Last Updated: April 29th, 2021
Refresh Your Porcelain Patio Paving With PorcelPave Cathedral
The summer is finally here and it’s time to get your garden ready for warmer weather, entertaining, and sun bleached good times. It’s been a long trek to get to this point, so those dirty old paving slabs need to go – and be replaced with stunning and hard wearing outdoor porcelain tiles!
Why do I need porcelain patio slabs?
Vitrified paving is second only in hardness to diamonds, having been made under extremely high temperatures. It’s a very dense and hard wearing material, making it the perfect foundation for heavy garden furniture!
Being completely non-porous makes PorcelPave porcelain paving slabs frost proof. Water can’t get in and expand when frozen – which could weaken or even crack other non-porcelain tiles.
Porcelain paving slabs are not just resistant to water – they are impervious to water. This harks back to the point about vitrified paving being non-porous!
This also makes them extremely easy to clean! Stains can’t soak in, so are easily lifted off with very little effort. You can still pressure wash them though… because pressure washing is fun!
Our PorcelPave porcelain patio tiles all come with anti-slip surfaces. Rated R9 or higher! This makes them extremely safe and slip resistant, more so than natural stone paving or wooden decking.
Our porcelain outdoor floor tiles are completely colourfast, meaning they’ll look as good in twenty years as they do today!
Another huge bonus over standard paving is the wide selection of different styles and effect available, much more than the standard beige or grey external tiles we’re all used to – and bored of seeing. Why not wow your guests with high quality stone effect tiles modelled on Italian marble, or bring natural charm to your outdoor space with wood effect decking? Remember, whatever option you choose is low maintenance with porcelain paving.
A new addition to our PorcelPave range comes in the form of our Cathedral collection. Strong and untamed by time, the PorcelPave Cathedral range takes its name from the timeless flooring found in buildings that have stood for centuries. These large format 900 x 600 porcelain paving slabs make a statement of your patio or garden area, and all feature realistic stone effects and riven surfaces.
Our show stopping PorcelPave Cathedral Dark features dramatic dark grey and navy tones with strong marbling and flecking just like real stone flooring – but with none of the maintenance that real stone requires! We love the depth of colour on Cathedral Dark, it’s almost anthracite tones certainly make a bold impression of strength and intrigue.
PorcelPave Cathedral Grey is the perfect middle ground between Dark and White, featuring mottled grey tones on a neutral muted grey background with realistic stone effects – your guests won’t believe it’s not natural stone! This porcelain paving slab is perfect for accentuating your garden furniture or complimenting your landscape design.
Do you love the look of sandstone but worry that it’s not hard wearing enough? PorcelPave Cathedral Sand has you covered! Looking like real sandstone with neutrally balanced grey and beige tones, Cathedral Sand puts you in mind of sunbleached holidays and peaceful spaces! It’s calming tones keeping you safe in the knowledge that it’s ready for whatever outdoor life can throw at it.
Finally, PorcelPave Cathedral White is a light bodied porcelain tile that brings a slice of warm Italian terrace living to your garden and outdoor space. Relax in the cool, light, and airy atmosphere created by this lighter shade of paving slab. Light tiles might seem like a strange choice for outdoors, but remember that PorcelPave slabs are stain resistant and easy to clean!
Want to see how the PorcelPave Cathedral collection will look in your garden or outdoor space? You can order a completely free cut sample to your door today! We’re so confident that you’ll love the tile, we’ll even pay the shipping!
Accessorise And Make It Your Own!
A good outdoor tile is the foundation of your patio or garden space, there to accentuate – but never overshadow – your garden furniture. With the PorcelPave range of precision engineered porcelain tiles, you don’t have to worry about heavy garden furniture damaging your tiles. That means you’re good to go wild with heavy and stylish potted planters, cast iron tables for an industrial vibe, even large features like a pergola can really help to bring out the best in your space.
Great! I’m On board With Porcelain Paving and PorcelPave Cathedral – But Why Should I Listen To You?
Here at The London Tile Company we have the benefit of over 60 years in the tile supply trade, with an emphasis on high quality porcelain paving slabs and indoor-outdoor porcelain tiles. Our fully stocked website is here to help you order samples and place orders, with a friendly customer service team on hand to answer all your queries. If you want to go and talk to someone face-to-face about your project, pop into one of our five showrooms across the South of the UK, where our expert showroom assistants are poised to help you. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you!0
Last Updated: April 15th, 2021
Metro Tile Madness!
