Character tiles complete stylish rural home

This home is well set up for the rugged indoor-outdoor lifestyle associated with rural living, making extensive use of porcelain tiles along with other products from The Tile Depot – all installed by the home owner

The beautiful, hardwearing kitchen features Habita Castagno woodgrain
The beautiful, hardwearing kitchen features Habita Castagno woodgrain porcelain floor tiles and  Superwhite Cube Mosaics for the eye-catching splashback.

The owners of this house introduced high quality tiles and other products throughout their home. They even took on specialist skills to allow them to install much of the product themselves.

“We tiled every inch of it ourselves, I even got my waterproofing certificate so we could do that too and we also installed the underfloor heating,” says one owner. “Plus, my husband made the scullery and laundry benches, the wooden benches in the kitchen, and the shelf and floating shelf in the powder room.”

Mosaix Hexagonal Black Matt porcelain tiles were chosen
Mosaix Hexagonal Black Matt porcelain tiles were chosen for the scullery's stand-out, contemporary splashback.

The entire ground floor is tiled with porcelain tiles. These are perfect when living on a rural property which is all about indoor-outdoor flow.

“The Habita Castagna woodgrain porcelain tiles are easy to clean and hardwearing, the latter attribute was pretty important with dogs, kids and a fireman all in the mix!”

The outdoor room features Ferrocemento, Italian porcelain floor
The outdoor room features Ferrocemento, Italian porcelain floor tiles.

Porcelain tile flooring has many advantages over natural and engineered wood floors and laminates. It effectively can’t be scratched, won’t sun fade or warp and can’t be damaged by water. Plus, porcelain tile floors are compatible with underfloor heating and offer great thermal mass for passive solar heating.

However, the hard-wearing floor tiles were only part of the story. A wide variety of elements were sourced from the Tile Depot for this home, as the credit list below reflects.

Cementia Black & White #2 200 X 200mm,
Cementia Black & White #2 200 X 200mm, rectified porcelain floor tiles, made in Italy, feature in the children's bathroom. The Indus Back to Wall 1700 bath was also from Tile Depot.

Tile Depot has 13 large stores from Whangarei to Queenstown carrying a range in excess of 1000 high quality tiles, sourced from Italian, Spanish and Asian manufacturers. 

For more details on Tile Depot and the array of character tiles available, along with a wide range of other home solutions, visit the website here

Credit list

House design – Urban Design NZ

Builder – Dave Clarkson Builders

Kitchen and laundry cupboards – GuyCo Kitchens, Whangarei

Vanities – Regal Kitchens, Whangarei

Underfloor heating in kitchen, scullery, hall, bathrooms – Warmfloor, from Tile Depot (installed by owners)


Mirror – Broadway Round LED with demister 1000m, from Tile Depot

Bath – Indus Back to Wall 1700, from Tile Depot

Basins – Heirloom Radial 355mm matt white, from Tile Depot

Toilet – Heiko Comfort Suite, from Tile Depot

Towel rail – Heirloom Studio 1 Noir, heated, from Tile Depot

Miscellaneous – Black trim and shower niches, from Tile Depot


Kitchen, hall, laundry and bedrooms floor tiles – Habita Castagno woodgrain porcelain, 1200mm x 200mm, from Tile Depot

Outdoor room – Ferrocemento, Italian porcelain, R10, rectified, 600x1200mm, from Tile Depot

Staircase – Neptune Max Natural Oak SPC 225x1532mm flooring on treads and into office area upstairs; Artisan Deco Uno, porcelain, 200x200mm on risers, from Tile Depot


Kitchen splashback – Superwhite Cube Mosaic 302 x 262mm, polished porcelain mosaic sheets, from Tile Depot

Scullery splashback – Mosaix Hexagonal Black Matt (50mm) 325 x 282, matt porcelain, from Tile Depot


Powder room – Cementia Black & White #2 200X200mm, rectified porcelain, made in Italy; Victoria White Satin Ripple 65x265mm, ceramic, matt finished, wall only; Punto Zero Latte Lappato 597X597mm (now deleted) – all from Tile Depot

Children's bathroom – Cementia Black & White #2 200X200mm, recitified porcelain, made in Italy; Punto Zero Latte Lappato; Mosaix Chevron White 318x224mm – all from Tile Depot

Master suite – Evo-Q White Mix 200x1200mm, rectified Italian porcelain, with 3 different textures randomly applied (feature wall that flows into shower); Ferrocemento Bianco 600x1200mm, Pei 5, R10, rectified, Italian porcelain – all from Tile Depot


Splashback – Superblack Cube Mosaic 265x308mm, from Tile Depot

Story by: Trendsideas

21 Mar, 2021

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