Tag: kitchen splashback

  1. NEW! Matchstick Mosaics

    NEW! Matchstick Mosaics Matchstick mosaics are having a real moment. Their small, geometric format provides a simple and modern feel. With the rise of this popular tile format, we’re delighted to announce the launch of our two exciting colour options.   Ice White Clean and crisp. If you’re looking to incorporate a white tile with a little more character then these mosaics are a great option. They come on a sheet, so they can be used on walls in a horizontal or vertical format. The bright white tones of Ice White contrast beautifully with a darker, grey grout. For something more subtle opt for a white or lighter coloured grout.     Forest Green Deep and atmospheric. Green is always a popular choice in interiors. Our Forest Green has deep blue undertones that add depth and dimension. Pictured here in a vertical layout, these tiles will easily enhance any kitchen or bathroom space. We love the look of these tiles across an entire wall but they look equally striking used in small splashbacks behind hobs and sinks. For samples and quotations, please contact your local Original Style Tile Showroom or retailer Read more...
  2. NEW Tile Designs for Modern Interiors

    NEW Tile Designs for Modern Interiors This summer, we’re delighted to introduce a selection of contemporary tiles to not one, not two but THREE of our most popular ranges.   Tileworks, Mosaics, and Glassworks have welcomed a whole host of new tile designs from statement glass bricks and small format wood-effect tiles through to gorgeous Penny Round mosaics. To help inspire your upcoming project, our Design & New Products Manager, Jane Addis, has categorised our new additions into five, contemporary trends to help you find the perfect, modern tile style.     Soft Industrial - A combination of mixed materials, textured finishes, natural hues and micro, geometric formats define this interior style and the following new tile designs will help you get the look.     Nature Play - Think earthy textures, shapes inspired by nature and wood-effect finishes to embrace this on-trend look.   Beach Blue - This trend is all about bringing seaside, blue hues into your home. The lighter tones are perfect for incorporating a bright, modern feel which works beautifully in bathroom settings for a tranquil atmosphere.   Biophilic Green - Bringing the outside in is a classic interior design choice for a modern scheme and our new additions which feature biophilic green hues are perfect for achieving this look.   Pastel Pink - Pink tones are here to stay and our new additions provide a multitude of sophisticated tile designs to incorporate this on-trend, vibrant palette Read more...
  3. Our new Original Style Tile Showroom in Cardiff

    Our new Original Style Tile Showroom in Cardiff Our new Original Style Tile Showroom in Cardiff seeks to take customers on an inspirational tile journey with a wealth of room sets, a tactile colour wall, consultation areas, and displays showcasing the latest tile trends – as well as a stunning mosaic of the Welsh Dragon!     Across the showroom, you'll find a tile for every style and setting, with hundreds of tile ranges on display, and a further 20,000 stocked products to choose from and hundreds of samples are available to take away. So, whether you’re renovating your kitchen and are on the lookout for stylish splashbacks, are considering contemporary tiles for your hallway, or if your bathroom tiles need replacing, our Welsh expert team at our Cardiff Original Style showroom are ready to welcome and assist you.     Read more...
  4. Make yourself at home...

    Make yourself at home... It's times like these that we realise there is no place that can provide more care, security and joy than our homes. With all of the current uncertainties, it’s important that we all have and are able to create spaces that provide comfort for us and our families. And while our homes can already do all of this as it is, you may currently be thinking ahead into the future and planning improvements to the spaces that surround you.   Whilst it’s unclear what the next few weeks and months will bring, one certainty is that we will be here sharing interior inspiration, escapism and positive support to help you look forward and make the most of your home. This week, we’re looking at some of our favourite spaces in the home, from relaxing bathrooms to busy kitchens – all the places that make a house feel like a home. We’ve got some tips, ideas and plenty of beautiful images to help get you started with your project, so sit back and let us inspire you.   Kitchens Kitchens are where family meals are cooked, conversations are had, coffee is enjoyed and memories are made, which is why it’s considered one of the most important rooms in the house. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen so it’s no wonder why we spend a similar amount of time perusing cabinet doors, worktop finishes, appliances (and, of course, tiles!) when we update these spaces. Typically, homeowners look at the characteristics of their property to determine a design style and you simply can’t go too far wrong with this approach. Some may seek to inject their personalities into their décor choices and this is wonderful too! Kitchens are sociable spaces and whatever design style you choose should bring you and your close ones happiness and comfort.   A firm favourite of course is the neutrals. If you’re looking for a calming and timeless scheme, try using earthy shades such as browns, creams, whites and greys. These tones also pair well with yellows and greens if you did want to add a splash of colour, without committing to anything too bold. Here are some ideas:       If you’re torn between both a modern and traditional design, why not try a ‘New Heritage’ themed space? This style is all about tradition but with a modern twist. From using a classic brick tile in a herringbone formation or pairing a statement patterned floor with country-style cabinetry – tiles are a great way to capitalize on this trend.     If you need more kitchen inspiration, then head to our Pinterest pages or have a scroll through our Instagram account – there’s a huge variety of beautiful kitchens to help get you started.   Bathrooms There are many factors to consider when thinking about your bathroom renovation, from fixtures and fittings to deciding on a colour scheme – and not forgetting our favourite part of choosing your tiles! As we spend less time in the bathroom than other rooms in the house, it’s a great space to do something a little different or make a bit of a statement. Here are a few of our most loved bathroom settings:       Whatever it is you’re dreaming of, house improvement plans take time and require just the right amount of inspiration. We hope that despite the challenging circumstances we are all facing right now, you will still be able to sit back, relax, dream your perfect interior dream, and – most of all – make yourself at home. Watch this space for more inspiration and design ideas which we will be sharing over the next weeks to lift your spirits and make you fall in love with your home again Read more...
  5. How to nail the neutral trend with tiles

