Last Updated: September 1st, 2018
After a whirlwind summer of sporting events and heatwaves, we have to admit that we are ready for the calm (and colours) of autumn. Whether it’s cosy evenings in front of the TV, woodland walks or simply watching the changes in nature all around us, we can all agree that there’s something strangely enticing about the transition period between summer and winter. Autumn is also the perfect time to start thinking about updating your home in time for winter; it’s likely you’ll be spending more time at home in the cooler months so a refresh of your interiors now is a great idea. It’s also the ideal time to add something like underfloor heating or a full wet room to your home so you can really enjoy these small luxuries when the weather changes.
Ready to start making your design dreams a reality? We can help you with 10% off this month’s Featured Tiles! Read on to find out more, or browse our full range of tiles online.
There’s something luxurious about the look of natural stone but did you know that it needs to be sealed regularly – particularly in showers or areas where it might get wet? The Aquarius range is here to save you from costly and time consuming sealing products, as it has the beautiful look of natural stone but is actually made of ceramic and porcelain. The 600x300mm wall tiles are ceramic and come in either a plain field tile or a linear faux-mosaic decor tile. For a stylish finish, why not add matching 450x450mm porcelain floor tiles – available in the same Moon or Dark grey tones as the wall tiles.
The Caress range has a simple look that is both striking and elegant. Each tile has a subtle brushstroke patterning with a slight shimmer that makes them perfect for almost any room in the home. As they are made of hard wearing porcelain, they can be used on walls and floors, and their rectified edges mean that you can install them with narrow grout joints for a modern, semi-seamless look. There are three sizes available, 600x300mm, 600x600mm & 800x800mm, in Grey, White, Slate or Black.
Don’t forget you can save 10% on the Aquarius and Caress ranges throughout September, both online and in any of our tile showrooms. Give us a call on 03333 208048 if you have any questions about the September Featured Tiles or any of our other tile ranges.0
Last Updated: August 24th, 2018
It goes without saying that all paving materials will have pros and cons, but with porcelain fast becoming the material of choice for patios we wanted to see how it compares to another popular material: natural stone. The most common types of natural stone used for paving are sandstone, granite, slate and limestone – all of which have a beautiful natural look. Most natural stone paving has a rustic finish that can look out of place when used in modern homes and gardens. Porcelain is available in an endless range of colours and styles, making it the perfect choice for almost any taste.
|Man-made material.||Natural material.|
|Available in a wide range of styles including traditional and contemporary.||Has a much more rustic look that suits traditional designs.|
|Has a slightly textured slip resistant surface.||Naturally textured but can become slippery.|
|Resistant to moss, mould and algae growth.||Prone to moss, mould and algae growth, particularly in the winter.|
|Will not fade or change colour.||Fades in the sun and can change colour over time.|
|Usually calibrated and rectified for even thickness and sizing.||Often uncalibrated with rustic, unrectified edges.|
|Frost proof so will not be damaged by harsh winter weather.||Not all natural stone is frost-resistant, which can lead to the surface ‘blowing’ due to frost damage.|
|Very low maintenance, does not require sealing.||Requires regular sealing with specialist products.|
|Easy to clean and stain resistant.||Porous materials stain easily and can be difficult to keep clean.|
|Can be installed using a range of methods including adhesive, wet bed and pedestals.||Laid onto a wet bed of sand and cement.|
Last Updated: August 1st, 2018
August has arrived and while we’d normally be mourning the fact that summer is coming to an end, this year we have found ourselves craving cooler climates. That’s not to say that we have not loved having so much sunshine, but we’re English and we do like a bit of rain. This month we have two lovely tile ranges to tell you about, so read on for more information about the August Featured Tiles.
The Allure range stands out for so many reasons; the almost cement-effect plank field tiles, stunning glitter decors and a range of colours that would please any interior designer. Each of the four contemporary colours, White, Steel, Sand and Copper, is available in a 1200x300mm porcelain tile that can be used on walls and floors. These are complemented by a range of decor tiles including shatter-effect glitter tiles, mosaics in square or herringbone and even a mini 3D tile that adds an edgy twist to the range.
You can find out more about the Allure range in this blog post.
The Exhibit range features cement effect 600x300mm tiles in three neutral shades – Beige, Taupe and Grey. Choose from plain field tiles or the subtle geometric patterned Crossline decor tiles which look fantastic when used as a splashback in a modern kitchen. Because all tiles in the Exhibit range are made from hard-wearing porcelain, they are suitable for use on both walls and floors.
