Written by Hugh Metcalf

3 easy ways to recreate the Victorian floor tile look

Victorian flooring is much lusted after, especially when you live in a period property. However, in its classic form, the pretty patterned tile designs are created from individual tiles – making it a job that can only really be completed by someone with expertise in this sort of tiling – something that can be hard to come by, and therefore come with a premium cost.

While there are benefits of this – for one, it means you can create a design bespoke that fits almost any size and shape of space perfectly – there are other, easier ways to create the look, saving you money and time in the process.

1. Easy lay styles

If you love the authentic texture of the grout lines that come with a traditional Victorian tile design, then there are options out there that make it easier to lay. Mosaics by Post can offer custom designs affixed to a mesh backing, meaning they can be laid in one go. Likewise, Topps Tiles’ range of Victorian-inspired flooring comes in easy-lay sections, with optional borders too.

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Photo: Topps Tiles

2. Patterned floor tiles

Recognising the demand for Victorian-patterned flooring, printed floor tiles have exploded in popularity in recent years as an easier way to recreate the look. There are plenty of styles to choose from, including herringbone, diagonal and chevron are just three that immediately spring to mind. The patterned style tile effect is a popular choice as it can make a smaller hallway look bigger. The Brampton Borough tiles from Ca’Pietra are a great example of this.

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Photo: Brampton Borough tiles, Ca’Pietra

3. Vinyl tile alternatives

Luxury vinyl tiles are extremely durable, but also relatively soft underfoot compared to ceramic tiles – a consideration worth thinking about if you have small children. They come in a wide spectrum of designs, including Victorian-inspired styles like the Dovetail luxury vinyl tiles by Harvey Maria. Similarly, the realistic effects and textures make it look elegant whilst it’s durability also means it’s easy to clean and keep in good condition.

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Photo: Dovetail luxury vinyl tiles, Harvey Maria