However, tiles are a must and if you're in search of something that combines heritage charm with a modern edge, then National Trust's new tile collection (opens in new tab) might just have the perfect pick.
The National Trust is one of the gems of the UK, preserving centuries of heritage in the houses it lovingly tends as well as bringing delight to thousands with its rolling landscapes, forests and coastlines also in its care. Its new collaboration with Sarsen Stone Group (opens in new tab) (the name behind Ca’Pietra and Artisans of Devizes) – launching in April – aims to let you bring a little of that historic, natural charm into your own home.
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Several designs are lifted straight from the past, like the stunning delft tiles on the walls in Dyrham Dairy or the striking repeat pattern of Moseley, which was lifted from the birds eye view of Mosley Old Hall’s Tudor Knot Garden (below) and would look stunning as either a statement flooring or an elegant splashback.
Others designs aim to evoke a feeling of place. The glossy rectangular the Shoreline tiles aims to capture the colors of the coastline, letting you bring instant serenity to your space.
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The beautiful lifelike motifs of the hexagonal Woodland Glade tiles work together like a patchwork, transforming any room into a natural paradise.
These beautiful botanical prints takes its inspiration from the green trees and blush blooms found in the historic Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey. The tiles work wonderfully to add a touch of heritage to more modern scheme.
You can also feel good in your purchasing as Sarsen donates a portion of every sale from this collection to the National Trust. This money will help the Trust to continue its vital work in caring for the history of its homes and the beauty of its countryside, ensuring the it can be enjoyed for years to come.