As always, all tiles in the two Featured Tiles ranges will be discounted by 10% throughout August both online and in any The Tile Source or The London Tile Co.0
Last Updated: July 5th, 2018
There’s nothing we love more than seeing pictures that show how our tiles have transformed a space. From luxurious new builds to modernised kitchens, it’s amazing the difference that new tiles can make. When we saw the before and after pictures of this kitchen we couldn’t wait to share the results.
The homeowners were looking to increase counter and cupboard space in their small kitchen and tasked Manor Kitchens & Interiors with coming up with a new layout that would meet their needs. They were very hands on during the design process, helping to choose the colours and tiles that would best suit their contemporary style. Opting for a sleek grey and white theme has given them a kitchen which feels fresh and modern but will not look dated in the future.
Allure Steel tiles were chosen for the floor thanks to their dark grey colour and plank format. These tiles are a great choice for high traffic areas such as kitchen floors as they are made of hardwearing porcelain so there is less chance of scratches, chips or cracks. The walls are covered in a combination of Faro glass & metal mosaic tiles and white acrylic Lustrolite panels in keeping with the contemporary theme. The mosaics are carried on into the downstairs toilet to complete the finished look.
Have you used our tiles to transform a space in your home? Send your pictures to email@example.com to be featured on our blog and social media.0
Last Updated: July 4th, 2018
Between the glorious weather, various sporting events on the TV and the lure of BBQ’s & pub gardens, we’re pretty sure you’re not thinking about new tiles right now. But this could be the perfect time to think about giving your kitchen or bathroom a makeover. Just think – you could return from holiday to a bright new bathroom, or make the most of the sunshine and cook alfresco while your new kitchen tiles are being installed. Either way, we are excited to tell you about this month’s Featured Tiles. Last month we had two very similar ranges on offer but the same definitely could not be said for Calacatta and Priory – read on to find out why.
These tiles are designed to look like (you guessed it) Calacatta marble – a white coloured natural stone with beautiful grey veining patterned throughout the material. Marble can be very expensive to buy and install, so we think the Calacatta range is perfect for those looking to create a luxurious look in their bathroom or kitchen for less. The square 592x592mm porcelain floor tiles are available in a polished or soft-touch silk finish. The co-ordinating 700x350mm ceramic wall tiles come in either a matt or a gloss finish, depending on which look you want to go for.
- 700x350mm ceramic wall tiles in gloss or matt finish
- 592x592mm porcelain floor tiles in gloss or silk finish
- 200x100mm ceramic bevelled metro wall tile
Encaustic tiles have been popular for hundreds of years and traditionally involve using different coloured clays to create designs instead of painting the pattern on the surface of the tile. Traditional encaustic tiles are still available but ceramic or cement tiles with a printed pattern tend to be more popular as they can be mass produced and are therefore more affordable. The Priory range emulates the look of these tiles but are actually made from hardwearing porcelain, so they can be used on both walls and floors – even in high traffic areas like hallways and kitchens. Pair the plain White or Grey tiles with any of the three patterned decor tiles for a vintage look.
- 200x200mm porcelain wall & floor field tiles in White or Anthracite
- 200x200mm porcelain wall & floor decor tiles in Circle, Cross or Corner design
Last Updated: June 22nd, 2018
We’ve had a sudden influx of new tile ranges here at The London Tile Co. and we can’t wait to tell you all about them. Whether you’re refreshing your kitchen for summer or planning a bathroom makeover, we have some stunning new ranges. Don’t forget that tiles can be used in any room in your home – they are hardwearing, hygienic and easy to keep clean, making them perfect for hallways, living spaces and even outdoors.
The cement effect trend seems as though it’s here to stay so we have decided to add another range to the mix. Atrium is a 1200x600mm large format tile made of strong porcelain which means it can be used on both walls and floors. Although the cement-style finish is generally associated with modern design, we think that these tiles would equally suit traditional living spaces. The tiles have a rectified edge (this basically means it has been ground down to create very straight and even edges) allowing you to install them with a narrow grout joint for a semi-seamless look. Atrium is available in dark grey Anthracite, Cement grey or White.
