The Willows - a whole home project case study

Our clients home, The Willows, is a stunning home development nestled in the beautiful countryside. Seeking a tile to run from inside to outside as well as tiles for a whole host of other rooms too, the couple approached The TilePortfolio and and made a visit to our showroom in Kettering, Northants. As well as an inside outside porcelain tile, we also worked together to select a tile for the snug and dining area where a cosy feel was required. Add to that an office and gym along with a master bathroom and we were delighted to assist with this whole home project. The journey began with a simple sample request and we are so excited to share the finished project with you!

The Kitchen

We being with the heart of the home, the kitchen. The owners of The Willows, were looking for a contemporary tile collection that featured both an internal tile and an external co-ordinating tile so they could run the same flooring across both indoor and outdoor spaces. As the chosen kitchen units were in white, and worksurface in a beautiful white-grey the couple wanted a slightly darker tile but one that wasn’t too dark. 

Our Alpine Scorch was chosen. A beautiful quartz effect tile in charcoal, greys, silvers and whites. The tiles work beautifully in the space. With a 9mm thick tile for the internal kitchen in a lovely Matt finish, the same tile was chosen for the outside space in 2cm thickness with a grip finish. Read on to find out more! 

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View Alpine Scorch 600 x 600mm quartz effect porcelain tiles 

Lounge to Lawn

Alpine Scorch tiles continue into the lounge allowing the internal space to flow freely from kitchen to open plan living area. In addition, with the view from inside to outside we can see how the Alpine Scorch tiles flow from lounge to lawn with ease. In this case tiles are a 600 x 600mm format and are the prefect canvas for across the home linking and seamlessly connecting these beautiful spaces. 

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View Alpine Scorch 600 x 600mm quartz effect porcelain tiles 

Inside Outside Tiles

Our Alpine Scorch tiles in 2cm thickness continue the flow from lounge to lawn providing the perfect platform for this stunning outdoor area including hot tub and relaxation space. With inside outside living on the rise running the same tile from  in to out opens up space like never before. With advances in sliding door technology, thresholds are at a minimum and that means it is possible to achieve a beautifully flush run from indoor to outdoor allowing you to bring the outside in and take the inside out. 

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View Alpine Scorch 600 x 600mm quartz effect porcelain tiles 

The Snug

For the snug,  a very different feel was required and our Serenity Sienna wood effect plank tiles were chosen.  In a lovely large format, these tiles are 1.2m x 19.5cm wide and with 39 different patterns mimic wood with incredible realism. Sienna is a lovely warm toned tile in a rich red/brown and as a colour works beautifully with the beams in this wonderful home. 

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View Serenity Sienna wood effect porcelain planks

The Dining Room

Serenity Sienna wood effect plank tiles continue into the dining area and this colour was chosen to also work with this beautiful furniture. Tiles are laid with a third overlap to ensure there is no lippage with the tiles and deliver a wonderful flush finish to the floor. Easy to clean, wood effect porcelain tiles are ideal for dining areas – scratch and stain resistant, they are easy to maintain and work brilliantly with underfloor heating too.

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View Serenity Sienna wood effect porcelain planks

The Office

And onto the office, where Serenity Sienna is the perfect hardwearing floor for this busy space. 

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View Serenity Sienna wood effect porcelain planks

Master En-Suite

And finally upstairs to this stunning master en-suite featuring our beautiful Carerra Argent marble effect tiles in 1200 x 600mm format. We paired this wonderfully fresh large format marble effect tile with our Beat Grey porcelain tiles for the floor creating a stunning canvas that works to perfection with the white sanitaryware and chosen brassware. The design feels so fresh! We love it!

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View Carerra Argent 1200 x 600mm large format marble effect porcelains

The Gym

There’s one last addition! The gym! In this case our client bagged a bargain in our clearance section and opted for our Swoop Grey 600 x 600mm tiles – a gorgeous blue-grey stone effect tile with a little extra grip to the surface but still easy clean. Our Antislip Soft tiles were just the ticket. The R11 A+B+C finish is ideal for delivering a non-slip surface without being too textured and that also means it is easy clean. Sadly, whilst Swoop Grey is no longer available still have some stock left in Swoop Beige!

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If you have a room, a ground floor area or a whole home project and would like help with choosing tiles please get in touch! We love working with clients to select tiles to work across the home! As specialists in larger format tiles and inside outside tiles, all our collections are of the highest quality and sourced directly from Italy and Spain. 

The TilePortfolio specialise in high quality Italian and Spanish Porcelain and Ceramic tiles, in particular large format Porcelains and porcelain tiles for inside and outside. Our carefully curated, stunning tile portfolios are beautifully presented online and supported by a friendly, warm and welcoming service. Visit our centrally based showroom in Kettering, Northamptonshire or shop on line with us at We are here to help and would be delighted to get involved with your project! We always recommend using a professional installer for your project. 


Please note: We strongly recommend using a professional tiler for your project. Installation requirements may vary depending on the tiles you choose, the fixing products used and the specific conditions. Always check with your tiler regards the suitability of the tiles. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.

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