Our Customer Tile Style Profile feature takes a closer look at some of the amazing renovation and redesign projects our customers undertake using products from the Tile Mountain range. This month’s edition features Kirstine Revell of Lincolnshire, who created a wonderful statement floor in her hallway using our Victorian Centro Vienna Floor Tiles. We caught up with her to chat about the project in more detail.
What were the circumstances behind the project?
I bought my house fairly recently in August 2017. I knew that some redecoration was required but after moving in found that some renovation and full redecoration was needed. The hallway is the second room in the house I have now completed. I am doing as much work myself as I can.
Was your choice of decor & colour scheme influenced by the tiles you chose, or did you pick the tiles to fit in with a style you’d chosen for the rest of the room?
The house was built around 1912 and is an Edwardian semi-detached property. I especially love old houses and period style and was looking for a bright and airy colour scheme for the hallway. I knew I wanted ceramic floor tiles as they are easy to clean and hard wearing and would also fit in with the style of the house. I chose the tiles first and fitted the colour scheme around them.
What made you decide that the tiles you chose were the right tiles for your project?
I had looked at every style of tile that might fit in an Edwardian setting and short listed a few but the Victorian Centro Viena tiles were my absolute favourite. I thought they were very elegant and I love the colours. I ordered a free sample and as soon as it arrived my mind was made up!
How long did the project take to complete and did you do the tiling yourself or hire a professional tiler?
I undertook the project entirely alone; this was my first ever attempt at tiling but I was determined to do it myself. It took around four days in total to tile and grout the hallway and porch.
What part of the project was most difficult and why?
Grouting was the most difficult. I had researched the tiling part of the task thoroughly on the internet and was more concerned about not getting the pattern the right way round and getting the tiles level with one another, but this wasn’t actually too difficult. I found the grouting physically hard (I am a 5’ 2” 7 stone woman!) and I didn’t remove sufficient grout from the tiles afterwards and some of it dried and was difficult to remove. This added half a day to my project.
Do you have any further decorating projects lined up?
My next decorating project is my dining room and following that my kitchen/breakfast room (there is a large floor area to tile so I’m pleased I’ve practised now!)
What advice would you give to people considering undertaking a similar project?
Do your research, measure carefully, lay out your tiles before beginning, and definitely make sure there is no grout left on the tiles at the end!
What would you say to people who are thinking about buying tiles from Tile Mountain?
I like Tile Mountain – I couldn’t find my tiles anywhere else. The website was easy to use and the purchase simple. The tiles are great quality. Take advantage of the free tile samples as it makes it much easier to decide than just looking at a picture online.
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