Last Updated: September 10th, 2019
Whether you’ve got an expansive garden or a small patio your outdoor space should be a place you wish to escape to, where you can relax and unwind. By styling your outdoor space to reflect and enhance your outdoor tiles, you can make your patio an inviting extension of your home.
One easy way to make your outdoor tiles an extension of your home is by using Valverdi Indoor-Out tiles, to seamlessly match your indoor tiles with your outdoor tiles. Whether you are looking to create a new space or style an existing one, we’ve got some styling tips to help you achieve your desired space.
Cosy Country Style
If you’ve decided to keep it classic with country style outdoor tiles, then these design ideas will help make your outdoor tiles and space cosy and welcoming.
Cushions and Blankets: Simple, relaxing and cost-effective. Buying some cushions and blankets that reflect the tone of your outdoor tiles will help make your patio inviting. We recommend kitted wool blankets and cushions to create a rustic appearance that will pair brilliantly with a country-style outdoor tile like Valverdi Copse.
Circle Your Chairs: Organize chaises, lawn chairs, and cushions to encourage cosy conversations that last late into the night.
Fairy lights: Don’t underestimate the power of mood lighting. Fairy lights can quickly transform your outdoor tiles and space into a magical setting for you to spend those summer nights in.
Perhaps you’ve chosen from our cement effect tile range to create an urban feel to your patio. There are many styling options to help you enhance your outdoor tiles to create an urban escape in your very own garden.
Concrete Jungle: If you’re in a city or your patio is small, use your vertical space to introduce greenery. This will give your urban outdoor tiles a softer, contemporary edge.
Patio Fire Bowl: A relaxed seating area with a fire bowl allows the family to linger outdoors on cool evenings.
Contemporary Furniture: If going for an urban feel to your outdoor area try using contemporary furniture to better blend that urban aesthetic. A slate table, matching chairs, or even a chandelier can give your outdoor space that edgy feel.
Fun & Colourful
Whether you’ve chosen cement effect, wood effect or patterned outdoor tiles, with some simple styling choices you can make your patio fun and colourful.
Mix & Match: For an eclectic aesthetic mix and match your furniture and decorations to create an endearing haphazard feel to your garden. Why not try furniture typically used in doors, like a sideboard, to add depth and dimension to your patio.
Coffee Table: Add a side table to create an outdoor reading nook, it will make your outdoor space that much more inviting (and functional) with the addition of a simple, all-weather side table.
Decorate with Candles: Steal a candelabra from your mantel the next time you entertain outside — it will lend soft lighting and a bit of glamour to the party.
We hope these tips will help you style your outdoor tiles and make your outdoor space a welcome extension of your home. Check out our full range of hard-wearing, slip resistant and stylish outdoor tiles online here. You can order up to 4 free cut samples to help you decide which tile is right for you.0
Last Updated: September 1st, 2019
As the weather cools down and the kids go back to school we’ve found ourselves content with the upcoming change of season. While we love the long summer nights there’s something comforting about knowing Autumn is around the corner. And this is the perfect time to think about updating your home – whether you want a new kitchen to cook your Christmas dinner in or just feel like it’s time for a refresh of the bathroom. This month we’ve got two fantastic ranges to tell you more about so read on to hear all about the Luxury Marble effect tiles and the Trend range of neutral porcelain wall and floor tiles.
There’s something about marble that adds an opulent feel to any space – whether that’s a large hotel lobby or a beautiful bathroom. We absolutely love the natural colours and veining seen in marble, but it is a costly choice for walls and floors – more so when you factor in regular cleaning and sealing with specialist products. Luckily, our Luxury Marble range gives the gorgeous look of marble but with all the benefits of ceramic and porcelain. There are three colour choices; a classic calacatta, a bright white and (our favourite) the stunning Tortora which has a velvety mink brown colouring. Each colour is available in 700x350mm and 592x592mm with either a glossy or matt finish.