    How to nail the neutral trend with tiles Neutrals go with anything, that’s what makes them such a practical and safe choice in interiors. Adding colour to a space can be daunting, but it can be just as confusing teaming together neutral tones and textures. Whether it’s your bathroom, kitchen or hallway, you can still create a stunning look without committing to bold colours, here’s a few of our tips on creating winning neutral spaces.   Bathrooms You can’t go wrong with a simple white bathroom suite and classic fixtures and fittings. There is no shame opting for practicality, and in this sense, tiles are a bathroom’s best friend. If functionality comes first then go for large format porcelain tiles, as minimal grout lines make for less cleaning and maintenance. Here’s a few of our favourites:   A neutral scheme is a great backdrop to any other colour, providing a base for decorating and bringing in future trends. We love this week’s post on cocolapinedesign on a grey attic living area, which just goes to show how neutral tones can still create a striking look.     Living Areas You might not naturally look to use tiles outside kitchens and bathrooms, but opting for neutral floor tiles is a great way to add warmth to a Living area. Take wood-effect floor tiles for example, brilliant for bringing in that scandi-vibe, choose from cool ashy tones to warmer hues. Neutrals don’t have to be browns and creams though, we love the effect these dark floor wood-effect tiles create when teamed with deep earthy tones for a warm and cosy living area.   If you are worried about your white or neutral space looking bland then take Leanne Ford of Leanne Ford Interiors advice: "A space can feel good and look nice in all white no matter what, but the texture is what makes it feel warm and inviting," she notes. "It can be anything—wood, brick, tile, molding, marble, cowhides, furs, cotton, silk, wool—it's all texture. These elements combined make a room feel special and alive. Small or large (room), the rule doesn't change." (check out the full post here)   Kitchens Kitchens, like bathrooms, above all need to be functional so, if you’re lusting after an all-white kitchen, we don’t blame you. Timeless, fresh and clean, white kitchens are a popular choice. A  few ideas for you:   Kitchen walls quickly get dirty without easy to clean tiling. Choosing white half, brick or bevelled metro tiles is another safe yet on trend choice. Make sure to seal the grout if it is white or it might not stay that way for long! Or try using a coloured or grey grout to avoid the problem all together Read more...
  6. New Year, New Kitchen – is it time for your kitchen makeover?

