Tiles

How 400-year-old Delft tiles became an interior design sensation

What is the item all the young, new-wave interior designers are trying to get their hands on at the moment? Not a limited-edition chair from Milan or a sculptural chandelier, but 400-year-old, hand-painted tiles hailing from the small Dutch city of Delft.

Delft tiles were first produced in the Dutch Golden Age as a response to Chinese blue-and-white glazed porcelain, and have since become instantly recognisable throughout the world for their cobalt blue and white-grey colour. They’ve been exported, replicated and collected by keen-eyed connoisseurs ever since production largely ceased in the 18th century, when cheaper British reproductions put Dutch potters out of business.

Recently, a new generation of makers have been turning their hand to the antiquated craft, with Instagram-savvy crafts people and young interior designers drawn to the pictorial designs.

Authentic antique tiles are identifiable by their greyish-white tin-lead glaze (which was found to be toxic for potters around 1900 and is no longer used) and fine, hand-painted illustrations in cobalt blue, which range from ornate depictions of Dutch life — canal barges or village fetes — to drawings of animals, fruits and, in rare instances, mythical creatures.

Delft tile with wild boar, c1650, from specialist Durk Regts
Delft tile with wild boar, c1650, from specialist Durk Regts
Delft tile with bird of prey, c1640, from specialist Durk Regts
Delft tile with bird of prey, c1640, from specialist Durk Regts

“The ones I love are those painted with little angels or sea monsters,” says Tony Niblock, co-founder of bespoke cupboard maker Plain English. He began collecting the tiles 30 years ago after viewing a Georgian house that had a Delft-clad fireplace and becoming obsessed. He also likes “the really simple drawings of children, and those with a couple of golfers, or missionaries holding crosses up and marching”.

A tracing technique allowed painters to reproduce the same image repeatedly with only very slight variations, creating a system of early mass

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Find Ways to Install Sensational Kitchen Wall Tiles

Kitchen backsplashes have not usually been beautified in the past, considered necessary only as protection for space above the countertop. The result was a drab and uninteresting surface. Now that tiles have witnessed so much of designs, textures, colors, and blends, it is time to adorn kitchen walls too besides the living room and bedroom walls. Why should kitchen walls remain colorless? Get backsplash tile designs in exotic colors and patterns and many people are fond of them. Check out a few chic kitchen wall tile designs and get an idea where and how to use it.

1. A Powerful Intensity

Contrasting colors and designs create a dramatic effect. Choose from numerous patterns in wall tiles. Do you fancy flowers or checks on solid backgrounds? Revive the stale kitchen walls with a glowing effect for a complete makeover of the environment.

2. Create a potent kitchen Character

If backsplashes are installed up to the ceiling, it does create a smashing surrounding. Along with the power, the height of the room looks so much greater. Liven up that otherwise dreary space. Ceiling height backsplashes merge all the kitchen features artistically and regularity replaces the mess.

3. Eternal values Reign

Subway tiles truly represent timeless aspirations, having been around for so long across generations. Subways surround us everywhere in the city and not only in kitchens where they became so common. A classic smartness comes to the home under the impact of the subways. Get them in large sizes too that create altered ideas of space in fancy kitchens.

4. A Rural Effect

Going white all the way calls for some glossy effects. Blend the tiny tiles with larger white tiles to bring depth. Let the lighting focus on the shining mosaic tiles. Stone creates perfectly natural looks, modern too.

5. Wood

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Make Life Colorful and Designed With Kenzzi Collection of Tiles

The new trends are welcome with new fashions and the old fashions are rolled over with old trends. The ceramic tiles are decorated in the walls of Mediterranean villas and European monasteries in the 12th century. However, these types of tiles are available in markets. The Kennzi collections of tiles are decorate in hotels, spas, terraces, and restaurants. Even it becomes a decorative item in the home.

The ceramic tiles hold the iconic place in the history of design and revolve with changes from time to time. The onlookers are attracted with elegant appearance of kenzzi collection and remember the old charm walls.

History of encaustic tiles:

The ancient Greek word encaustic means to heat or to burn. These types of tiles manufactured from two-pigmented clay and heated to medium temperature. In modern days, the term encaustic used to represent the geometric patterns, symbols and floral.

The latest version kenzzi collection brings the rooms from old looks to high fashion with elegance. The kenzzi collection has multifaceted features of six patterns with a glossy finish.

Pattern design:

The pattern of kenzzi collections starts from convoluted design to simple design with an elegant modern look in the kitchen even best for bathroom design also.

The simple design starts from Metrica to complex design of Paloma. It also has simple flower designs like La Fleur with an aesthetic look. The pattern designs include Dekora, Mixana, Anya, Brina, and Leira.

Black and white pattern that break the single color concepts:

The achromatic space will change into the immersion of color and pattern in the way that is more attractive. The paired Domino Subway tile is simple, classic and eye catchy design. The pattern tiles give authentic looks to the room and unique surround. The Paloma or Mixana tiles are used as a border …

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Mosaic Bath Tiles – It Takes Just Hours to Get it Done!

With Mosaic Bath Tile remodeling you can easily redecorate your home by using the same techniques and style used by the Greeks and the Romans. These nature-made panels are so versatile that they can easily stimulate your creativeness providing you countless remodeling ideas and opportunities. Searching for new ideas that will help you on transforming your home contemporary and luxurious? Read this article.

Some basics

What is Mosaic Bath Tile redecoration anyway? Well, it is made of a set of similar looking naturally polished stones carefully sorted and then mounted onto a seamless mesh backed tile. South East Asia and especially Indonesia are known for the large variety of colorful and designed seashore stones that are used for these natural tiles. You can easily tile anywhere in the inside and in the outside: Bathroom and kitchen walls, flooring, shower bases and backsplashes, patios, wine cellars, pools, and fireplaces.

Important benefits

Undoubtedly most of us can find it useful and easy in order to remodel our home:

* Provides unique atmosphere and contemporary look and feel to any surface.

* Can be used for virtually unlimited applications at home, in the office, in restaurants, hotels, etc.

* Impervious to water and other liquids.

Important tips!

* Using grout should be handled carefully so it is recommended to grout a small area at a time.

* Epoxy based grouts are considered stronger than conventional grout, however take in mind that they are less forgiving to the ignorant installer.

* In order to ensure an even color layout of the tiles, sort them before installation.

There are plenty other great advantages provided by this quick solution simply because once you explore and understand how it works, you quickly find endless redesigning opportunities that could fit any space at home.

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