Trend is a versatile collection of stone effect porcelain tiles that are perfect for almost any space. The bestselling Trend Microtec range is perfect for both domestic and commercial installations thanks to the choice of neutral colours. Each colour comes in a selection fo colours and sizes, allowing you to create a co-ordinating wet room with a combination of field and mosaic tiles that can be used on walls and floors. Each tile is available with a matt or polished finish to help you create the look you want. The tiles are available in White, Cream, Light Grey, Grey and Anthracite in the following sizes and finishes:
- 600x300mm matt
- 600x300mm polished
- 600x600mm matt
- 600x600mm polished
- 600x600mm matt mosaic
- 600x600mm polished mosaic
Manufactured by global brand VitrA, advanced porcelain technology is used to create a natural look with an industrial touch and “unconventional textures are created by imprinting effects onto unglazed tiles using a pressing technique”.
Our Featured Tiles are available online and in our showrooms throughout September. Not sure if the colour or style is right? Order a sample online or pop into a showroom for a closer look.0
Last Updated: August 27th, 2019
We are huge Bake Off fans at The London Tile Co. and we’re thankful that when the show moved ‘house’ it kept the kitschy-kitchen style that we all know and love. While we adore everything about it, the best thing about the colourful design of the makeshift kitchen is how easy it is to recreate in your own home. Of course, the easiest thing you can add to your kitchen to make it look more like the Bake Off tent is a light dusting of flour to give it that frenzied dash-to-the-finish-line look, but we’re not sure that’s the part of the style you really want to copy. If you’re considering transforming your cooking space into one that will make Paul and Prue feel at home, grab a cuppa and read on for our top tips.
Pastel Colour Scheme
One of the most memorable parts of the Bake Off kitchen is the pastel color scheme used throughout the tent. From the cupboards to the appliances, soft but bright tones are used to create a cheerful environment. If you want to keep things on the softer side we recommend the Kyoto range of pastel crackle glaze effect wall tiles, which are available in Bake Off shades like Aqua, Green and Lavender. For a bolder look try one of the blue or green hues in the Savanna glossy wall tile range.
The contestants on the Bake Off have access to some of the best baking equipment available. From the coveted NEFF Slide & Hide oven to bold Smeg fridges, no expense is spared on the tools of the trade. Luckily the popularity of the show and these items has inspired a range of more affordable alternatives, but sometimes it pays to have a showstopping fridge to look at every morning as you’re fixing your first tea or coffee of the day.
With all the gadgets and tools required it’s important to have somewhere stylish and practical to store them. To recreate the Bake Off look you’ll want some form of open shelving – a dresser works particularly as you have the added benefit of cupboards to stash anything that doesn’t quite fit the style. Opt for pastel painted shaker-style cabinets with wooden worktops, and move your ingredients into jars with cut labels to complete the looks.
The decorations in the Bake Off tent are a mix of classic British designs with summer-fete style and natural inspired accessories. Florals, Union Jacks and pretty patterns are a common sight, and don’t forget the gold rule – bunting makes everything better! Bunting is easy to make and can be created using anything from fabric scraps to old curtains so get yourself down to your local charity shop today. Making your own bunting is satisfying, eco-friendly and means you can create something that suits your decor perfectly.
Old Meets New
One of our favourite things about Bake Off is how it manages to bring old and new together. Whether it’s a vintage recipe in the technical challenge or the on-trend vegan week, they do like to mix things up. This is also true for the decor in the tent, with classic designs paired with new technology. Take inspiration by going for a traditional style floor in a modern material in your kitchen; our top picks are a traditional checkerboard pattern floor with Retromix black and white tiles, or a bold pattern in pastel hues from the encaustic effect Priory range.
If you’ve already created a perfect-pastel Bake Off inspired space in your home we’d love to hear from you – let us know your tips and tricks in the comments.0
Last Updated: August 20th, 2019
Is indecisiveness standing in the way of your perfect room? With so many tiles to choose from it’s no surprise that it’s not easy to make a decision but we think we can help you – look no further than our Allure range, which is alluring for all the right reasons; modern, edgy and eye-catching, the Allure range has it all.
Allure Metallic Field Tiles
Whether you’re looking for tiles for a bathroom, kitchen or any other room in your home, the cement and metallic finish of the Allure metallic tiles will give your property the best of both worlds. A classic feel with a contemporary twist. The Allure metallic porcelain tiles will make your room feel luxurious with its subtle metallic shimmer, and its cement-inspired effect means it has an urban look that will make these tiles a stand out in your property.
