Project Profile: Making an Entrance22 February 2021
Renovating and modernising a traditional old farmhouse takes a lot of work and a lot of imagination. For the owner of this property, which dates back in certain areas to the 1100s, the project began with the grand entrance hall.
“The house can be split into segments that have all been built in different eras with different styles,” explains its owner, Victoria, “and we felt it was time to leave our footprint.” That footprint includes a warm, welcoming entrance hall complete with Artisans of Devizes’ Nimes Porcelain Cenere floor tiles.
“We went to Artisans as initially I was looking for a natural stone,” adds Victoria, “which I thought would complement the inside of the property as well as the York Stone on the patio outside. But when I saw these porcelain tiles in a London showroom, I thought actually within a hallway they would be really easy to keep clean and maintain. They are quite warm with the grey and brown tones and I knew they would complement the wooden wall panelling, which is painted in Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone, and our antique furniture while giving the space a more contemporary twist.”
The large format slabs were laid in a random effect with a grey grout to create a seamless look that enhances a feeling of space. The tiles offer an authentic reproduction of ancient stone and the porcelain surface replicates slight undulations that can usually only be acquired over time. “I have attempted to create a warm atmosphere that welcomes people in,” explains Victoria, “yet still comes off as spacious as a result of the contemporary style. We love the way it looks as well as the fact it requires little effort to clean and maintain, and find it sits perfectly as a room feature.”