me to respect the house and the architecture, preserving and making good what I can, and reinstating anything that might be missing – whilst also making it appropriate for modern day living. The Admiral would have had staff to tend the fires, grounds and whatnot – sadly I can’t say the same for myself!     Q. Where did you find your inspiration for the renovation? For me, it’s listening to the house a bit. In terms of the bathrooms, obviously the house wouldn’t have had bathrooms in the conventional sense in 1804, so I wanted them to feel as ‘unbathroomy’ as possible, treating them much like any other room. This includes the use of colour and pattern, and materials like wallpaper (a chinoiserie from a similar era to the house), panelling, aged oak parquet, pleated lampshades and of course the patterned tiles in the shower enclosure (which do an excellent trick of stopping your brain from seeing it purely as a shower enclosure which was my intention – it’s far more subtle and softer within the room). The hand painted ‘English – Delft’ tiles add a nice bit of whimsey!     For the fireplace in the bedroom, it was wonderful to find tiles that mirror what would have been there originally (albeit the insert is perhaps 100 years newer than the house!) and the Victorian hearth tiles really pull in some of the other colours from the room.     Q. What made you choose Original Style’s Victorian Floor Tiles, Winchester and Artworks ranges? The Winchester tiles, being such an artisanal product, vary slightly in colour and texture and you really see them as handmade – I think something perfectly uniform and machine made in that space, would have jarred slightly. They give a real softness and are just beautiful! The Victorian floor tiles – being individual tiles, meant we could create a design perfect for the space both in style and colour – and the Artworks range has amazing authentic replicas of the originals so it was the obvious choice.     Q. How did you find your experience when visiting our Plymouth showroom? It was really lovely – a really spacious layout with some gorgeous set pieces that provide loads of inspiration. It’s really helpful to see things laid out like that and picture things side by side. There’s so much choice it really helps refine your ideas. The staff were hugely knowledgeable too!     Q. We offer a CAD (computer aided design) service, did you use this? If so, did it help you visualise the tiles in your -project? Yes for the hearth – it was such a small space, it really helped making sure everything was going to fit nicely and look right together.     Q. Would you consider using them anywhere else in your renovation? Yes absolutely – if you’ve the right space for them, they add a huge amount of character to a space whilst also being really hardwearing and practical. I can imagine them in a grand hallway or pathway Q. Would you say there are any specific interior design trends that could be highlighted for 2022? Is there anything that you could pinpoint in the tile world? I think people will continue to get braver with pattern and colour, and I’m seeing far more of this within their tile choice. For a while as people were dipping their toe into colour, they might paint the rest of the space but stick to a neutral tile - but the effect is so much more impactful and cohesive when you really have some fun with the tiles too! I think making a statement with pattern on tiles - like you might with wallpaper is really coming through.   Read more...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  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. A Stunning Home Renovation with Victorian Floor Tiles

    A Stunning Home Renovation with Victorian Floor Tiles Here at Original Style there’s nothing we love more than seeing our tiles in customers’ homes. From the patterns and colours chosen, to how they’re styled, we’re always delighted to see just how much tiles can totally transform a space, especially when renovating period properties. A few months ago, we were tagged in a gorgeous Victorian Floor Tile project on Social Media and we just couldn’t resist finding out more about it! We loved the use of pattern and colourways and were thrilled when Helen Barber, the homeowner, agreed to undertake a Q&A with us to shed some light on her experience and help our blog readers with their future Victorian Floor Tile projects. Not only this, but we also caught up with Helen’s tiler, Mickey, to provide some insight into the installation of these intricate tiles. Q. Please could you tell us a little bit about you, where you live and how long you’ve lived in your house? A. I live in Harrogate North Yorkshire, originally from Manchester but relocated around 16 years ago. The property was purchased in 2010. Q. Tell us about your property, do you know when it was built? Does it have any interesting history? What made you go for this style of property? A. The property is a four bed Victorian Town House, which was very dated when it was bought! I like character houses and although the décor was very dated and the house needed a lot doing to it, I loved the idea of restoring it and putting my own mark on it. It had some lovely features like the original cornice in some rooms and a stain glass window in the hall. I loved the size and heights of the rooms and how much space you get in these types of houses. Although it still had the original cornice in places, every room needed work, it definitely was a ‘doer upper’. When the house was initially bought I always knew the hall needed to be impressive and had always admired hallways that had original Victorian tiled floors. I promised myself that I would restore the hall and make it glamorous – with the hope that friends and family were wowed when they walked in.  Hallways are usually the first thing that visitors see so it should, in one respect be the place that impresses first. The kitchen is also a place where family congregate, which is why we thought it would look lovely if the tiles went through from the hall into the kitchen, so we moved the kitchen into the old dining room. This meant we could have the chimney as part of the kitchen and made the old galley kitchen a lounge, where we added a small extension to create a dining living area.    