The Allure metallic tiles are available in White, Steel, Sand and Copper in a classic, and highly adaptable, 1200x300mm size. These porcelain tiles are suitable for use on both the walls and floor allowing you to create a seamlessly cohesive look. Or why not mix things up with one of the other tiles offered in the Allure range.
Allure Shatter Décor Glitter Tiles
The Allure Shatter Décor tiles are also available in White, Steel, Sand and Copper and the classic 1200x300mm size. These porcelain tiles are only suitable for wall application and would look great if used to create a panel effect which will create depth and interest to any room. Why not add a glittery shimmer to your bathroom with the Allure Shatter Décor tiles?
Allure Herringbone & Square Mosaic Metallic Tiles
The Allure Herringbone and Square Mosaic tiles have the same stunning sparkling appearance as the Allure metallic field tiles, the only difference is their size and shape.
The Allure Herringbone Mosaic Metallic tiles are available in a 281x281mm sheet. The herringbone pattern these tiles come in combined with each tile having a slight varied shimmer, means they will create a distinctive wall design unique to you.
The Allure Square Mosaic Metallic tile comes in a uniform 316 x 316mm size, but that’s the only uniform thing about it. The subtle shimmer of the metallic tiles varies with each square giving these tiles a mother of pearl effect that would look beautiful on a bathroom wall paired with the matching Allure Metallic floor tiles.
Both of these porcelain tiles are designed to be used as wall tiles and would look beautiful as a kitchen splashback. As with all the tiles in the Allure range, they are available in White, Steel, Sand and Copper.
Allure 3D Décor Piece Stud Tiles
If the subtle shimmer of the Herringbone, Square and field tiles and the glitter effect of the Allure Shatter tiles is not enough drama for you then check out these Allure 3D Décor tiles. Available in Steel and Copper as 125x125mm porcelain wall tiles. These 3D stud-effect tiles will be a dynamic addition to any room, creating depth and drama.
The Allure range has tiles to suit every taste from subtle and contemporary, to bold and luxurious. The range of floor and wall tiles are available in seemingly classic colours, but the metallic shimmer gives every tile an urban-twist. Whether you are renovating or building a new property, don’t let indecision delay you. Pick from our Allure tile range and be confident, you’ve made an excellent choice.0
Last Updated: August 1st, 2019
Is the summer flying by for you too? At London Tile HQ we’ve been so busy that the start of August seems to have snuck up on us! While we don’t want to be seen to be wishing the summer away, the start of a new month does bring new Featured Tiles – so that’s something to be excited about. This month we’ve got a classic wall tile and a beautiful natural stone inspired range to tell you about – read on for more.
Keep it classic with the Sentry range. These 300x100mm ceramic wall tiles are available in a range of neutral colours with a choice of matt or gloss finishes. They’re size and flat surface means they’re not quite metro tiles but provide the same sort of look which makes them perfect for walls in kitchens and bathrooms. Add contrasting grout for a contemporary look or choose a matching joint colour for a more subtle finish.
Colours in the Sentry range:
- Light Grey
- Mid Grey
If you want to add a natural look to your living spaces the Insignia range could be the one for you. Available in Beige or White, the tiles have a realistic stone-inspired look that adds a luxurious feel to kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and living rooms. The tiles are available in 600x300mm or 600x600mm and are made of hard-wearing porcelain so they can be used on both walls and floors.
The good news is that both Featured Tile ranges are available with 20% off both online and in-store throughout August. Need a closer look to make your mind up? Pop into one of our showrooms or order a sample online today.0
Last Updated: July 26th, 2019
Though it may technically be summer in the UK right now, it sure doesn’t always feel like it. The UK’s weather has a tendency for sudden downpours when there hasn’t been a cloud in sight, or that infuriating incessant drizzle that leaves you always a little bit damp. Besides the risk to your BBQ’s burgers and sausages, these changes in the weather can make your patio a slippery hazard to all those in attendance. But never fear, The London Tile Co. are prepared for everything a classic British summer can throw at us.
