I’ll let you into a little secret – I’ve been house-hunting.
I’m not sure if I’m altogether serious yet. It would have to be a very special house to tempt me away from my present home, but I have a hankering for something a bit more rural. Especially as I’m now full-time freelance and don’t have to worry about trains every day. Have I mentioned that?
I feel a bit like the really unhelpful buyers on the many TV programmes on air (that I cannot stop watching by the way!) where nothing is good enough, nothing is fulfilling all of the criteria and they absolutely refuse to compromise. And now I know why. It’s a really big thing, moving house and I haven’t attempted it in a very long time.
But if there’s one thing that really, really freaks me out, it’s the truly awful tiles in the kitchens and bathrooms of the houses on sale. They are so hard to rip out and replace (I know because I have done it many times) and yet, in my mind it is so easy to get it right in the first place.
So please you lovely people, think before you cement those things to your walls. Here are a few beautiful images to inspire and give you some helpful tips.
Nothing beats a brick shaped tile. This one is particularly beautiful in a timeless neutral colour and it’s been crackle glazed to make it look aged. It will still look beautiful and classic twenty years from now especially if teamed with wooden worktops and a country style kitchen.
A similar tile here has been used to cover the walls on the lower half. This is a very practical application as it is the lower wall that will get marked by chairs, children and pets.
This illustrates how traditional looking tiles can still be used to great effect in a modern bathroom. The taps are still quite tradtional looking but the basin is very contemporary. They have a faint metallic finish which complements the black marble very effectively.
And just to prove I’m not entirely against strong colour, I love this. The trick is to keep the grouting white and to keep everthing else plain. The ornate shelf brackets are the only other adornment and the white china looks stunning against the dark green.
And no, I’m not against pattern either. I will say though, if you are going for it, go for it with conviction. Don’t mix pattern and plain – it’s pattern all the way. And mixing patterns looks amazing. I would however stick to one wall, one area around the sink or maybe a patterned floor in a plain room.
All tiles shown are from The Winchester Tile Company.