The Tullamore Court Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Ireland’s picturesque countryside. The 4* accommodation offers its patrons leisure facilities, a 20-metre swimming pool, a bistro and a bar, as well as a restaurant, which was in desperate need of renovation.

The hotel’s main restaurant hadn’t been updated since the late 90s, so interior design practice Helen Casey Design Associates (HCDA) was called upon to bring the space into the 21st Century. HCDA replaced the restaurant’s dated fast-food style booths, removed partitioning that separated the restaurant from the hotel’s courtyard and laid eye-catching Amtico flooring throughout.

HCDA chose Gingham, a predefined colour and pattern combination from the Amtico Designers’ Choice collection. To complement the large space, the design was scaled-up, creating a look that is unique to the Tullamore Court Hotel. The resulting design is modern, tasteful and successfully reinvigorates the restaurant.

Eoghan ó Cathasaigh, design director at HCDA, explains why Amtico was specified: “The restaurant’s existing carpet and timber floors were extremely tired and well worn, so durability was a key factor when choosing its replacement. Amtico is known for its hard-wearing products and I am confident that the flooring will easily stand up to this busy hotel’s requirements.

“As the restaurant floor could not be raised, there were limitations with the flooring selection; to visually separate the space it was essential the new flooring complemented and aligned with adjoining areas. The diversity of Amtico’s designs led us to create a bespoke up-scaled look that is contemporary, fresh and airy and, importantly, in keeping with the overall character of the property.”

Robert Kerbey, owner and director of LRK Flooring Systems Ltd, the company behind the installation, adds: “We have worked with Amtico before during many commercial installations, ranging from restaurants to nightclubs. For this project, the flooring design consisted of three different colours, which were laid to create a tartan-effect pattern. Amtico provided excellent instructions but it was vital that the first few lines of tiles were carefully laid and that the lines did not veer off, otherwise the pattern would not have been achieved. We would definitely use Amtico again; we prefer fitting Amtico to any other LVT.”

Products: Gingham, from Amtico Designers’ Choice collection, consisting of ‘Graphite Slate’, ‘Kura Caraway’ and ‘Basilica Salt’ laid in a check pattern.

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