Warm Coloured Victorian Tiled Patio Area

If you’ve been told that the kitchen is the heart of the home, think again. The living room is coming back as a place in your home dedicated to relaxing and entertaining. Take a quick look back in time and you’ll see that it was thanks to the Arts and Crafts movement that we now favour comfortable, practical and informal living rooms rather than formal reception rooms akin to the Victorian ‘parlour’.

So, how can you achieve this intimate yet stylish look at home in the 21st century? We’ve put together 5 easy tips to inspire you to add some Victorian charm to your living room.

1 – Fireplace as a focal point

The fireplace was key to a Victorian ‘lounge’. Not only was it used to heat the room but it served as a beautiful focal point, with space to show off decorative objects and artefacts on the mantelpiece. If you have a period fireplace in your living room, now is the time to give it some TLC. Restore the marble or cast-iron surround and clean or replace the feature tiles where necessary. There are plenty of online guides to help you do this.

For a professional finish, The Stone Tile Emporium offer a comprehensive tile maintenance service. We can remove and replace damaged tiles, renovate natural stone tiled surfaces and carry out a deep clean.

2 – Original architectural features

If you are lucky enough to have other original features in your home, make the most of them. Ceiling roses and mouldings, for instance, should be accentuated and celebrated. If they have been removed, consider reinstating them with modern replicas.

Original flooring in hallways and downstairs living areas are a much-coveted feature in period homes. The Victorians loved geometric designs, and delicate and intricate patterns in different colours. Encaustic tiles first appeared in Europe in the late 19th century and were used to decorate the floors of palaces and grand houses all over Europe.

Take a look at our Victorian tiles in striking, decorative patterns – perfect as a stylish yet hardwearing solution for many areas of your home.

3 – Rich colours and patterns

Creating a Victorian ‘vibe’ requires the use of colour – no magnolia here! Rich paint and wallpaper colours and patterns were standard in living rooms. From ruby red to forest green, midnight blue, brown and black, rooms were richly decorated in jewel colours and ornate patterns.

If you have high ceilings, consider painting these the same shade as your walls – it can make a large room look dramatic and opulent. Alternatively, opt for a feature wall in a rich colour if you’re not quite brave enough to commit to a full-on colour scheme.

4 – Plenty of texture and interest

The Victorians were big fans of using lots of different textures on walls, floors and soft furnishings. Think dark, dramatic floorboards covered with Persian-style rugs in rich jewel shades. Window dressings should be sumptuous. Heavy curtains and drapes can create a sense of cosiness as well as opulence, particularly when teamed with delicate lace trims.

On sofas and chairs, try layering cushions in velvet or brocade to evoke Victorian luxury. Think daybeds or thick velvet drapes, soft button-back armchairs and a Victorian chandelier as a feature light.

5 – More is more

Finally, don’t underestimate the power of ornamentation in helping you create more Victorian flair in your home. Many eclectic objets and quirky decorative items can be picked up relatively cheaply from second hand retailers such as antique shops and craft fairs, flea markets and charity shops, and of course internet auction sites.

All it takes is a bit of time and an open mind. From bell jars to taxidermy, vases, mirrors, clocks and artworks, why not curate your own collection of curios and proudly display them in your living room.

At The Stone Tile Emporium, we have a wide selection of finest quality natural stone tiles for your home. We specialise in Victorian geometric flooring tiles in a vast range of colours, sizes and shapes – the perfect way to add a touch of Victorian elegance and style to your home. Why not get in touch or visit our showroom to find our more.

En caustic tiles, in which the pattern on the surface is created by using different colours of clay, first appeared in Europe in the late 19th century.

This is Ca’ Pietra’s first ever collection of hand-made decorative tiles made using the ‘encaustic’ technique with cement in which the pattern is inlaid into the body of the tile, so that the design and colour remain over a longer period of time even with extensive wear.

