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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. The go-to guide for Victorian Floor Tiles

    The go-to guide for Victorian Floor Tiles Victorian geometric floor tiles have been used in interiors for decades and are still just as popular today, especially for those renovating period properties. Our collection began in 1990 and since then we have developed an extensive collection. We’re proud to offer a range of shapes, colours and hand-crafted decorated tiles that are created in our Devon factory. Here’s our guide on Victorian Floor Tiles.   A brief history With these geometric floor tiles dating back to the 1800’s, it’s fair to say that the Victorians knew a thing or two about enduring style, as this trend has truly stood the test of time! For many years Victorian floor tiles were found mainly in castles, palaces, churches and pubs but from around 1860, many British homes began being built with tiled front paths, porches and hallways. Favoured for their durability and hard-wearing properties, as well as beauty and charm, Victorian floor tiles have been growing in popularity ever since, especially for homeowners today who are renovating period properties but wanting to stay true to their original features such as geometric tiled floors.   Areas of use Although often found in hallways and pathways, Victorian floor tiles are also brilliant for kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces. There durability makes them a great choice for high traffic areas and means they can withstand the tread of everyday life – whilst still looking fantastic! 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. As the patterns are made up of individual pieces, it means tricky areas like corners can be tiled to perfection and you don’t need to worry about things looking uneven or unfinished. When compared mesh-mounted (i.e. mosaic) alternatives, individual tiles allow for greater flexibility upon installation and provide a more aesthetic and authentic finish. Back in the Victorian era, this is how these tiles were installed – it’s a true craft and takes more time than your average tiling project but the finished result is worth it. While Victorian floor tiles are often associated with grandeur and large rooms, they also look fantastic in smaller areas, especially for adding a touch of luxury and style. These spaces typically include fireplace hearths and small porches.   Colours, patterns and borders Our Victorian floor tiles are made of clay and powdered glazes, then fired in a kiln, giving them a matt finish in many colour options. As individual pieces create the patterns and borders, there are a wealth of design options to choose from, or you could even create your own bespoke pattern, the opportunities really are endless! Starting with the simple checkerboard, in either classic black and white, buff and red or even contemporary greys. These patterns are known to us as Cambridge (a square checkerboard) and Oxford (a checkerboard where the square is on its point to create a diamond effect). The same patterns can also be created using smaller square tiles, known as the Wellington and Dorchester patterns. For something with a little more detail, there are patterns such as Norwich and Falkirk. Again you can use a number of colourways, from cool greys and monochromes to greens, blues and browns. For larger areas we love the look of more complex patterns, such as Blenheim and Hexham. Borders are great for framing an area and provide the perfect finishing touch, there are many borders to choose from, the Kingsley border is a popular choice Take a look at our decorative options too, the popular Salisbury tile in tones of grey is wonderfully detailed. There’s also tile set options for those looking to make a statement. If you fancy creating your own bespoke pattern, you can view all the colour and shape options in our brochure. Once you’ve got something in mind, we offer a CAD (Computer Aided Design) service to help you visualise pattern and bring your project to life.   Installation We always recommend using a professional tiler when installing Victorian floor tiles in order to achieve the best possible finish. This type of tiling is a true craft and takes skill and experience to produce a quality finish that will stand the test of time. Much of the work when tiling is in the preparation, from levelling floors to working out how best to lay the chosen pattern. Your local retailer will be able to assist in helping you find a tiler. Our CAD service is also available for tile quantity guidance as well as to help you see your chosen pattern in your home – whether that’s bespoke or one of our existing patterns.   Inspiration If you’re considering Victorian Floor Tiles, we recommend doing your research and getting samples to try at home. Some of the best places to get inspiration are Pinterest and Instagram, as well as in our very own Victorian Floor Tile brochure.     Read more...
  5. 30 years of Victorian Floor Tiles!

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

    Up the garden path - exterior tiles Whilst we are passionate advocates of using tiles throughout the home, one area that is often overlooked is the exterior. Tiles aren’t always associated with gardens and pathways when they can actually make a huge difference to these spaces. Many styles of tile, particularly geometric Victorian floor tiles, have been used to decorate pathways for decades, but these aren’t the only ones that you can use outside of your home.   Victorian style ceramic floor tiles are the natural place to start and are mostly commonly seen in houses and gardens throughout the UK. Thanks to their heritage, and their rise in popularity during the late 1800s and early 1900s, these can be found gracing front gardens across the country. With many being restored, or reinstated where they were once removed, using Victorian style tiles outside your home can give it undeniable charm and a sense of grandeur. These styles are now appearing on terraces and in place of patios in back gardens. If you don't have a suitable exterior space for these tiles, they are also an excellent choice for conservatories. Hardy (once sealed) and undeniably beautiful, they are a practical and appealing choice. Other tiles that can be used outdoors are the decorative, ceramic Odyssey collection. Providing they are installed correctly they are able to withstand the rigours of outdoor life. These tiles feature gorgeous patterns, many inspired by exotic locations and cultures, so can create a truly special environment, such as Romanesque. For those who prefer a modern or minimalist look, many porcelain tiles can also be used externally. There are many porcelain tiles that realistically replicate the look of stone and wood. These are extremely practical and can provide greater safety, with excellent slip resistant qualities. Not to mention the fact that the look great Read more...
  7. Q&A - What tiles should I use for my conservatory floor?

    Q&A - What tiles should I use for my conservatory floor? In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at some commonly asked tile-related questions when it comes to conservatory floors. There are lots of things to consider when you choose tiles; from material to size, colour, maintenance and how they will be installed… we’re here to help!   Q: I would like to use tiles for my conservatory flooring, but they would need to be durable as the conservatory will be the main thoroughfare outside. What can you recommend? A: Conservatories are an ideal place to use tiles due to their hardwearing qualities. Opt for a ceramic or porcelain product for easy maintenance and durability. Depending on the tiles you choose, they may need to be impregnated and sealed after installation but this will ensure they are protected against stains, easier to clean and able to cope with mud or moisture from the garden. Products like our Victorian geometric floor tiles (shown top in the Hexham pattern) will need to be sealed, whereas porcelain or ceramic usually do not, but it's best to check your individual tile. These tiles can also be installed with underfloor heating so your conservatory will stay cosy all year round.In terms of aesthetics, traditional products that give a nod to bygone eras, such as the Victorian style, are popular. Gorgeous patterns can be made up from individual pieces so you can be as creative as you like, or you can select a pattern from pre-designed styles.If you prefer something more exotic, Odyssey can offer a selection of patterns inspired by cultures and architecture from around the globe. Or, if your tastes are more minimalistic, head to Tileworks for chic, modern concrete effect, stone effect, wood effect or plain tiles in a pared back palette and a range of sizes.  Read more...
  8. Top tips for using Victorian floor tiles in porches, paths, gardens and halls

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

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