Q. What were your primary goals when it came to updating these spaces? A. My goals were to make the space traditional but with a contemporary feel. Myself and my partner Matthew, wanted these spaces to be areas we enjoyed being in so I did lots of research before I made decisions about what we would purchase. I always loved Victorian flooring, the colours and the patterns always wowed me and I feel the kitchen we have from Neptune works really well with the floor. Q. Where did you find your inspiration for the renovation of your kitchen and hallway? A. From researching Victorian homes through magazines and online as well as living in Harrogate, which has a number of traditional Victorian properties and buildings - it was easy to walk into shops and see Victorian floors and tiles which always gave me inspiration! Q. What made you choose Original Style’s Victorian Floor Tiles? A. I had used Original Style tiles on the hearth where my log burner is in the lounge, so I knew they were good quality tiles, but it was Mickey Horner a tiler from Clattergate that recommended using them for the Hall and Kitchen project. When I asked Mickey to come round and give me an idea of costs we spoke at length about the best tiles to use and the tiles which were more authentic to me creating a bit more of a Victorian traditional feel. 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? A. I initially couldn’t decide on the colours that we wanted so this really helped with the final decision as well as the style. Q. Why did you choose this particular Victorian Floor Tile pattern, border and colourway? A. We chose the Warwick design as I had done a lot of research on traditional Victorian styles. I had looked online and through the Original style brochure, I wanted a very traditional look with something at least three colours could be used in, so the Warwick pattern was perfect. Our tiler Mickey advised us on the borders and colours to use, we chose the Dover White, Green and Black, I always knew I wanted black and white in the mix so it was just choosing another colour. Q. How important were the tiles in the renovation of your hallway/kitchen and what was it that you found appealing about them? A. It was immensely important, we have spent so much time and love on trying to restore the rest of the house that the hall and kitchen flooring had to be perfect. I wanted the tiles to feel original and as close to Victorian as I could. I also wanted something bespoke and although the pattern is a traditional one, the colours are quite striking and different. The flooring to me sets the house apart and makes a real statement and we absolutely love the tiles! Q. How did you source your tiler and how important would you say using a professional and experienced tiler is? A. I sourced Mickey from searching online for traditional floor tilers in Yorkshire and looked through Instagram too. He was brilliant from day one, happy to listen to what we wanted and offered ideas too.  He showed us previous floors that he had created and we visited his showroom to see the tiles before committing to the project.  He was very professional and approachable and we trusted from day one, knowing that the end result would be fab!  Nothing phased him and he knew exactly what to do when we discovered my kitchen island wasn’t square (in fact the pattern really helped when we discovered this). The fact that Mickey was experienced in this type of traditional Victorian tiling and could prove his ability from previous projects he had done really reassured me that he knew exactly what he was doing. We also caught up with tiler, Mickey Horner, to find out more about installing Victorian Floor Tiles Q. Please could you tell us a little bit about you, where you live and how long you’ve been a professional tiler? A. I live in a small town called Rawdon just on the outskirts of Leeds, West Yorkshire. I have been tiling full time for almost 20 years, although I often joke that I was tiling as soon as I could walk! My father was a tiler and used to take me to work with him in school holidays and weekends. I took over the family business around 13 years ago. Q. How did you train to be become a Victorian Floor Tiler? A. I fell into Victorian floor tiling by accident really, but I had always loved the intricate designs of Victorian floors. We had worked for a high-end restaurant and bar fit out company for a number of years, carrying out wall and floor tiling to toilets and bar fronts etc. They were then awarded some work in Sweden and we were sent some sketches that showed a patterned Victorian floor to be done in the bar area of a restaurant. I did some research before we left in terms of setting out details, but it wasn’t until we reached site in Sweden that we then discovered the enormity of the task! Q. What was it that interested you about Victorian Floor Tiles to learn the skill to install them? A. I love the variety of colours and patterns available from Original style and the flexibility of being able to choose your own colours and different borders to suit a client’s interior design and budget. Q. What are the differences of installing Victorian Floor Tiles compared to general tiling? A. The main difference between general floor tiling and Victorian or geometric tiling is the increased amount of time spent on both the setting out phase as well as the installation phase. Q. What would you say to those who are considering learning the craft and skill of installing Victorian Floor Tiles? A. I would probably use the analogy of “horses for courses”. Like horse racing, some prefer some courses to others. I would say it’s the same for tiling and Victorian Floor tiling. I think you have to have a certain skill set to be able to do it. I know tilers with 30+ years of experience who hate Victorian floor tiling and really struggle, whereas I picked it up relatively quickly. It all depends on the person. I think the main characteristics would be patience, eye for detail and being able to visualise space, shapes and patterns as well as being very organised. Q. What are the most common obstacles that you have to try and overcome when installing Victorian Floor Tiles? A. The most common obstacles are navigating border the around door-ways, staircases. As well as setting the pattern as symmetrical as the space will allow. Q. We offer a CAD (computer aided design) service, do you ever use this? If so, do you find it helps your clients visualise the tiles in their home? A. Yes we always use the CAD service available this really helps the client to choose colour combinations and patterns as well as visualise the final result. It is also very useful for when estimating the amount of tiles required for the project. Q. What did you enjoy the most about installing Helen's Victorian Floor Tiles? A. I really enjoyed working on Helens floor as it came with some extra obstacles. As well as the usual doorways and staircases, Helen wanted the design to run into the kitchen as well. This came with its own challenges in that, as with many period properties, the rooms adjacent to hallways are not always parallel or square which makes the setting out all the more crucial. Couple that with a kitchen island to circumvent, this was a tricky install! But in the end all the more worth it and I was very pleased with how it came together in the end Read more...

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