Cleeves HouseVictorian Entrance, Berkshire
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Prioritise patternMany Victorian homes had ornate front porches featuring decorative encaustic floor tiles. If yours have seen better days or are no longer there at all, consider replacing or restoring them. It’s a small area, so it shouldn’t be too pricey, and it sets the tone for the rest of the house, even if you can’t stretch to traditional encaustic tiles in your hallway. Look for classic encaustic designs that match your home’s period – there’s a huge array available, both original and reproduction.See ways to use beautiful decorative tiles
Buff up your encausticsLend a little grandeur to your doorway with encaustic flooring. The Victorians often laid these gorgeous geometric tiles in their porches and hallways – red and black or white and black were common colour combinations. These tiles have amazing longevity – many look almost as good as the day they were laid.But if yours don’t look their best, or you have loose or missing tiles to replace – or if your tiles are beyond repair or you want to add in this feature from scratch – you can buy a wide range of traditional-style and updated encaustic tiles today for a stunning effect.
Reference your design styleChoose a door that reflects the period and style of your home’s interior. Little details like this show you care about the appearance of the exterior and prepare guests for what to expect once they pass over the threshold.
In the porchTiles outside your home – in a porch and even down the path – can look fantastic. While the pattern here isn’t strictly a chessboard of black and white, the effect is similar. The best thing about this look is that it can easily be scaled down according to the size of your porch.
Bring out the bayA tough, traditional plant that can be trimmed and trained to look like a bush or a tree, bay is often used to flank a facade. Here, bay trees in tall, elegant planters add a touch of green at eye level, softening the overall appearance of this grand entryway.