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  1. Transforming your space with tiles

    Transforming your space with tiles Tiles have been a staple in interiors for decades for good reason, their practical properties and vast beautiful design options mean they are the perfect choice for wall and floor coverings throughout the home. However, while many naturally select tiles for their kitchen and bathroom spaces, many overlook the fact they are ideal for hallways, living areas and outdoor spaces.   Why tiles? Naturally, we’re big fans of tiles here at Original Style, but there really is a tile for every area of the home. With recent trends seeing homeowners wanting to create seamless, open plan spaces using long-lasting, practical materials, tiles are the answer to many interior design needs. They are brilliant for creating synergy throughout the home and can be used as a basis to build upon to create many styles and trends, they also provide more durability than perhaps carpet, wood, laminate or lino. While we offer a vast range of tile collections, we understand that sometimes our customers can feel a little unsure where to begin. So we thought we'd take the time to go through a number of style ideas and explain which of our tiles can be used to help create your perfect interior space.   Scandi-Style tile ideas  Scandinavian interior design has dominated home trends for the last few years and it certainly seems the trend is here to stay. This style usually starts with natural textures and neutral tones, like woods teamed with cream, beige and white shades to build a soft yet warm space. For floors, our wood-effect tiles are perfect for this; choose from muted shades of grey, cool-toned browns as well as warmer shades. If wood-effect tiles aren’t your style, take a look at our entire ‘Tileworks’ collection, there are a number of stone and concrete effect tiles in neutral tones, which can be used on both walls and floors to embrace this trend.   Statement style tile ideas Patterned tiles are also hugely popular, from feature floors to stylish splashbacks, patterned tiles are perfect for those looking to add a little extra detail and interest to a scheme. There are plenty of ways to incorporate a statement style with tiles into your space, from fabulous - yet functional - kitchen, bathroom and hallway floors to gorgeous eye-catching walls. Our ‘Odyssey’ collection is home to a series of patterned tiles and borders, inspired by places and cultural design from around the globe and throughout the ages. Think Moroccan bazaars or Turkish pottery, these tiles will transform the walls and floors in your home. For statement walls, our ‘Living’ collection features a selection of large-format, patterned tiles that are distinctively different. These include unique designs such as the French-inspired Maison, iridescent Art Deco style Radiance, and, the uber-cool Nano with urban ditsy prints. These tiles are suitable for many areas in the home - we especially love them for feature walls and, they all come with a coordinating plain tile so you can go as bold or as subtle as you like.   Contemporary style tile ideas Contemporary styles work in kitchens, bathrooms, and generally any room in the home! A modern design style can be created with tiles in many ways, in a variety of formats, textures, finishes, and colours. We’ve got plenty of options for contemporary style-tiles, from stone and wood-effect to large-format glass and metallic finishes. Large-format tiles are wonderfully versatile for a variety of settings and fewer grout lines make for a more chic, seamless finish and can help a space to appear bigger than it is.   Farmhouse style tile ideas The farmhouse, country-style trend is timeless and can be easily created with tiles. Muted hues and natural textures provide the perfect basis to build a rustic interior scheme. Natural stone tiles are great for this; choose from limestone, slate and even real marble, all of which provide an authenticity that will reward you for years to come.     Read more...
  2. Our favourite outdoor tiles

    Our favourite outdoor tiles This time of year sees many of us updating and renovating our gardens and outdoor spaces into our own little slices of paradise, especially with the warm and sunny weather we’ve been having this spring and summer!   If you’re transforming your outside space, have you considered tiles? While there are several options when it comes to flooring, such as decking and concrete, tiles are a great choice in terms of practicality and style. Not only are they hard wearing and easy to maintain, there are also a number of patterns, colours and formats available so that you can create a beautiful space you’ll love for years to come. We’ve got a varied selection of outdoor floor tiles, from natural tones and finishes to bright colours and bold patterns, here’s a closer look.   Natural and Grey Tones For those creating a garden scheme in neutral tones, take a look at our wood-effect tile options. The Lignum collection offers six subtle shades, including soft greys and warm browns, all in a slip-resistant finish. Unlike real wood or decking, these tiles are impervious to rot and rising damp and are very low maintenance as they don’t need sanding or resealing - they’re even wear resistant! It’s no surprise that grey tiles are a popular choice for homeowners, grey tones have been on-trend for some time and the trend shows no sign of slowing down either. If you’re looking for grey tiles that work with your scheme check out Kaamos, also available in Black and Ivory, these tiles are perfect for indoor and outdoor use – and even better when used in synergy.   Pretty Patterns Incorporating pattern into your outdoor space is easily done with tiles, and we have a wide selection of beautiful options, mainly in our Odyssey range. This collection is home to a range of patterned tiles and borders all of which are inspired by journeys of discovery from across the globe meaning you can create your own holiday feel in your back garden with tiles! Choose from delicate prints and soft shades to deep reds, buffs and monochrome styles.   Heritage Style If you’re creating a more heritage feel then you may already be considering Victorian Floor Tiles, which are perfect for achieving this look. Although traditionally used on front paths, porches and in hallways, Victorian floor tiles look stunning in any outside area. Their durable nature, endless styling options and colourways means there’s a Victorian Floor tile pattern for everyone’s taste.   Make a Statement  If you’re really looking to make a statement in your outdoor space then try using tiles on the walls and floors to create a Mediterranean feel. Team with a rustic table and chairs for the perfect al fresco setting!   Whichever outdoor tiles you opt for, we always recommend seeing real life samples and getting expert advice from one of our retailers, you can find your nearest retailer here Read more...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Bigger is better – why large format tiles are a huge trend

