A to Z of Tiling - O is for Original Style
Friday 4 March 2016, Written by Carole Poirot Tags: A to Z
This week we are doing something a little different on the Style Files and running with the 'Original Style' theme! We've teamed up with blogger Carole Poirot who is originally from Paris and after living in Germany for many years now calls London her home. She is a freelance prop stylist and photographer and currently renovates her Victorian home where she lives with her partner and son.
Check out her post on Victorian kitchens below looking at modern kitchens with a traditional theme (and a perfect cake recipe just in time for Mother's Day!).
"What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a Victorian kitchen? National Trust? Stuffy and dingy interiors that don't work with today's requirements? Well, you're of course not completely wrong. Many Victorian kitchens can be a challenge and sometimes things like a large chimney breast in the layout can be hard to incorporate into a modern design. However, when done the right way, even the most awkward kitchen can be transformed into a space that is useable, functional and beautiful whilst retaining its Victorian charm. After all, Victorian charm is the reason why many of us buy these beautiful properties in the first place.
No matter how modern your kitchen is then, it is important to keep some of the original character. This could be with a stunning traditional range cooker, a beautiful butler sink, or of course tiles. The secret lies in marrying two styles - modern and Victorian - to create something that works for a modern family as whilst retaining the charm of the Victorian era. If you're nervous about traditional kitchen units, then you can achieve this "marriage" by using the Victorian elements in a decorative way. And what could be more decorative than beautiful Victorian tiles? With all the advantages of new tiles and all the beauty of original ones, they are the best of both worlds.
Just think of it as a modern take on a traditional theme. A bit like a Victoria Sponge cake made a tiny bit healthier and given a different flavour twist. What do I mean? Well, replacing the butter with olive oil and adding rose for a subtle and elegant flavouring whilst retaining the traditional sponge and cream combination. Curious? Here's the recipe:
For more of Carole's posts take a look at her blog here and look at this week's inspiration page for some truly inspiring Victorian floor tile installations and as ever don't forget to check out our Pinterest boards.