The draw of older properties is often the original features and traditional encaustic flooring, which has always been popular. However this historical association shouldn’t stop you from adding a twist of Victorian antiquity to the newest of homes.
Taking inspiration from the prestigious Berkley Square in Mayfair, London; the encaustic-style Berkeley tile channels traditional Victorian design with a contemporary colour palette of warm charcoal, slate blue and rust orange.
For a truly contemporary feel, keep your statement floor the focal point and layer muted tones with natural materials; try experimenting with a darker grout to achieve a crisp finish.
Typically centred on intricate patterns and daring colours, Victorian design is still a significant part of modern interiors and truly versatile for any room in the home. The exclusive Minton Hollins William Morris collection is the epitome of Victorian style, taking its inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement.
A whole wall tiled with these intricate patterns brings a real ‘wow factor’ but even a decorative splashback can be extremely effective in a compact space. To make your favourite Minton Hollins tile fit into a modern setting, try picking out a key colour from the pattern and playing with it throughout the rest of your interior.
Think creatively and try tiling alcoves, bookcases and smaller spaces with these bold, jewel colours and inject a little drama into your home.
To plan your design or gain inspiration on how to use pattern in the home, visit the Topps Tiles Visualiser and Style Inspiration blog
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