These are different from ceramic tiles in the way that they are created. Ceramic tiles are made such that surface pattern is the product of the finishing glaze printed on the surface and not the actual tile itself. Whereas with these, the pattern continues throughout the depth of the tile and as a result wears much better. Contact us today or visit our shop in Reigate for more information.

Ceramic tiles are one of the most popular types of material used in the home, but have you ever stopped to find out what exactly they are? With so many shapes, styles and designs to choose from, it’s always important to know what it is you’re buying.

Fortunately, we’re here to do just that. We will teach you all you need to know about ceramic tiles, including what they are and why they’re such a popular material to use.

What are Ceramic Tiles?

Ceramic tiles are comprised of sand, natural products and clays. They are then moulded into the desired shape before being fired in a kiln. Once this process has finished, they are either glazed or left au natural in an unglazed form. Glazed ceramic tiles tend to be the more popular option of the two, but the choice really comes down to the individual involved and the overall look they’re going for.

Why are they good to use?

The popularity of ceramic tiles isn’t unjustified – they are well deserving of their merit as a highly effective building material. Here are four of the main reasons why:

  1. They are incredibly durable.
  2. They are highly resistant.
  3. They retain their colour for life.
  4. They are very easy to clean.

How can I have some installed?

Here at The Tile Emporium, we have rejuvenated our ceramic wall tile displays with these fantastic rustic glazed and crackle glazed brick tiles:

Ceramic tiles

If you are interested in any of these tiles and would like to have them installed, please
get in touch with a member of our team either online or by visiting our store in Reigate.

Porcelanosa tiles may be one of the most popular types of material when it comes to interior design, but what exactly are they? And where did they come from?

We’re here to answer both these questions and more, helping you learn all you need to know about the beautiful building material. Let’s get started.

What are Porcelanosa Tiles?

Porcelanosa tiles come from the aptly-named Porcelanosa – one of the leading suppliers of tiles across the globe. Founded in Villarreal back in 1973, the Spanish manufacturer have a strong philosophy for designing building materials which combine beauty and originality.

These two characteristics can be found throughout the entire range of Porcelanosa products – whether it be a ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, or mosaic design.

Why are they good to use?

The popularity of Porcelanosa tiles isn’t unmerited – they are one of the most popular and effective building materials for good reason. Here are four reasons why:

  1. They offer a high quality.
  2. They are incredibly durable.
  3. They feature a unique, original design.
  4. They represent innovation at its finest.

Where can I get them?

Here at The Tile Emporium, we stock the newest products from the Porcelanosa design collection, including the two stunning ceramic wall tiles shown below:

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If you are interested in having these tiles installed at your property, please
get in touch with a member of our team either online, or visit our store in Reigate for a closer look yourself.

We have found these spectacularly large Porcelain wood planks manufactured by a small Italian company, they are 1.8m long and come in 200 or 300mm widths. We have 4 colours available and are an absolute must see, they dwarf any other faux wood effect tile we have found. We know we are the only stockists of this tile in Surrey so make sure you come and have a look at these fantastic tiles.



Muscat Porcelain Floor tiles

Here at The Tile Emporium we are always striving to stay on top of new and rising trends in the architectural and design markets. Because of this we are constantly renewing our stock and showroom to fit in with these style movements. We have recently acquired a new porcelain range with a Lappato semi-polished finish from Stonecrest Marble.

These tiles are suitable for both walls and floors and come in 4 colours called; Bone, Drk Grey, Lt Grey and Anthracite. They are perfectly suited for Bathrooms and kitchens as the semi-polished finish gives a surface that can easily be cleaned and maintained as well as having grip similar to that of a matte tile.

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Stonecrest is one of the largest distributors of natural stone and ceramic tiles in the UK. With over 15 years’ experience, Stonecrest offer an extensive range of beautiful tiles with thousands of choices to pick from. Click here to visit their website.

Come down and visit our Reigate showroom to view this stunning new range. All details are available in our showroom, we hope to see you soon! Alternatively, you can get in touch with us for more information at info@thestonetileemporium.com or give us a call today on 01737 223922.

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