Faïence in France – Tile Style- Getting it just right





There are some gorgeous kitchen tiles available right now, and I was very tempted by these mixed designs- above- for a while, and they may well have worked Chez Nous, but as ever I am drawn back to a  more authentic look..so after a brief flirtation with the tempting idea of mounting a copper panel behind the cooker I have decided for the sake of symmetry to treat the area above both sink and stove in the same way.

I have collected these twelve tiles – below-over a number of years.

Two are very early 19thc, six are late 19thc,  two are excellent repros of Art Nouveau tiles and two are authorised vintage prints of 18thc Canaletto paintings. I love each one on it’s own merits. https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/canalettoIMG_20160607_165629

These will be inset in rectangles as seen, the bottom six over stove ( as the Caneletto tiles link style wise with some pale tapestries which will be utilised in the dining area close by ) and the top six over the sink (as the blue is that of my inky blue traditional Spanish ceramic sink)

Each six part motif will be set within a larger area of palest natural stone travertine 4 inch tiles, laid in the traditional diagonal style of the South of France; bordered  in narrow inky blue pencil tiles.

Rustic grey grout between, more practical and more hovel -friendly than white!

_Tumbled_Travertine_Natural_Stone_Kitchen_Bathroom_Floor_Tiles_These thick 4″ traditional looking travertines will also go on the floor area by stove and  sink for practicality, mixed with two shades of the faded terracotta  in same range. This will link with the old patch of terre cuite tomettes at the entrance to the kitchen8_Travertine_Walnut_Natural_Stone_Kitchen_Bathroom_Floor_Tiles_terre cuite



Laid on kitchen floor and also throughout the cave guest bedroom, the look will mirror that of the pale classic clay tiles that I love- here as hexagonals .


travertine tiles from – http://www.tridome.fr/

and http://www.tiles4all.co.uk



About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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22 Responses to Faïence in France – Tile Style- Getting it just right

  1. Great finds! Having done (over) four houses, I have only one comment…do what you live but ask yourself, how clean do you like your kitchen. The travertine collects mega-dirt in the holes. The first time you topple that lovely Bordeaux on it, you will know why wood or the Great black and dirty white are so popular.

    Best of luck … Looks so great!
    (France Adventure 2016)

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  2. Lynda says:

    Will the travertine be hard to keep clean around the stove?


  3. Piddlewick says:

    You’ve inspired me. We so need to do something behind our sink! Thanks!

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  4. poshbirdy says:

    Love the old tiles you are using. And they form natural groups. They will look wonderful

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  5. Colin Bisset says:

    Your own tiles look fabulous – such zaps of colour. The commercially-mixed lot at the top of your blog is a look that has been done to death here in Sydney – every cafe suddenly exploded with them – which is a bit sad as it totally spoils any sense of originality. So difficult to ‘go your own way’ when bombarded with the look of the moment.


  6. John says:

    I really enjoy your posts and seeing t HB e progress. Very inspiring

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  7. francetaste says:

    That is a brilliant idea to use your collection of tiles in your kitchen! We have been looking for a square meter of antique tile to go behind an antique sink in the garden, but haven’t found what we want (azulejos).
    We have those square travertine tiles as our our kitchen backsplash. Really nice. Our countertops are Caunes marble–red–and the floors are terra cotta tile. The off-white stone works well with the colors.
    I also was enamoured of a Gaudi-style mosaic of broken tiles and dishes, which I’ve seen on Pinterest. Husband nixed that.


  8. Ellen A. says:

    It seems so logical, but I never would have thought to find and collect vintage tiles to make focal points in the kitchen. Probably because I’m in the U.S., where you don’t see a lot of them. Great idea though. Can’t wait to see them in place.

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  9. Nadia says:

    I love travertine. My previous home had them. Here we have vintage, antique tiles. Very pretty but needs regular polishing and buffing.

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