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on the tiles

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Halls, bath­rooms and kitchens need hard-wear­ing floors, but that doesn’t mean they have to be bor­ing

clas­sic look

Ter­ra­cotta is warm and nat­u­ral with a lovely un­even, worn char­ac­ter, mak­ing it the ideal back­drop for many styles of decor. With the sun stream­ing into Helena Bar­row­cliff’s din­ing area, the Mediter­ranean-style tiles add am­bi­ence and blend beau­ti­fully with the wooden fur­ni­ture. Be­cause they are unglazed, they are por­ous and will re­quire seal­ing, but this will deepen their colour. In this space, ter­ra­cotta tiles have been laid in a bas­ket-weave pat­tern. Re­claimed floor tiles, £109.82sq m, Fired Earth.

bold bath­room

One of the most pop­u­lar floor­ing op­tions, ceramic tiles are a great way of in­tro­duc­ing colour, pat­tern or tex­ture in a room. The Bar­ratts have laid a geo­met­ric pat­tern in their bath­room to give the neu­tral space dy­namism. These tiles work well by a shower or bath as they are wa­ter­proof and stain re­sis­tant. In this scheme, bold mono­chrome tiles have been used to great ef­fect and are ex­tended up the wall to em­u­late the look of a skirt­ing board. Black walls add to the drama. Brix­ton floor tiles, £67.56sq m, Topps Tiles.

first im­pres­sions

See­ing an eye-catch­ing floor as soon as you open your front floor has the ul­ti­mate wow fac­tor. Laura and Pa­trick But­ler-mad­den have cre­ated just this with pat­terned en­caus­tic tiles in their hall, an up­date of mo­saic floor­ing of the Vic­to­rian era. Here, porce­lain tiles have been used to recre­ate the beauty and im­pact of geo­met­ric floors found in his­tor­i­cal build­ings. A plain bor­der has been set in from the wall to give the scheme a framed ef­fect. Play One porce­lain-style floor tiles in lay­out 7-3, £174sq m, Do­mus.

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