Tuesday, 22 January 2013

La Salle de Bain - Time To Talk Tiles

A reader of my previous Part 1 post asked me to give more details about the tiles that I am using for the bathroom. There is still work to be done before I can show you the fait accompli so I shall take this opportunity to talk about the tiles I have selected.

You may have gathered by now that I have quite specific tastes and a Love for Roses - especially pink roses! So when I found some vintage 1940s French fabric patterned with roses I was smitten straight away although surprisingly it was blue and not pink.

Despite it's age the blue roses had held their deep colouring beautifully and I thought immediately that I would base my bathroom design around this fabric.

A couple of years previously whilst at The Country Living Fair in London 

I discovered Welbeck Tiles - actually that is not quite correct - I had already seen Welbeck Tiles featured in an earlier addition of the Country Living Magazine and made a point of visiting their stand at The Fair.

Based and also handmade in Cornwall - not far from Mousehole, their tiny crackle-glazed tiles are patterned with an array of vintage floral designs,

 (Isn't this one just gorgeous?)

(all above tile photos courtesy of Welbeck Tiles) 

some of which remind me of the vintage Royal Winton chintz china that I adore.

Royal Winton June Roses

Royal Winton Victorian Rose

The designs are then put together like patchwork and are perfect for splashbacks and other small areas.

Therefore when I discovered they had a new range of blue and white patchwork tiles I just knew they would compliment my French fabric beautifully.

One particular tile was a perfect colour match to the fabric;

so when I contacted Welbeck I was delighted that they selected tiles with various patterns that were of the same delphinium blue shade.

The patchwork worked out so well as a splashback behind the wash-hand basin that I decided to use the same tiles for the bath splash-back also. However I failed dismally to source a plain tile to coordinate with the plain ivory glaze so I have opted to also use the plain ivory crackle-gaze base brick tiles from Welbeck to tile alongside and behind the bath.

This is my first time working with blue in my colour scheme - I love it so far; now all I need is my Much-Appreciated William to finish the final bits of woodwork and then the tiling; the trimmings; all the final touches can be put in place and then Voila!!....


1 comment:

Charlotte Garden said...

Message from Jane as I know she's having difficulty posting.
"Love the Welbeck Tiles"