‘Another concrete effect tile?’ we hear you say…but read on to find out why this one is different. Reflections has been designed to look like polished concrete so it does have a slightly glossy finish. These 800x400mm tiles are again made from porcelain so can be used on both walls and floors and have an R9 slip resistance rating so they are perfect for areas such as kitchens and dining rooms. We think these tiles would add a real wow factor as a feature wall in a living-dining area or a large bathroom. Reflections is available in two grey colours; Silver or Iron.
The Dubai range is perfect for anyone looking for a simple tile for their kitchen or bathroom. The field tiles have a stone effect finish in three neutral colours; Oyster, Putty and Smoke. These colours are available in a 850x280mm ceramic wall tile or a 450x450mm porcelain floor tile. If you like the neutral look but want to add a bit of interest there are also two decor tiles to choose from. These have a linear pattern with slight texture and are available in Grey or Beige.
Pharaoh is one of those ranges that really grows on you. The Natural 900x300mm wall and 450x450mm floor tiles have a stone-look inspired by weathered ancient Egyptian buildings. These are complemented by the two decor tiles which are very different but equally beautiful. The Hammered decor tile has a small repeating pattern that’s reminiscent of textured stone, while the Square decor tile has a patchwork pattern of 12 different designs. The Pharaoh range is perfect for rustic kitchens and bathrooms.
If none of these new ranges take your fancy then browse our full range of tiles available to order online.1
Last Updated: June 15th, 2018
The trend for indoor-outdoor living areas is one that is might seem relatively new, but we think everyone should be embracing it. Having a large indoor space that’s only used occasionally is impractical, and yet a smaller space which connects to a corresponding outdoor area gives you the option to extend when needed.
We’ve put together some helpful hints to guide you in creating a seamless connection between your indoor and outdoor living areas.
Top tips for improving your indoor to outdoor flow:
- Add a cover to an outdoor living area to create the illusion that you haven’t stepped outside at all. It also provides a great place for relaxing in the shade and alfresco dining on summer evenings.
- Use matching or corresponding flooring throughout. Valverdi Indoor-Out tiles are a great way to make sure the link between the indoor and outdoor living areas is seamless, as well as being stylish. Choose from classic, modern or wood-effect porcelain tiles to compliment the overall look.
- Create a large opening in the wall using bi-fold, pocket, accordion or sliding doors. These work particularly well with floor to ceiling glass to let extra light in when closed.
- Level the floor both inside and out so the areas do not feel separated. Valverdi tiles are easy to lay; the 10mm indoor tiles can be laid traditionally using tile adhesive, while the 20mm outdoor tiles can be used on a screed or with pedestals.
- Use the surroundings to influence the layout of the area. If you have a great view create a seating area that faces it, or use an outdoor fireplace or chiminea as the focal point.
- Co-ordinate your decor so that the two areas have a natural link. Use corresponding colours or styles to harmonise you indoor and outdoor spaces.
Last Updated: June 1st, 2018
Grey used to be associated with drab and dreary decor, but now it has a much more stylish and modern reputation. It’s a great neutral base that suits large and small spaces and goes with most other colours, so you can add and change your accessories if you want a pop of colour. If you still aren’t sure check out our previous blog post by interior designer Clare Phillips who has used grey throughout her stunning new build home. Ready to transform your kitchen, bathroom or living spaces? Read on for more information about this month’s Featured Tile ranges Panache and Malmo – both of which feature modern grey tones.
The Panache range has a modern cement-effect look that is helped by the subtle differences in colour and pattern of each tile. The wall and floor tiles are available in White, Beige, Grey and Mocha, with a co-ordinating faux mosaic decor tile for each colour. The faux mosaic has imitation grout lines that separate the 700x250mm tile into 9 oblongs – giving you the look of a mosaic feature but with less installation time and cost.
- 700x250mm ceramic field wall tiles in White, Grey, Beige & Mocha
- 700x250mm ceramic faux-mosaic decor wall tiles in White, Grey, Beige & Mocha
- 600x600mm porcelain floor tiles in White, Grey, Beige & Mocha
We are finding it hard to stop talking about the Malmo range, it’s definitely become a fast favourite here at London Tile HQ. It’s another tile designed to look like concrete, but with a lot more pattern than the Panache range. Malmo has a really contemporary feel and because the tiles are made from hard-wearing porcelain they are suitable for walls and floors. Choose from light or dark grey field tiles and add a touch of fun with the chevron patterned Geometric Decor tile which can be used as a full feature wall or as an eye catching feature strip.
