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Round To Theirs: @barnconversion_northumberland

Round To Theirs: @barnconversion_northumberland

Transforming an unloved chicken shed into a four-bedroom, five-bathroom eco home with open-plan living is no easy task. For Karen and John Burdon (@barnconversion_northumberland), the new-look bathrooms and kitchen/utility included some of our most popular tiles to give the spaces instant impact and wow factor.

The couple both have their our own ensuites off the main bedroom, which was a practical choice as Karen likes a bath while John prefers a shower. There is also a dressing room between the two and both spaces have pocket ribbed glass sliding doors to create privacy while letting light flood in.

Karen knew instantly what tiles she wanted for her ensuite. “From day one I knew I wanted Ca’ Pietra’s Carter Rose,” she says, “as I love the subtle pink hue. It took me a long while to decide that matching that with the Joya Green Moroccan Impressions tiles would look OK but I love it.”

Karen and John decided on the herringbone style with grey grout, as Karen had seen this tile layout on Instagram and fell in love. She furnished the rest of the room with Lusso Stone taps and shower attachments in white, selecting matching black brassware for John’s ensuite. The lights are from made.com with white versions in Karen’s bathroom and black for John which contrasts stunningly against our green Carter Mint tiles. The huge wall mirrors were from Barker and Stonehouse and the Knightsbridge bath is from Frontline.

In the guest bedroom ensuites, our Spitalfield tiles help to complement the industrial feel while vanity units from Lusso Stone and lighting by made.com complete the look.

“Our granddaughters’ bathroom is pink (to match their bedroom,” adds Karen. “They have the Carter White ceramic tiles in a straight style as a backdrop to the Lusso Stone rose gold taps and a freestanding Frontline Compass basin. This has a concrete sink made by the company who did all our polished concrete floors throughout the building. They have a backlit mirror here rather than side wall lights.”

In the larder the couple chose Carter Rose again. “It was crucial to the design of our kitchen and larder,” says Karen, “as the pink really sings against the black units and shelves. The larder is at the back of the kitchen behind the tall unit and is accessed through pocket ribbed glass doors. There are lots of the black steels exposed in the larder and its entrance, which really enhance the pink tiles.”

Karen is over the moon with the renovation and all her tile choices. “I had so many tile samples but my favourites by far were the selection I had from Ca’ Pietra,” she says. “The quality and designs were perfect for me.”

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