There are many patio options available to you but some of the classic choices, like wood, can quickly become slippery with only a little rain. How often have you had to tread carefully when walking outside, or warn family and friends about the slippiness, never even mind any kids that might be running about. That’s why we at The London Tile Co. have made sure that all our external porcelain paving tiles have a minimum R11 slip resistance rating.
What does an R11 Resistance Rating Actually Mean?
During the manufacturing process of our tiles texture is added to the surface before they are fired to increase each tiles slip resistance. The tiles are then tested using the Inclined Ramp Test; the tiles are lubricated and then gradually inclined until the slipping angle of the tile is found. A test subject wearing standardised rubber soles will then check the resistance of the tile. Our external tiles have all been awarded an R11 resistance rating meaning they have good surface friction.
Our PorcelPave range exclusively offers external options with many great benefits:
- Slip resistant surface ideal for outdoor use.
- Weatherproof tiles are both fully frost proof and will not fade.
- PorcelPave engineered porcelain is extremely strong and hard-wearing.
- Much more scratch resistant than natural stone or concrete.
- Engineered for even thickness and sizing.
- Contemporary selection of colours and designs.
- Impermeable material resists stains, moss and mould.
- Superior load-bearing strength compared to standard indoor tiles.
Stunning stone effect with a realistic silver-grey travertine effect, Athena Silver is perfect for adding a natural look to patios. Our tile size offered is 600x600mm.
Cabin: These realistic wood effect tiles are available in four gorgeous colours – Light Grey, Mink, Smoke and White. These tiles mean you can create that wood look without the added hassle of their typical slippiness. Offered in 1200x300mm.
With our Valverdi Indoor-Out range your garden can become an extension to your home. Step seamlessly from inside you home to your outdoor space and feel like you haven’t left the room with these specially designed tiles in the indoor-outdoor collection. The Valverdi Indoor-Out range provides you with all the same benefits as the PorcelPave range – strong, tough, hard-wearing, slip resistant, frost proof, colour-fast, etc. – meaning that these tiles will last for decades and still look as stunning as the first day you laid them.
Whether you’re looking for a modern, current look or something a little more classic your home and patio will look superb with any of these phenomenal tiles.
Burnham is a contemporary industrial tile with concrete undertones that adds a modern look to dining areas and kitchens, while the matching outdoor tiles create a hard-wearing and long-lasting patio. Both the internal and external tiles are offered as 1200x600mm.
Portico has a deep grey-blue colour with random marbling, inspired by quarried Cumbrian slate. This natural yet durable stone look is perfect for a range of architectural and landscaping projects. Available in 10mm and 20mm thicknesses in 1200x600mm.
At The London Tile Co. we sell a wide range of external porcelain paving options to meet your every tiling need, so why not check out the PorcelPave and Valverdi collections and see what we’ve got to offer? Come rain or shine, these tiles will be a safe and beautiful option for your garden, so be ready to make the most of the summer with The London Tile Co. See our full range of outdoor porcelain tiles here.0
Last Updated: July 15th, 2019
Industrial style interior design takes its inspiration from old factories and other industrial spaces that in recent years have been converted to lofts and other living spaces. If you like a modern space that speaks volumes, looks both lived-in and laid-back, then this industrial style could be the kitchen design you’ve been looking for.
There is no one single industrial style; some favour exposed brick walls and pipes, others wood beams or, perhaps some wall-mounted rails and retro-looking appliances are all that’s being used to create an industrial feel to a space. There are many staples of an industrial kitchen style, so take your time to explore what feels right for you and your property. But how can this desired aesthetic be achieved? We at The London Tile Co. have decided to reveal our tricks of the trade with these tips on how to create an industrial kitchen space.
Industrial Style Tiling Choices
When designing with an industrial style in mind, we believe it is best to start with the tiles. They establish not only the foundations of the room, but also set the tone and so dictate the style. Here at The London Tile Co. we have numerous tile choices available to help make your kitchen become the epitome of industrial.
