We fitted the current oil stove as a stand alone heater in the 1990s and filled in the space left by the larger Franco-Belge with some new tiles featuring pots of herbs. Our elder son told me he can remember us going to choose the tiles.
The night we came home to this view of the broken concrete floor, was probably the worst point of all. The impact of the destruction of your home is something that cannot be underestimated. The photograph was taken from our bedroom above the kitchen, half the floor had been removed for dry rot treatment giving a view to the kitchen and fireplace below.
Now on to the good part, finally I had the opportunity to choose my own tiles and create the fireplace that I wanted to see in my kitchen. I was delighted when British Ceramic Tile agreed to work with me to create a beautiful fireplace. British Ceramic Tiles are designed and made in Britain with a wide range of traditional and modern styles.
I chose the following tiles for my fireplace:
Elite Rice White Honed Brick Mosaic Stone Tiles ISC2677
The Elite collection is made up of five distinct natural marble ranges that release the true beauty of Indonesian stone. The Rice White Brick Mosaic is available in a 305x305mm size.
Marmaris Black Field Multiuse Tiles ISC2627
The porcelain multiuse tile comes in a 450x450mm size in a natural stone effect.
We used the local company of J.E. Jardine and Son to tile the fireplace, but if you are thinking of doing your own tiling then Katy Harris, Senior Product Manager at British Ceramic Tile has given me some top tips about tiling fireplaces:
- Prepare the area well, making sure there is no paint or soot on the fireplace before you get the tiles ready
- Apply tiles row by row
tiles are extremely hardwearing, practical and easy to clean, making
them a popular option for anyone updating their home. Any keen DIY-er
can easily cut and lay the tiles without worrying about special
preparation or maintenance
- Always order an extra box of tiles in case your measurements are slightly out or you damage the tiles once laid
As recommended, I did order some extra tiles and had enough left to tile the front lobby, where the Edwardian floor tiles had also been damaged by the building work. Fortunately, the tiles I had chosen were suitable for walls and floors and I’m absolutely delighted with the results.
British Ceramic Tiles are widely available through independent tile suppliers, builder’s merchants and DIY stores. If you are interested in finding out more about British Ceramic Tiles please contact 01626 831391 or ‘like’ their Facebook page.
Many thanks to British Ceramic Tile for supplying me with the tiles, it’s been a pleasure to work with them and The Lenny Agency. I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.