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A tiled hallway – For us, slate was a natural choice

En moderne fjellhytte med mørke fiser av børstet Ottaskifer i gulvet på entreen i kombinasjon med treverk. Man ser innover til stuen.

Nothing is left to chance in the cabin owned by Tommy Dølplads and Einar Myhre. In a cabin that seems to have been taken directly from the pages of an interior design catalogue, slate floor tiles were the natural choice for the hallway. The basic idea for the interior was to combine clean urban lines with natural elements inspired by the surrounding landscape. Østerdal Valley in Norway is known for its deep and dark forests and Otta Pillarguri slate from the neighbouring valley reflects this beautifully, with its muted black colour and distinctive texture.

– There’s almost nothing here that’s standard. We’ve made everything so that it fits to the millimetre and is exactly how we wanted it, says Tommy Dølplads. He is a designer and built and designed the interior of the cabin near Rena in Norway with his partner, Einar Myhre, who is a cabinetmaker.

– We wanted a nice, stringent modern look throughout. It was also important that the floor, and especially the floor in the hallway, was very resilient. After all, this is a cabin, so we’ll be bringing in water and snow on our outdoor shoes. So we couldn’t really have chosen a better material than slate, he explains.

Modern mountain cabin with dark slate tiles in combination with wood on the walls. In the hallway there is a bench with pillows and a pair of shoes.

Perfect for modern design

Unlike in many other cabins, they went for rectangular slate slabs.

– The whole cabin has a very stringent, modern design. For us, it was never an option to go for anything other than rectangular tiles in the hallway, Tommy Dølplads says.

He’s also puzzled about the link many people make between slate, stone paving and mountain cabins.

– I’ve never thought of slate as a typical traditional cabin product. For us, it was solely the characteristics of the Otta natural stone from Norway that made us choose it, mainly the colour and surface. We’ve chosen a rather rough surface that’s a perfect match for the rest of the cabin’s design, he says.

– The Otta Pillarguri slate tiles fit perfectly. It’s quite incredible that we could obtain of a local natural product of such high quality, which also matched our requirements!

Tommy Dølplads, designer
A cozy cottage kitchen dark worktop and light wood. On the bench is a dark tableware, cloth napkins and flowers.
The clear color palette combines black and gray with contrasts in light wood.
Light wooden table set with with cinnamon buns and coffee and beautifully decorated with dark ornaments.
The dark charcoal gray / black color of the Otta Pillarguri phyllit slate is also brought into other elements.

Natural colour palette

They have chosen almost completely black floor tiles of Otta Pillarguri slate for the cabin’s hallway. In addition, the cabin has interior decoration and plants in green and pine brown. See how you can get the warm and exclusive feel of black slate tiles also in your bathroom.

– The colour palette is intended to reflect the landscape outdoors. We have a very clear colour palette indoors, with a lot of black and grey, with contrasts in light wood. It’s quite incredible that we could obtain of a local natural product of such high quality, which also matched our requirements, says Tommy Dølplads.

Combining slate with wood was also something that came completely naturally.

– Here in Østerdalen there is a lot of rock and forest, and a lot of pine around the cabin. We wanted to pull this into the cabin, for the sake of the atmosphere, the colours and the materials, Tommy Dølplads says.

An entrance hall with black natural stone tiles of Otta Pillarguri slate On the floor is a leather bag. Adjoining rooms have light wood floors.

Here are Tommy’s three reasons for choosing slate for their (modern) cabin’s hallway:

1. It looks great

– There’s no doubt that the most important thing for us was to use a material in the hallway that looked good, Tommy Dølplads says.

– Luckily, this was no problem and the slate from Otta is perfect for the look we wanted and the other materials in the cabin.

2. It can withstand a lot of wear and tear

– The hallway is the place in the house we use most while wearing outdoor shoes. And this includes shoes that can leave marks, such as ski boots. A slate floor can withstand water, snow and hard-soled shoes, so that was also important for us, Tommy Dølplads says.

3. It’s local

– Even though Otta lies in Gudbrandsdalen and the cabin is in Østerdalen, it’s still pretty local. When our focus was on a natural cabin, in harmony with the natural environment, it would have seemed wrong to use imported stone. Luckily, we didn’t need to, a happy Tommy Dølplads concludes.

Colour palette that reflects nature

– We have a very clear colour palette indoors, with a lot of black and grey, with contrasts in light wood. It’s quite incredible that we could obtain of a local natural product of such high quality, which also matched our requirements!

Tommy Dølplads
Designer

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