A key element of an industrial design is making use of ‘rougher’, more urban materials – like bricks and cement – which usually appear more at home in a city street than in your kitchen. An industrial style adopts these unexpected materials and, instead of hiding them beneath layers of plaster, displays them proudly.
Exposed Brick Effect
Naked walls are one of the key ingredients to finding the perfect aesthetic balance in an industrial kitchen. They combine rough simplicity and practicality to make an unfinished look these kitchens are known for. At The London Tile Co. we have a tile range designed to look like exposed bricks that we think is perfectly suited to help create an industrial feel to any space. Our Battersea tile range comes in a variety of shades, all available in the classic brick size of 250x60mm. We recommend fixing with a 10mm grout joint for an authentic exposed brick wall look.
Cement Effect Tiles
Just like exposed bricks give a space that simple, unfinished appeal, so too does a cement inspired floor. Combine an urban aesthetic with gorgeous, practical tiles with our collection of cement effect porcelain tiles.
Reclaimed Wood Effect
Still in keeping with that urban feel, a wood effect floor borders that traditional aesthetic to give your kitchen the best of both worlds. Opt for a distressed or reclaimed wood effect tile for to create a cool yet lived-in look.
Metro tiles naturally conjure industrial images thanks to their use in subway or train stations, coffee shops and kitchens. Choose a white metro tile with a black or dark grey grout for a classic industrial look.
Simple Choices to Help Make Your Kitchen Industrial
Although the tiles are a key component in creating an industrial design, they are not the only factor that should be considered.
One very simple way of helping achieve an industrial feel is by using a natural colour palette. A mix of greys, neutrals and rustic colours echo back to the industrial chic’s factory beginnings. These simple colours allow for the use of furniture and other accessories to help liven up the room. Also, having the walls a neutral colour allows for open plan areas to feel bigger and more connected while giving furniture the opportunity to help create a natural flow to the room.
Using hanging overhead light fixtures adds depth and dimension to the kitchen, giving it a real intimate and industrial ambiance. Open faced shelving and storage are big hits when it comes to an industrial kitchen. Free standing metal racks can also provide extra storage and can be beneficial in smaller rooms. Exposed overhead beams, brick and concrete are notable accents to the kitchen along with darker cabinets and shelving.
To further tie into the industrial theme, we recommend a kitchen island. If this island matches either the floor or the cabinets then it can provide a clearly defined and cohesive kitchen area. These islands can be paired with barstools made of wood or metal finishes, which are both current and practical.
Now that you’ve read our hints and tips to create an industrial style kitchen you can get started on transforming your space.1
Last Updated: July 10th, 2019
We’re really excited about this new range of wall and floors tiles because they are just so much fun! Whether you want to create a classic black and white checkerboard effect floor or a totally unique feature wall, there’s a tile in the range for you. Tiles have been popular for thousands of years, particularly in the Victorian era when patterned tiles were highly sought after. The Retromix range takes inspiration from these historical influences but adds a modern twist.
One of the best things about the new Retromix range is its versatility; somehow it manages to suit both traditional and contemporary rooms perfectly. Each porcelain tile measures 150x150mm and has a slip resistant surface, making them suitable for both walls and floors in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways – or any other room in the home.
The Star design is inspired by traditional Victorian floor tiles, with a repeating pattern of grey squares surrounded by a white border and black stars. The size of the pattern makes it ideal for both large and small spaces and the neutral tones mean you can pair it with almost any colour scheme. These tiles are ideally suited to hallways in Victorian terraced houses, but are also perfect for kitchen and bathroom floors too.
When installed, the repeating pattern on these tiles creates a series of circles but the design on the tiles is actually more reminiscent of a petal shape. Choose from the large design with a white background and large black petals, or a the smaller pattern featuring a black background and white petals.
For a real eye catching look go for the Cube tile. This geometric design is made up of a series of black, white and grey rhombus shapes that creates the illusion of a three dimensional cube. Perfect for bold floors and feature walls, the Cube tile works best in larger spaces due to the busy design.
The triangle design tiles much just be our favourites within the Retromix tile because they can be used to create a surprising number of patterns. Don’t let the simple half and half design fool you, once you start piecing these together like a jigsaw puzzle you will realise there are almost endless possibilities. From stripes to squares, you can create a unique design that fits perfectly with your personality.
