As a Mancunian and a home blogger, I was pleased to learn about Tile Giant releasing an exciting new vintage tile collection, inspired by one of my city’s most iconic buildings, Victoria Baths. In case you didn’t know, Victoria Baths is a Grade II listed Edwardian swimming pool and Turkish Baths complex which first opened in 1906. It is an architecturally stunning building and an absolute treasure trove of period features, particularly famed for its stunning tiles, mosaics and stained glass.
The building has undergone some restoration in recent years and is now a popular TV and film location. It has appeared numerous times on our screens, as a backdrop to adverts and programmes, including Cold Feet and Peaky Blinders.
Vintage lovers will go wild for this tile range. If you have a period home – or even if you don’t, but would like to add some old fashioned charm – then you should check it out. Featuring 50 new tiles in a variety of colours, styles and sizes, the designs pay homage to the originals at Victoria Baths. You’ll find gorgeous details such as bevelled edges and crackle glazing for that authentic aged appearance. The rich colour palette includes deep blues and greens, turquoise, black and grey, as well as patterns and relief texture that hark back to a nostalgic, bygone era.
I think it was quite inspired of Tile Giant to create this sympathetic range and it is also heartening to know that a percentage of each tile sold goes towards Victoria Baths Trust, the charity that takes care of the building and its restoration. I’ve said before how much I love it when a company ‘gives back’ like this – I wish many more would!
I was keen to get my hands on a few tile samples to see them up close and Tile Giant kindly obliged. In fact, they also challenged me to come up with a little mood board layout to show how I might style these tiles in my own home using a few different items, textures and colours.
I think the samples I chose would really complement my kitchen, where I have a green feature wall and wooden breakfast bar.
The ‘brick’ designs would make an amazing worktop upstand or border and the patterned ones as a beautiful splashback behind the cooker. But these designs and colours could easily create a statement in a bathroom, too and would be lovely in a living room or dining room, as a tiled fireplace surround or feature chimney breast wall. If you are after a hallway accent, you should also check out these scroll border or linear border designs which would be fantastic.
The Iron Works selection of tiles feature quite a busy pattern, but the muted tones mean that the designs don’t shout too loud and would blend nicely with any other period features in your room:
You could maybe introduce a bit of a contemporary feel with the slightly stippled metallic Fenton silver wallpaper from 1838 Wallcoverings here, which almost has the appearance of a glam concrete! We are talking about an era of faded glamour, after all, so why not? Perhaps also accessorise the tiles by surrounding them with a few plants to add a touch of nature.
I really love the colours and textures, don’t you? I think the subtle paint swatches below by Farrow & Ball would also complement the tiles…