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/canaletto
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!
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 kitchen
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/