    New Year, New Kitchen – is it time for your kitchen makeover? Inspired by the chocolate shops in Bruges was how Sarah Newton, the owner of this elegant four bedroom home in Rochester, described the look she was trying to create in her kitchen and dining area. Her main goal was to lighten the space whilst keeping in style with her Victorian period property. Sarah chose to use our Black and White Victorian Floor Tiles in a checkerboard pattern to help her achieve this look. The kitchen floor installed by previous owners was an orange toned wood with monochrome kitchen units and appliances already in place. “The black and white colour scheme was led by the fact the kitchen was black and white already.” Teamed with matt painted cabinets, these heritage shades create a period look that’s both on trend and traditional. Greys and neutral tones are ageless colour choices adding a quiet elegance when teamed with monochrome Victorian Floor Tiles - an appealing choice for traditional and modern homes alike. Their durable slip resistant qualities make them ideal for kitchens, as well as adding a timeless charm. “As we were not altering the kitchen, the floor tile selection was paramount.  The previous floor was a modern wood and it just didn't fit in. We knew we needed a Victorian tile and having used Decoramic Tiles before we knew they supplied Original Style geometric floor tiles” The perfect kitchen is different for everybody; whether you opt for a contemporary or traditional style make sure you do your research and consider the characteristics of your home. Sarah has redecorated several rooms in her home using Original Style tiles, creating a beautiful synergy throughout the property with a harmonious feel. Preparation is key for achieving this seamless look, and after pulling up the old wood panels, Sarah discovered the floor was worse than expected. “The floor was awful in parts and for Victorian Floor Tiles the floor has to be flat.  Martin our tiler is a craftsman and perfectionist. He knew exactly what he was doing, but at times it was a challenge for him, at points the floor was out by 50mm!” A good tiler can level out uneven floors like this as well as lay your tiles correctly, so if you are considering taking on the challenge yourself, consult a tiler first, sometimes we all need an expert’s advice! Sarah’s advice is to “Plan carefully, even make a drawing and really research your tiler - good leveling to precise laying will maximize the effect of the tiles, as the preparation of a floor is so important. Our tiler Martin was recommended and his craftsmanship really shows with his attention to detail and perfectionism.” Victorian Floor Tiles work beautifully in black and white and their hard wearing properties make them ideal for the daily traffic of kitchen and living areas. But, if you are looking to add a little more colour or for a more intricate pattern, check out our pattern swatches, we have plenty to choose from! For Sarah though, this was the perfect choice for her family kitchen, “although the family room is much cosier, we all now tend to gather here as it's become the family hub”. “This kitchen was inherited and to alter it would involve planning permission and knocking down walls which we didn't have the budget for. So bearing that in mind, the floor was of utmost importance to get right. I believe we did it!  We are over-joyed with the look and quality of the tiles really shows.” Take a look at Victorian Floor Tile patterns available from your local retailer click here.   Read more...
  7. Kitchen walls & floors – tile ideas to transform your space

    Kitchen walls & floors – tile ideas to transform your space If you’re planning to renovate your kitchen you’ve probably given lots of thought to the cabinetry, worktops and colour scheme but how much have you considered the type of tiles you might use?   Often tiles are left to the last minute, or become an afterthought, but they can form a really important part of the scheme and help to shape the overall look. Tiles can be used on walls and floors so it's important to select tiles that complement each other, as well as considering any practical implications of certain materials. Here is our handy guide to help you select the right tiles for your space. Practicality If you're a keen cook with a busy kitchen this should come high on your list of considerations. You'll want a surface that is easy to clean, durable and will last for many years. In terms of splashbacks, glass is an excellent choice as it can simply be wiped clean. Opt for large format tiles or a  pre-made splashback panel to make cleaning easier still - fewer grout lines means fewer places for grime to hide.For your floor, take into account slip resistance and durability. Natural stone (already millions of years old) can't be beaten for this, though you'll need to select a tile without holes (otherwise known as 'filled') for easy cleaning. It will also need to be properly sealed and some can stain easier than others so messes will need to be wiped up quickly. Your local tile retailer will be able to advise you further.In terms of aesthetics, natural stone will keep on giving and is the only material that improves with age as its natural patina will change through the years. Style This is worth bearing in mind - if you're having super glossy black cabinets, traditional style hand painted tiles might not be the best match! Make sure the tiles suit, and add to, the overall feel of the space and they will help to elevate the whole scheme.Contemporary kitchens would suit contemporary glass splashbacks or tilesin vibrant shades like Colorado, shown top. Or try larger format porcelains which will leave fewer grout lines. This helps to ensure a fuss-free finish.Traditional style kitchens lend themselves to tiles with a more rustic or handmade feel. Our Winchester range has a beautiful selection of tiles in brick shapes and square. Each has a slightly rustic, uneven edge with helps to create a relaxed and inviting space. For true country style, hand painted or relief tiles will do the trick.Wood-effect porcelain tiles are also a practical, and beautiful, choice. Replicas are now super realistic and can be hard to distinguish from the real thing. A range of different colours means there's a choice for contemporary spaces, such as industrial style painted wood, as well as traditional. These are often more durable than real wood and are suitable for use with underfloor heating Read more...
  8. Time for reflection - using reflective tiles in your home

