i finally made it to the william morris gallery over in walthamstow – it was a house that he lived in for a few years as a child, and in the 1950’s was opened as the gallery. it has since been refurbished and not only shows the designs and influences of william morris, but is an interactive learning centre for both children and adults and also shows contemporary artists in the decorative artists. it was such a pleasure to see the wonderfully muted colours in the original drawings for morris’ wallpaper designs and of course the beautiful tiles – we see so many reproductions , but when you see the originals, you realise that they have much more subtlety. its free into the gallery and there is a lovely cafe there – it would be nice to choose a lovely sunny day as there is a lovely garden too.
you can find colourful decorative tiles all over buildings – from roofs to hallways and courtyards – they make the world unique and beautiful.
you can simply add colour to a bathroom or kitchen by laying a floor with beautiful encaustic floor tiles. Encaustic floor tiles are coloured with oxides while the design is being formed, which gives a soft merging of colour, quite classical and antique in finish. The colours are muted, yet still give you lovely colours without being too bright. you can buy encaustic tiles from Fired Earth and encaustic tiles and wonderful vintage ones from bert & may.
i love the simplicity of this geometric tile design used in babbington house.