Interior style: Creating the ‘loft’ look

PUBLISHED: 12:59 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:59 11 August 2014

Tile finishes, such as 'wood' and 'brick' are now exceptionally realistic

Tile finishes, such as 'wood' and 'brick' are now exceptionally realistic


Patrick Jenner, retail manager of N&C Tiles and Bathrooms, gives tips on achieving a classic ‘loft living’ look

Vintage style is more prominent today than ever before. Its popularity is due to the air of classic style it gives – created by craftsmanship in the detail and tradition in design – and the feeling of nostalgic familiarity.

Tiles can help create this look; in fact, they can make a real statement to build a room around. Think weathered-brick effect or rustic wooden tiles or even large-format porcelain floors.

Pair brick-effect wall tiles with wood-effect floor tiles (as below) for the ultimate look in vintage loft-living style. Investments in digital imaging mean you can now benefit from the appearance of natural wood and stone through the latest inkjet technology, which creates intricate detailing and natural stone and wood reproductions. And the durability and practicality of modern-day materials such as porcelain and ceramic give ease of maintenance and looks that last.

Developments in the vintage trend also include up-cycling of the old and integrating it into the new – interpreting antique styles in a new way. This look can be achieved again through tiles – such as the Winchester range, which is reminiscent of a Victorian floor with a contemporary twist.

To complete the look, go back to basics by combining the pared-back vintage style with bold, unique and opulent décor. Seek inspiration from unique items – car-boot sales and antique stores are perfect places to browse for aged decor and soft furnishings that will bring the whole room together.

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