- 800x400mm porcelain wall & floor tiles in Dark or Light grey
- 800x400mm porcelain wall & floor Geometric Decor tiles
- 600x600mm porcelain wall & floor tiles in Dark or Light grey
Like what you see? Malmo and Panache will have a 10% discount throughout June both online and in any London Tile or The Tile Source branch. Get in touch if you have any questions.1
Last Updated: May 16th, 2018
Clare Phillips is an independent consultant on interior design and house building who has recently completed her own self-build project in Surrey. Having spent a significant amount of time choosing and styling tiles for her own contemporary five-bedroom home, we thought she would be the perfect person to give us some tips on choosing tiles.
Clare has used a mix of large format grey and wood effect tiles in her home to create a modern feel with a touch of Scandinavian style. She is a big fan of the colour consistency of wood effect tiles and says “wood changes colour over the years, as it is a living and breathing material. You have to like what that colour will become in 3+ years exposure to UV. For instance, pale oak becomes very yellow over time unless treated with a wash or stain to keep it looking pale. Tiles are consistent. They stay the colour you’ve chosen.” Not only will they keep their colour, but they are extremely hard-wearing so there’s no danger of scuffs or scratches from heels or furniture.
Another appealing factor is the range of tiles available. “There’s an amazing choice out there. Wood effect, concrete, encaustic, brick, oxidised metal etc. The choice is unlimited” says Clare. She also loves using textured tiles as they can “lift neutral, calm colour schemes”. Added to this is the fact that tiles are a great choice for allergy sufferers as they are easy to keep clean and dust free.
Tips For Choosing Tiles
- Allow time to choose. You don’t want to be forced into making a hasty decision. You will live with your choice of tiles for years, as they’re a long-term investment so take time to get it right.
- Create a mood board. This does not have to be anything fancy, just a few pictures torn out of magazines or an online board like Pinterest.
- Allow space in your budget to purchase samples. When choosing tiles for my new home I sourced many samples. Samples of floor tiles were laid down and wall tiles positioned vertically. I walked around them in all lights: daylight, artificial light, sunlight, and on a dull day. As I revisited the samples I was able to discount the ones that didn’t work for me, removing them until I was left with my final decision. I promise you, it’s worth the effort.
- Build a relationship with your favoured supplier. Talk to them so they understand the look you’re after. Take magazine cuttings with you or show them photos on your phone of the look you like. If you aren’t sure discuss it with them. A good supplier will know their tiles and will know what’s available out in the marketplace. They can source samples that are not regular stock items to help you find the right tile.
- If you’re dealing with large quantities discounts may be negotiated. I’ve tiled all floors and several walls in my new house so I was able to use the quantities required to gain a discount I was happy with.
- If you’re having underfloor heating (UFH) then tiles are a great choice as they are a fabulous conductor of heat. I love walking barefoot on warm tiles in the cooler temperatures and they’ll be wonderfully cool to walk on when the summer finally gets here.
- Tiles should meet recognised ISO standards to ensure they have the correct qualities for their use, this includes testing for thermal shock. Important when choosing a tile to be used externally, your supplier can advise you.
- Consider what the body of the tile is made of. I’ve used porcelain, as it is a high-fired ceramic that makes for a tough tile to withstand changes of temperature and hard wear.
- Slip resistance – if you are using tiles in bathrooms, wet rooms or externally around a pool area, then you must get to know ‘R’ ratings. Suitable tiles will be given an ‘R’ rating ranging from R9 to R13.
- Some tile materials may require specialist sealing or cleaning products. Talk to your supplier to see if this is necessary. It will depend on the body type of your tile and its intended use.
- Match your grout carefully as there is now a wide colour selection available. It can ruin the entire look if you don’t. For example, when choosing a wood effect tile I prefer to match the grout so it blends as one making the tiles look longer and more like a plank of wood. If you wanted the ‘on trend’ industrial look on walls you would probably choose a brick-sized tile and pick out the grout in a darker colour.
- Consider using skirting tiles to give continuity. There’s a great choice available now but if no skirting tile is available, your tiler can cut down larger tiles to fit. I’ve used skirting tiles throughout my new home providing a wonderful streamlined look and no re-painting/staining of wooden skirting will be needed in the future.
- Think about this size of your tiles as a larger tile used in a small room makes it look bigger. Fewer grout lines gives a more streamlined look.
We hope you have found this advice helpful, to see more of Clare’s work scroll through the images at the top of this post or you can follow her on Instagram.1