    Time for reflection - using reflective tiles in your home Tiles are a hugely popular choice for covering the walls and floors of your home, from an aesthetic as well as a practical point of view. As we’ve discussed many times on this blog, tiles can enhance the look and feel of just about any space as well as being durable and easy to clean.   Reflective tiles with glossy surfaces exist in most of our ranges and are always popular do to their clever ability to bounce light around a room and to enhance the feeling of space. A clever tactic in small kitchens, for example, is to use a mirror tile (or one with a super shiny surface) as a splashback on the wall. In the same way that interior designers encourage us to hang oversize mirrors to make rooms feel larger, reflective tiles will allow light to refract around the room, as well as creating a sense of space by mirroring your surroundings. If mirror tiles aren't for you, there are a number of different tiles that will create the same feel. Clear glass tiles in large formats will mimic a sense of space without grout lines to distract the eye. Highly polished natural stone offers the same light bouncing benefits but in a more subtle way, thanks to its softer pattern caused by naturally occurring variations in the surface of the stone. Plain tiles in deep hues will add drama, if you favour inky tones. The added benefit of dark tiles in a glossy finish is that whatever you pair them with will instantly pop. You could use this as an opportunity to introduce accents of gorgeous colour.   Read more...
  9. Traditional kitchen tiles – how to create a rustic country kitchen

    Traditional kitchen tiles – how to create a rustic country kitchen When designing a kitchen makeover, a great deal of thought goes into the look and feel of cabinetry, the style of worktop, paint colours, furniture, fixtures and fittings, but does as much thought go into selecting tiles? Lots of homeowners opt for paint on the walls in order to avoid having to install tiles, but this can be a false economy. Tiles provide a clean and hygienic surface that won't be damaged by cooking splashes or constant wiping, and can really enhance the décor of the space and make or break a scheme.   With a wealth of classic tile options available, what you choose can really enhance your traditional design. From decorative motifs, to colours and finishes, the tiles chosen can have a big impact. So what should you consider when creating a country style kitchen?   Decorative splashbacks Even if you keep the rest of the space neutral, a decorative tiled splashback can be an excellent way of injecting some personality and interest. Practical too, you won't have to worry about splashes of water, oil or food as the majority of tile materials aren't fazed. Experiment with colour and pattern here, or stick to glossy whites.   Motifs/decorative tiles Certain patterns and designs evoke images of a traditional or rustic scheme more vividly than others, such as hand painted designs or moulded tiles. Country scenes can be particularly evocative and large, decorative plaques take pride of place on many walls. There's no hard and fast rule with this, as it's up to you what effect you'd like to achieve. That being said, decorative drop in tiles look excellent amongst plain field tiles in a matching colour.   Traditional and rustic tiles There are lots of tiles finishes that really lend themselves to a traditional kitchen environment, particular with flooring such as natural stone. Often featuring uneven edges, the uniqueness of each piece has a certain charm that works very well in rustic spaces. Some products can recreate the effect whilst providing less maintenance responsibilities than natural stone, such as porcelain, so do take this into account if you'd like a fuss free option over the real thing.   Using colour and pattern in a traditional kitchen Creating a traditional style kitchen doesn't mean you're limited in colour or pattern - far from it! Any style of tile can work well as long as the choice fits in with the rest of the scheme. A fresh palette of white and blue works well with chrome brassware, and off whites and creams look great with brass. Don't be afraid to mix and match with patterned tiles either - this can create a really homely feel that is sure to capture attention.          Read more...
  10. Kitchen Splashbacks

    Kitchen Splashbacks One of the most logical and practical uses for tiles in the home is as a splashback, usually within a kitchen setting. Areas that are subject to constant splashes or cooking spills such as behind sinks or hobs benefit greatly from the installation of tiles. On a practical level, tiles are long lasting and easy to clean and in terms of aesthetics, these areas can be a great place of injecting a sense of fun and vibrancy. Often, this area provides the perfect blank canvas for creating a statement. If you have an otherwise simple scheme, why not use this area to add interest? It’s small enough not to be overwhelming and important enough to draw the eye and take centre stage – perfect! If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to capitalise on the trend for mix and match patterns and patchwork (like the Tapestry tiles above), seize it now. By choosing differing patterns in a similar tone, you can create interest without creating chaos. These crisp blue Tapestry tiles (shown top) are perfect for retaining freshness in an otherwise neutral scheme and will really pop against white walls. They are made of practical ceramic so could sit behind a sink or hob and would be a breeze to clean. One large panel of glossy glass can create a sleeker, more sophisticated look if that’s more your style. The lack of grout lines results in less or no interruptions to the panel (depending how large the area is) which creates a sense of continuity. You can add a little pizzazz to your splashback by choosing a glass panel with a soft metallic shimmer, like this understated Merle version, that will look beautiful when lit and change throughout the day. Much like ceramic, glass is easy to clean and available in a rainbow of shades and effects to suit any décor. Another benefit of a great looking splashback is that it can be a relatively easy update to your kitchen that won’t break the bank. Requiring a significantly smaller time and financial commitment than retiling an entire wall, a striking splashback can draw the eye and boost the whole space Read more...

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