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The experts advice: – use grey floor tiles in the hallway!

En entre i en moderne hytte med lys Oppdalskifer fliser på gulvet og med møbler i treverk. Designet av arkitekt Tommie Wilhelmsen

Amaze your guests the moment you open the door. Grey floor tiles give a modern, maintenance-free hallway that can withstand everything from ski boots to stiletto heels.

First impressions are a strange thing.

A good first impression counts for more and colours your experience.

This is also the case for homes, so a nice entrance hall is a wise investment. Grey slate floor tiles can turns a “wow” into a “WOW!” experience.

A hallway with  gray Oppdal quartzite slate chips that seamlessly turns into oak parquet.
Floor tiles of silk-brushed Oppdal quartzite slate.

The architect: – it’s the site that decides

Architect Tommie Wilhelmsen has designed many modern entrance halls. He likes to use grey slate tiles, but only if they are a good fit.

– I often choose grey slate and natural stone tiles for projects where the site or building already has a lot of stone. Then it fits in naturally, contributing to a pleasing whole. So I rarely use it in isolation. The important aspect is to achieve cohesion, he says.

The area around the property also plays a role in determining whether Tommie Wilhelmsen uses grey tiles in the entrance hall.

– I always try to work with natural materials such as wood and stone. They give timeless and lasting colours. With a property that lies close to a rocky area, or in the mountains, grey tiles in the hallway will work really well, he says.

An entrance hall with tiles in Oppdal quartzite slate and oak furnishings. The front door has a large glass panel.
Light Oppdal antique brushed floor tiles in “Cabin Ryfylket”. Architect Tommie Wilhelmsen

He focuses particularly on connecting outdoor and indoor areas by using the same material throughout. In this respect, it’s good to have a material that can withstand snow, frost, rain and wind.

– Wood has to be treated in a completely different way when used outdoors compared to indoors. Slate, on the other hand, is so maintenance-free and versatile that it can be laid in more or less the same way both places. This gives the property a nice cohesive feel, he explains.

Seamless transition from outdoors and into the hallway with slate wallbricks in a drywall and gray slate tiles both inside and out.
Seamless! Both bricks and floor tiles are Oppdal quartzite slate.
Entrance hall with double doors that go straight into a large hallway with gray tiles. The same slate tiles are also used in the entrance area outside.
Oppdal slate floor tiles are used both outside and in the spacious entrance hall.

Let the material guide your guests

Designer Halvor Bakke also praises grey tiles in the entrance hall.

– It’s great to use slate in areas with a lot of traffic. I also often continue slate into the bathroom and shower. It’s rugged and cool and it’s really fine to let the slate guide guests further into the cabin or house, he says.

A large cabin corridor with light Oppdal slate crazy pavings on the floor.
Light Oppdal flagstones – organic forms soften the impression.
A hallway covered with gray slate tiles from Offerdal. The house has a typical Scandinavian style with white walls and natural colors of furniture and textiles.
Offerdal floor tiles in the hallway follow you into the kitchen at one end and to the bedroom at the other.

Halvor Bakke points out that grey slate tiles are not just ordinary grey tiles. There are several shades of grey and each of them has its place. So whatever the look you want for your hallway or bathroom, slate can be the solution.

– I think it’s nice to use the slightly darker version in the mountains and in modern homes. It can also be used in the bathroom, if you want a slightly more exclusive spa feel, he says.

An entrance to a log cabin with large  crazy pavings on the floor
Light Oppdal flagstonoes give a warm and exclusive impression.

– The experience of a room starts the moment you walk in the door

If you’re a pragmatist, there’s no reason to choose anything other than grey floor tiles. Natural stone has properties that make it resilient and hard-wearing.

Slate is so maintenance-free that you can bring in water and gravel without damaging the surface, which is practical for an entrance hall. This also makes it particularly suitable for winter cabins, where ski boots can bring in a lot of snow.

Kristin Hansen-Øvre, an interior designer and owner of OJ! Design og interiør, explains that slate is just as suitable, whether you have a large or small hallway.

Cabin with gray tiles of Offerdal slate in the entrance hall. On one side is a wine cabinet.
Tiles of Offerdal quartzite slate is used in this cabin hallway. Design: OJ! Design og Interiør. Foto: Birgit Fauske

– The material is so versatile that you can easily use it for any size room. There are also a few tricks you can use to make a small hallway seem bigger. For example, the size of the tiles has an effect.

She also recommends that it’s best to have closed storage space for coats, etc. in the hallway, to give the floor materials a chance to shine.

– How you experience a room starts as soon as you come through the door. So it’s important that the first thing you meet isn’t piles of coats and shoes, and puddles of water. So, if you can, I recommend putting coat hooks and shoe racks somewhere else. This also gives guests the opportunity to admire the interior properly, she explains.

Hallway with gray tiles of silk-brushed Oppdal slate on the floor and wooden stairs up to the second floor.
Silk-brushed flooring tiles of Light Oppdal quartzite slate give a typical Scandinavian look.
Light gray floor tiles in the hallway of silk-brushed Oppdal slate. A light wooden staircase goes up to the right.
The silk-brushed tiles of light Oppdal slate form a neutral backdrop that suits everything.

If you want to create the illusion that your hallway is larger than it seems, she recommends using one of the world’s oldest illusion effects: a mirror.

– Use mirrors, and preferably as large as possible. Besides checking that you look presentable before leaving your home or cabin, you can use mirrors to make rooms seem larger. They’re perfect for smaller hallways.

Hallway with light gray slate tiles from Oppdal in the first part which goes over to stairs, wall and parquet of oak.
Tiles of silk-brushed Light Oppdal quartzite slate.
Entrance with light Oppdal slate on the floor, which continues into wooden parquet. Wooden walls and interior.
Tiles of silk-brushed Light Oppdal quartzite slate.

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