Louise Wilde, the winner of an iPad in our latest ‘before and after’ competition, used patterned Ornato Blochetto Pattern Tiles to create a striking statement floor in her lounge. When we saw pictures of the stunning transformation, we just had to find out more about the project! Here’s a quick interview…
How would you describe your room before you decorated it, and what made you decide to decorate?
The house was completely re-built from a 1930’s dorma bungalow in 2010 by my husband and his late wife. Due to her terminal illness, she sadly did not get the chance to finish the house from a decoration and interior design perspective due to her illness and the cost of private medication that she was receiving to prolong her chances of surviving her cancer. In order to make the home useable in that time, the entrance room was not really completed and carpet was laid as a temporary substitute to tiling the room. The room was fairly bland with magnolia walls and a very well trodden cream carpet. Most of the furniture did not match and the room was under utilised.
Did you choose your décor / colour scheme around your choice of pattern tiles, or did you choose tiles to fit in with a scheme you’d already chosen?
The colour scheme was determined by the Weru Grey window frames and the accent colour (New York Taxi Yellow), was an inspiration from my husbands Hip Hop DJ group called ‘Tha Gods’, whose brand logo is on the NY Taxi Yellow. The tiles matched the idea of mixing a more formal entrance tiling with a modern twist with the geometric design and the blend of greys and blacks complimented the up cycled coat wardrobe and desk perfectly.
What drew you to the pattern tiles you chose?
The modern design of the geometric pattern allowed us to combine a traditional entrance room with the modern feel of the house.
Did you do the tiling work yourself, or did you hire a tiler?
We hired a tiler who we had used on some other work on the property – he was very reliable and did an excellent job.
What part of the project did you find the most challenging?
Finding the retro desk and coat wardrobe took some time, to find exactly what we were looking for, so this took the longest time. The most challenging part of the project was deciding on how we wanted the tiles laying out to maximum effect. My husband and I spent some time coming up with the alternative layouts until we agreed on the most optimum effect.
Have you had any compliments on your project, from your family and friends?
Plenty!! Everyone loves the tiles and I have recommended a few colleagues and friends to use Walls and Floors. Several were interested in the same tile design that we chose. People are often surprised at the up-cycled furniture and the fact that these were not purchased as new.
After this project, do you have any more decorating projects lined up around the house?
Yes, we have a number of other projects that need to be started, especially the 25foot long, double height, rear living room, which requires a lot of consideration on how we want to zone such a large room, before we start any work on this. We also have a downstairs bedroom and hallways to re-decorate, so still lots to do.
What would you say to people who are thinking about buying tiles from Walls and Floors?
Very friendly and helpful sales team, efficient service, excellent selection and value for money.
There you have it – our interview with Louise Wilde about her stunning transformation!