We take a closer look at three finishes that give this Italian home its cool, collected charm
1 Epoxy resin flooring
This plastic coating creates a contemporary aesthetic that is also hardwearing, chemical- and temperatureresistant and hygienic. The resin is usually applied as a liquid, poured over a layer of primer and finished with up to three coats of sealant (this is a job for a professional builder or fitter) to create a watertight, dustproof and seamless finish. Once in situ, the flooring is easy to clean and can help to reduce the noise of footsteps. The Resin Floor Company is a good source of advice if you are planning a project (resinfloorcompany.com). Most finishes come in a selection of standard colours, various thicknesses, and in matt, gloss and silk finishes. Specialists such as Puur can also custom-mix colours, such as the bespoke grey that homeowner Hanne has chosen for this house. It estimates that the cost of epoxy resin flooring is £100–£150 per square metre (puurfloors.com).
2 Decorative polished plaster walls
Also called decorative concrete, this features on all of the walls in Hanne’s house. The colour used is, once again, a custom-mixed shade of grey, made by specialist company Weber (netweber.co.uk). Evoke Polished Plaster Interiors is a company based in the UK that can adjust the colour and finish to suit your style. The cost starts at £65 per square metre (evokepolishedplastering.co.uk).
3 Porcelain tiles
In the kitchen, porcelain ‘Satin’ metro-style tiles by Italian brand Tonalite are used above the cabinetry. Hanne eschewed the traditional white in favour of a soft sand-hued ‘Sabbia’ colourway that blends with the neutral grey woodwork (tonalite.it). The Tile Association lists selected stockists of Tonalite tiles in the UK (tile.org.uk).