Life On The Tiles

Loft Style Living

7 fabulous flooring options for that New York Loft Look

If you’re as obsessed with the industrial loft look as we are, then you’re in luck! We have compiled our favourite flooring options for loft style living spaces using different types of tiles to appeal to every taste. Now please can someone find me a loft to live in (and possibly pay for it too)!

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Real Homes – Emily & Chris

We are very excited to share the first in our series of “Real Home” features, where over the next few months we will be visiting some of our lovely customers and checking out their completed tiling projects. First stop, Emily and Chris’ gorgeous apartment in Tunbridge Wells. We hope you love it as much as we do!

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Super Long Wood-effect Porcelain Tiles

Combining the natural warmth of wood with the strength of porcelain, wood-effect porcelain tiles have become one of the key emerging trends in interior design. These indoor tiles provide elegance and style whilst being highly durable, scratch and chip resistant and extremely easy to clean – making them the perfect choice for almost any room or wall in your home.

Outdoor tiles

Have you considered porcelain tiles for your outdoor and external spaces? Porcelain is the perfect material for outdoor tiles. Give your outdoor space a designer feel with practical porcelain and make the most of your sunny days in the garden.

A huge number of our beautiful Italian and Spanish tiles aren’t just good for inside your home. Porcelain is used across the world as an outdoor tile. So when you hear designers or architects talking about bringing the outside in, it is totally achievable with many of our ranges. 

Concrete and cement style tiles for your home and design projects

A day doesn’t pass without an enquiry about concrete and cement style tiles for our customer’s homes and design projects.  Many have considered polished concrete and chosen against it for varying reasons. The main concern we hear, is staining.  Apparently stubborn stains like red wine and turmeric are particularly troublesome. If you have a penchant for red wine or Indian food perhaps best to steer clear of polished concrete? That’s probably about 90% of us isn’t it?

The Castelnau Tiles top 5 tile design tips

You may have seen Castelnau Tiles and our top tips featured in the Independent (see bottom of page) and The Evening Standard recently. They were really helpful articles on how to turn a dated bathroom into a modern shower room, featuring tiles from Castelnau Tiles.  They have lots of great tips including one from us so I thought I’d write a blog post on Castelnau’s top 5 tile design tips. I’ve gathered these tips from our excellent shop managers, Mariano and David who between them have over 40 years experience in the tile industry, so you are in good hands!

Tile trends: wood-effect, hexagons, concrete-effect & marble

Myself and my brother Liam just spent 3 days at CERSAIE 2014 in Bologna Italy – the world’s largest tile exhibition and the place where new tile trends are set. We saw some beautiful products perfect for your home or project.

CERSAIE is where suppliers launch their new products. It’s like Paris Fashion Week in the tile calendar. The show itself covers over 150,000 square metres of space. It’s colossal! We saw as much of it as possible and were inspired to order more fabulous tiles for our showrooms from the lines of emerging trends. Here is our summary of current tile trends:

Granite or Quartz – which should you choose?

Many customers come into the showrooms flummoxed about Granite and Quartz. Is one better than the other? Well let me explain…

Granite is quarried. It comes straight out of our beautiful planet earth as one huge chunk. It is then cut into slabs and honed down and transported all over the world. Specifically to Luton in our case where our excellent stone-mason Cristian has his workshop.

Quartz or quartz composite (the full name) is man-made. It is normally 93% quartz mixed with 7% resin. It can be manufactured to produce an array of colours and patterns.

From this description which do you prefer? Granite or quartz? Not too sure, us neither so let me continue…

Why Victorian Tiles are a great choice for your bathroom, kitchen and entrance way.

I love looking back at photos of Britain in Victorian times like the one above. If you click here you’ll link to that photo and 37 more fabulous images from the London Underground circa 1863 on buzzfeed. Don’t you just love the gorgeous Victorian metro tiles? I like the fashion too, everyone looks so frightfully dapper.

Today I’m going to talk about why Victorian and Edwardian style tiles, also known as encaustic tiles are so fabulous for many areas in your home. They are beautiful statement tiles of a bygone era. They are tried and tested and give any home that real wow factor.

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