Period Drama: Heritage-style Inspiration

Even the most contemporary home can include some heritage-style or traditional influences … perhaps a gorgeously distressed timber style floor, or a hallway with encaustic-style tiles. The advantage of course, of using new tiles from our collections is that you get exactly the right look. You are safe in the knowledge that your new look might be period, heritage, distressed, or traditional – but the tiles are entirely new, tough, un-damaged and hardwearing. So there’s no need for a trek around the salvage yards. Here, we take a look at tiles that will fit into any home – whether to re-create a period look, or to add a hint of traditional style to a newer roomscape.

Mini Metro Black Wall Tile from Tile Mountain

Mini Metro Black Wall Tile from Tile Mountain

Classic Black

Our Mini Metro tiles are simply perfect for a kitchen, and immediately add a heritage-style theme. Brick tiles have been used for years, and are available in lots of colours and various finishes. Black and White colour options are popular and bring a traditional look to any kitchen. Try teaming with open shelves and display some of your favourite old-fashioned accessories. And don’t forget a stretch of tiles and some stylish open shelves creates a feeling of space and avoids that crowded feel that can happen with too many wall cupboards.

Star Studded

A colourful, highly patterned tiled floor always conjures up images of sunny days and garden rooms; it’s a perfect and practical choice. Back in Victorian times, sun rooms, conservatories, garden rooms and the like were nearly always tiled with ornate patterned tiles. This was mainly from a practical point of view, of course, as the debris from planting and watering was less noticeable on an intricately tiled floor (!) but also because of the Victorian’s love of ornate pattern. We’re very keen on the soft blues and geometric design of the Hanoi Star Blue floor tiles from the Hanoi range; this particular range also includes Cube and Flower options.

Back to the Bathroom

Could any designer consider drawing up plans for a period-style bathroom without considering a roll top bath and marble? Marble effect tiles are perhaps the ultimate option to re-create a heritage look (think of all those grand-hotel style bathrooms from the Edwardian and Art Deco eras). Our Place marble-effect tiles come in two sizes – 600mm x 335 mm for walls and 590mm x 1182mm for walls. Definitely worth considering if you’re taken with the opulent aesthetic of days gone by.

Chess Black & Chess White Floor Tiles from Tile Mountain

Chess Floor Tiles from Tile Mountain


Whether laid diagonally or in parallel lines, a simple black and white chequerboard pattern tiled floor is always going to be a winner. It’s perfect for a classic or traditional scheme, but can also add a sense of period drama to a bathroom scheme that includes contemporary basins and furniture. Take a look at our Chess floor tiles if you’re in need of a little inspiration.

In Addition …

Whilst you’re busy choosing wall and floor tiles for the new bathroom or kitchen, take a look at some of the tap, shower and accessories available in the St James Collection from Marflow. All options and configurations are based on authentic Victorian designs and cast from solid brass, then hand-polished. Finishing touches include porcelain details, with lever or cross-head handles, and a choice of Nickel, Chrome, Brushed Brass, Antique Gold, Brushed Copper and Rose Gold finishes. Something to keep every bathroom designer happy!

Don’t forget that it’s perfectly easy to request a sample of any of our tiles, so you can see the colour, texture and quality (and see them up close in the room that the tiles are to be laid). Here’s a short video to show you how to order your samples.

Will you be harking back when planning your future interior designs? If the answer is yes then we’d love to see your completed projects, so hit us up on twitter @TileMountainUK tag us on Instagram or let us know in the comments.

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Linda has worked as a freelance interiors writer and blogger for many years; she has written for most of the major home and design magazines, including KBB Magazine, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Period Homes and Good Homes. She made the break and moved from London back to her home town of Shrewsbury three years ago and has just finished renovating her house. She also works in an interior design studio, produces copy for brochures and website, tries to tame her garden, aims to finish all the home furnishing projects she has on the go … and loves walking.