To complement the patterned tiles in the Retromix range there’s also a plain black and a plain white tile. These can be used to create your very own pattern, for example a checkerboard design like below, or as a border to the patterned tiles.
The full Retromix range of wall and floor tiles is available at The London Tile Co. online and in our showrooms.2
Last Updated: July 1st, 2019
Whether you’re getting ready for a well-earned break or busy with weddings, parties and barbecues, summer is usually a busy time of year for many of us so it’s easy to forget about the interiors projects you have been considering. But during the summer is actually a perfect time to get some work done. Doors and windows will likely need to be kept open, so if the temperatures are higher you won’t be shivering during its completion. If you can find a trustworthy trader and have friends/family to keep an eye you can even take the opportunity to go on holiday while the work is done – coming home to your new tiled kitchen or bathroom. To help you bring the cost of your project down we’re giving you 20% off two of our favourite tile ranges this month – read on to find out more.
There’s something immensely elegant about a neutral colour scheme, creating a calming effect in kitchens and bathrooms and allowing you to accessorise in your own style. From pops of bold colour, natural decorations or highly polished chrome adornments, a neutral theme provides endless possibilities, which is why we absolutely love the Arabia range.
The 500x200mm ceramic wall tiles are available in four shades; White, Grey, Sand & Taupe. You can add extra detail with the textured linear decor tiles in Grey or Taupe, along with matching 480x480mm porcelain floor tiles. Perfect for contemporary kitchens, the Arabia range is also perfect for creating a serene feel in bathrooms & wet rooms.
There’s a reason Victorian-inspired mosaic tiles never go out of style; the classic checkerboard design somehow manages to suit every type of property and style of decor. Whether you go for traditional black and white or mix and match the different colours available, we’re sure you can create something that fits perfectly with your style. The best thing about these tiles is that they are made of hard-wearing vitrified porcelain so they are perfect for floors throughout the home including kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and event porches and garden paths.
Each sheet of mosaic squares measures 285x285mm, with each square approximately 45x45mm. The squares are attached to a backing sheet for easy installation and this can be cut to create different size pieces or to design your own pattern. There are five colour options to choose from; plain White, Red & Black, or checkerboard Red/Black & Black/White. To complement the checkerboard designs there are also straight borders and corners featuring the same design but with a thin strip either side to create an attractive and traditional finish.
Don’t forget you can get 20% off all Featured Tiles throughout July both online and in-store.2
Last Updated: June 24th, 2019
In the UK it rains for almost half of the year, 156 days if some websites are to be believed, so the last thing anyone wants to be doing when the sun makes its rare appearance is cleaning the patio. Though both natural stone and wood can be used for your patio, they are notoriously hard to clean, collecting dirt, weeds and mould. This is why we at The London Tile Co. have decided to help make your life as easy as possible with our range of outdoor porcelain tiles.
Due to the vitrification process the porcelain material undergoes, where the tiles are fired at high temperatures, they become impermeable to water, dust, mould and moss growth. The hard-wearing nature of our porcelain tiles means they look like they have only just been laid for far longer than other wood and stone alternatives. This means that when the sun is out, you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy like having a BBQ or just relaxing catching those elusive rays.
Gone are the jet-hose and bleach days, but if you do want a patio clean enough to eat off here is how we would give our porcelain tiles that extra shine:
- Use a broom to sweep away any excess debris such as leaves, sticks, and so forth. Things like this will only get in your way when you’re trying to wash your tiles.
- Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water – it doesn’t need to be boiling hot. There is also no need for bleach, standard washing-up liquid is all you need.
- Wet a brush, sponge or even a broom if you don’t have any of these, in your soapy water and scrub at the tiles to remove any additional dirt and residue that remains after your previous sweep.
- Once you’ve washed the whole patio, leave it to dry naturally – your tiles should be gleaming again in no time!
Looking for a cleaning solution for a specific problem like rust marks or dropped leaves? Check out the LTP External Porcelain Cleaning & Protection Guide for their professional recomendations.2