    Bigger is better – why large format tiles are a huge trend One of the biggest interior design trends of late has been a move towards clean and contemporary interiors, often with an industrial edge.   Materials such as concrete or natural stone are remaining popular thanks to the rise of the 'architectural' look that can often be seen in hugely popular shows like Grand Designs, and it's now possible to fake this style with realistic tile replicas. But why is it so popular and how can you recreate the look at home? The key reason is that large format tiles offer a no-nonsense, sleek and unfussy aesthetic. This is largely due to the fact that using tiles of this size results in far fewer grout lines, allowing a clean and uninterrupted finish. It's a myth that large scale tiles shouldn't or can't be used in more compact rooms - in fact, these spaces are perfect for them. Using oversized tiles in a small area tricks the eye into thinking that the room is much bigger than it really is, so can help to create a sense of scale where it doesn't naturally exist. Not to mention the fact that few grout lines means easier cleaning! Just make sure you hire a professional to install them, as more cuts will probably be required. It's also important to lay large format tiles onto a flat floor as their impressive scale makes them inflexible. Porcelain and ceramic large format tiles are one of the most popular materials for these sizes. Considerably more affordable than other ranges, these materials also benefit from advancements in technology, such as new printing techniques. This allows effects such as concrete, wood and stone to be applied to tiles for a realistic finish with all but no maintenance requirements. Whilst genuine concrete looks great, it is susceptible to staining. In this instance, a large format concrete effect porcelain tile can be a great alternative. Another benefit of using porcelain tiles is that decorative effects can be applied, such as aged metal in our Steel effect tiles. Available in 1200 x 600 x 12mm formats, as well as smaller dimensions, these large tiles can help to create an industrial look whilst maintaining a contemporary finish Read more...
  8. A warm welcome – a guide to choosing hallway tiles

    A warm welcome – a guide to choosing hallway tiles What do you want to see when you walk through the door at the end of a busy day? Our guess is a cosy and inviting entrance hall that makes you breathe a sigh of relief as you cross the threshold into your home. But hallways must also be functional and as a constantly used thoroughfare and receptacle for muddy boots, wet umbrellas, pets and children, your hall puts up with a lot.   This is where tiles come in. Tiles are a practical and attractive choice for use in hallways, and can look stunning in a variety of formats and materials, from porcelain to ceramic to natural stone. As hardwearing as they are attractive, tiles offer durability along with easy clean characteristics. Tiles won’t be bothered by water, mud or a bit of rough treatment.   What’s the best type of tile for a hallway? The types of tiles you choose depend very much on your style and maintenance requirements. Beautiful but porous products like natural stone flooring will need to be resealed periodically to protect them, so you would need to be willing to perform basic maintenance. Ceramic tiles are an excellent easy clean option, and vitrified versions, such as the Odyssey range, have been fired at very high temperatures to remove water. This means that these ceramic tiles are all but impervious to water (they can even be installed outside if required.) Porcelain tiles are also an extremely practical and cost-effective solution for hallway flooring – but be sure to check that your chosen design won’t become slippery when wet.     Patterned tiles vs neutral tiles The decision to use brightly coloured or patterned tiles in your hallway versus charming neutrals very much comes down to personal taste, though if you are feeling daring, a hallway could be the perfect place to use bold designs. As hallways don’t tend to be areas where you spend a lot of time, you can afford to use brighter or bolder flooring designs than you may otherwise opt for. Try and find a happy medium between pattern and colour, and if you’re new to using graphic tiles, why not choose a striking pattern in a neutral shade? Offset bold tiles with neutral walls to keep the focus on the floor.Neutral tiled flooring doesn’t have to be boring, with beautiful textured products like tumbled marble, limestone, slate and porcelain adding vibrancy of a different kind. Natural stone tiles feature naturally occurring colour variations that add interest and depth. Listen to your heart and, most importantly, pick a floor that you’re sure you can live with! Properly installed tiles last and last, so you’re guaranteed a warm welcome for many years to come Read more...

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