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November Featured Tiles: Andalusia & Earth


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After a month of sunshine and surprisingly warm weather, November has started with a heavy rainstorm here at London Tile HQ. Still, we’re looking forward to cosy evenings and comfort food in the run up to the festive season – and we have some fantastic news about our monthly Featured Tiles. Thanks to the success of the scheme over the last year we have decided to raise the discount from 10% to 20% so you can save even more on tiles to transform your home.

Andalusia

The Andalusia range has a rustic look similar to weathered natural stone that’s inspired by the beautiful tiles often seen in sun-soaked haciendas. The 300x300mm or 600x300mm wall and floor tiles are made of hard-wearing porcelain and are available in three colour options; White, Mineral and Natural. There’s also a gorgeous patchwork patterned decor tile which features a random assortment of semi-repeating patterns; there are four designs on each 300x300mm tile creating the illusion of smaller 150x150mm tiles. The decor tile is also made of porcelain so it could be used to create a feature wall or an eye-catching floor.

Earth

Earth has a subtle, almost mottled, stone-effect finish that is perfectly complemented by the striped Hammer decor tiles. These decor tiles have a contrasting stripe design that’s slightly raised for a simple textured look in kitchens or bathrooms. Choose from Grey or Moon colours in 600x600mm porcelain floor tiles and matching 900x300mm ceramic wall tiles.

Our November Featured Tiles are available online and in all London Tile and The Tile Source showrooms while stocks last.

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White Tiles at The London Tile Co.


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In any area that involves creativity you will always find classics; a little black dress, an armchair, even a ball point pen. Often overlooked as boring or too simple, we believe that the white tile is a classic that deserves more recognition. There are so many little touches that can set a white tile apart from the others and so many ways to style them to make stand out. At The London Tile Co. we have a great range of white tiles in all shapes, sizes and styles – read on to find out more.

Metro Tiles

If you’re talking classic you can’t start with anything but a metro tile. This is a style that works in every room, even underground train stations, and can be laid in a range of patterns. From traditional or country styles to art decor or industrial, there’s a metro tile to suit every style. Traditionally they tend to be 200x100mm with a bevelled finish, however the term is often used to describe any small format rectangular wall tile. We have simple white bevelled tiles, crackle glaze finishes and 300x75mm vintage style tiles.

Special Effects

Even wood effect tiles are not safe from this trend, with white and light grey fast becoming our most popular options. They complement contemporary designs and open plan living spaces and contrast beautifully with solid black or dark wood furniture. Stone effect tiles are also available in a range of light hues, including the absolutely stunning Calacatta marble effect wall and tiles or Destiny stone effect tiles. We’ve even got realistic white brick effect tiles for those who want to create a subtle exposed brick look.

Tactile Texture

Texture is a fabulous way to add depth and interest to a simple white room and over the last year it has been a big trend in the tile world. The Napoli range features a decor tile with a linear textured surface as does the Capri textured decor tile in the Eclipse range – these can be used to create a feature wall or with other tiles as a feature strip. We fell in love with the Statement range as soon as we first saw it and this is one range that is all about texture – the three white tiles each replicate a different textured material; concrete, fabric and wood.

Outdoor Tiles

While white tiles outside might seem like a no-no due to muddy footprints and other outdoor factors, porcelain paving has made light coloured outdoor tiles a much better option. These tiles will not deter the dirt, but as they are non-porous they are much more resistant to staining and moss/mould growth. They are also really easy to keep clean with either a broom or a power washer so you can keep your patio looking amazing. Shown below are Valverdi City White and PorcelPave Athena Silver.

Grout & Patterns

Grout can make a huge difference to the finished look of your tiles, particularly with white tiles, so it’s an important consideration when planning your project. If you want a subtle or seamless look go for a matching white grout that will blend in with the tiles and conceal the lines. Drawing attention to the joints is also an option, especially if you have gone for an interesting layout like brick bond or herringbone – for this finish choose a bold grout in a contrasting shade. If you are using white tiles on floors or outdoors we would recommend using a grey grout as it is less likely to show any stains or discolouration.

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October Featured Tiles: Concrete Effect Reflections & Malmo


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Whether you’re into cosy afternoons in front of the fire (or Netflix!), long autumnal walks or something a bit more spooky, October is here to satisfy your cravings. Personally we love any excuse to decorate and are currently taking inspiration from this crafty combination of fall and Halloween decor. If you are planning a little more of a makeover than a few painted pumpkins then read on to find out all about this month’s Featured Tiles and how you can use them to transform your home.

Reflections

Polished concrete has been a favourite in trendy galleries and architectural buildings for years, but is a costly and time consuming option when it comes to floors at home. Luckily, we have a great alternative that can be used on walls and floors to achieve that ultra urban look. Reflections porcelain tiles are 800x400mm which allows you to create a semi-seamless look by installing them with narrow grout joints. The distressed pattern combined with the slight sheen gives these tiles a convincing concrete look, while the porcelain material makes them strong and hard-wearing. These would be perfect used in a striking entranceway or on walls and floors in a modern wet room. Choose from Iron or Silver grey colours with 10% off this month.

Malmo

Malmo is fast becoming a best-seller for us and it’s really no surprise why. The cement effect porcelain field tiles are available in two shades of grey, Dark and Light, and in two sizes, 800x400mm or 600x600mm. As if these stunning urban wall and floors tiles were not enough, there’s also a fabulous geometric patterned decor tile that replicates the look of narrow tiles laid in a herringbone or chevron-style pattern. These tiles would suit a modern bathroom or kitchen, but could work equally well in a tiled living area.

As always our Featured Tiles are available in all HTW showrooms and online with 10% off until the end of the month.

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September Featured Tiles: Aquarius & Caress


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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.

Aquarius

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.

Caress

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.

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Porcelain Paving Vs. Natural Stone


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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.

PORCELAIN NATURAL STONE
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.

Want to know more about porcelain paving? Check out the full range of colours, styles and sizes available at The London Tile Co. here or visit one of our showrooms.

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  • August Featured Tiles

August Featured Tiles: Allure & Exhibit


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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.

Allure

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.

Exhibit

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.

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Kitchen Transformation: Modern Grey & White Kitchen


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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 social@londontile.co.uk to be featured on our blog and social media.

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  • July Featured Tiles

July Featured Tiles: Priory Patterned & Calacatta Marble Effect


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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.

Calacatta

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

Priory

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

You can save 10% on Calacatta and Priory throughout July online or in any of our showrooms.

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New Tile Ranges at The London Tile Co.


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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.

Atrium

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.

Reflections

‘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.

Dubai

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

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.

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How To Create Indoor-Outdoor Flow


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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.
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