Life On The Tiles

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…

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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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More than Fifty Shades of Grey

Grey interior design is sooo en vogue.

Not necessarily because E.L. James made grey the most talked about colour of recent memory but because of its versatility.  Grey interior design is so versatile the options are endless.

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