If there’s one thing we’ve realised over the many years we’ve supplied and fitted bathrooms, it’s that old fashions and trends are never far from a comeback.
This is definitely the case with flooring and, in particular, tiling.
There’s a good reason for this. Tiling hasn’t really changed in terms of manufacturing or installation for decades (centuries, even!). And that means for every new pattern or trend that emerges, one from the history books is always waiting in the wings, ready to make a reappearance.
Today, we’re going to look at the re-emergence of Victorian patterned floors!
What’s special about Victorian tiling?
There’s a reason tiles were such a popular choice for flooring in Victorian England. People back then had a keen eye on creating floors that could cope with heavy footfall in both homes and business premises.
They relied on styles that included beautiful mosaics and tessellating (the process of decorating a tile with patterns of repeated shapes). It’s what makes Victorian flooring so recognisable and so prevalent even in today’s society.
It’s also why people will often be delighted by the discovery of Victorian tiling in their period home and spend considerable time and money on restoring it to its former glory.
To go new or refurbish
If you’re lucky enough to live in a period property that still has original Victorian flooring, the good news is that it’s probably still in serviceable condition.
Providing the tiles were properly grouted and remain firmly fixed to the floor without any cracks, you should be able to resurrect them.
However, if you’re not in that position or you simply want to refresh your home’s flooring with the latest Victorian-inspired options that are now flooding the market, you’re in for a treat.
Applying a modern touch to Victorian flooring
You have two options with Victorian floor tiles. You can either go ultra-classic by sourcing genuine tiles from that era or buy brand-new.
The former option might sound romantic and eco-friendlier, but it’s also rather costly. This is largely because genuine Victorian era tiles are often collectors’ items, or in need of serious refurbishment. Either scenario means you’ll inevitably need to dig deep into your pockets to get the tiles onto the floor in good shape.
Instead, why not opt for brand-new tiles that are finished in a Victorian-inspired style?
In doing so, you’ll benefit from a wealth of style options and modern materials which are easier to fit, clean and which will last far longer than their traditional counterparts.
Introducing the Karndean Heritage Collection
When it comes to Victorian tiling, we always turn to Karndean and their wonderful Heritage Collection.
Inspired by the stunning townhouses and villas of the Regency and Victorian eras, this flooring will help you recreate the original character of your home – or add that character to any modern home.
What’s more, and as previously noted, it’s made from modern materials and is as durable, safe, and long-wearing as you’d want it to be. Karndean is a firm favourite amongst our clients because it’s so robust, hygienic, and attractive. To find out more, just get in touch with the Modern Homes team, today.