With everyone going mad for metro tiles this year, we thought it was about time we updated our classic metro tile range! We’re proud to introduce the new Siam tile range to our collection. Metro wall tiles (or subway tiles as they are often called) can be used in so many wonderful and imaginative ways, and the smooth colours of the Siam range are sure to elevate any wall!
Make a splash with stunning Tiffany Blue, breathe in the calm with relaxing Malachite Green, go bold with Heritage Red, or let the neutral Pearl bring out your fittings and features, perfect for kitchens and bathrooms! Four stunning colours to choose from, one great metro tile range – Find it all with Siam.
So you’ve decided on a lavish colour to match your style, now what? It’s time to think about grout lines. Tile grout is visible in between your tiles and can make your tiled project go from looking great to truly show stopping!
People often think that tile grout has to be white or grey, but there’s a vast array of colour options now available from London Tile.
The ever-popular Kerakoll Fugabella grout range has fifty great colours to choose from, with matching silicone sealants too! Here’s a London Tile top tip; using different accent colours between your tile grout and your metro tiles can turn your wall into a key focal point!
For example, green and pink compliment each other perfectly and are a tile and grout match we see again and again. This popular match could include our new Malachite Green Siam tiles, which we think look beautiful with the No.40 Kerakoll Fugabella grout.
You might be fooled into thinking you’re back in the eighties, but bold retro colours and patterns are back in style again – especially when it comes to interior design. With so many stuck indoors over the last year and working from home, it’s no wonder people are looking to add some life and energy to their space. Bold metro tiles paired with stunning coloured grouts are fantastic way to keep things fresh.
If you need some help choosing a colour grout to go with your tiles, these are the top trending grout colours so far this year;
The London Tile Company is part of The Hampshire Tile Warehouse Group, giving us access to over 60 years in the tiling and tile supply industry. Our website boasts a large collection of tiles and matching products, where you can place orders or get tile samples straight to your door. We also have five retail showrooms across the South of the UK where you can browse and ask for expert advice.
Have you gone mad for brick metro tiles this year? We’d love to hear from you in the comments and continue the discussion over on our Facebook page!0
Last Updated: March 8th, 2021
Metro Tiles; From the Subway to Suburbia
Classic metro tiles are less of a trend and more of a style icon! We love them here at The London Tile Company, and it’s apparent that you do too! These small format tiles come in bright colours that breathe life into your home, whilst also being extremely affordable at the same time.
What is a Metro Tile?
Metro tiles are a popular type of tile often used in interior designs for both kitchens and bathrooms. They were popularised by their use in at London Underground stations, hence the name Metro, and are also often called Subway Tiles too. But don’t worry, you don’t need to own a train station to use them in your home!
Because of their sleek shape and design they are frequently used in both retro and contemporary designs. If you’re looking to tile a modern open plan kitchen diner, you can’t go wrong with a simple gloss tile. Similarly, Metro Tiles should always be your first port of call for vintage inspired country-style kitchens too!
What size are Metro Tiles?
Usually 200mm wide by 100mm high, metro wall tiles can also be found in 300mm by 100mm versions too! They are always rectangular and brick shaped, although sizes and finishes vary by design.
They can have rustic crackle gloss surfaces that give them a handmade vibe, or an easy clean gloss surface – perfect for kitchen splashbacks! Metro tiles also often come with bevelled edge variants, where the edges of the tiles incline slightly giving a 3D surface area to look at.
What Colour Grout to use with Metro Tiles?
Small format tiles have more grout joints, meaning you can incorporate grout colours in your interior design! And with colourful tiles there’s no reason to settle on white, cream or grey grout. It’s important to pick complementary colours between your tiles and your grout, and because not everyone is a graphic student or interior designer, we’ve included a handy colour wheel below!
This helps you work out which colour of grout can go with your bright new Metro Tiles, but why stop there? You can also get silicone to match your grout, so every part of your interior design matches and is in harmony. Us tile nerds love harmony.
How to fit Metro Tiles
Here at The London Tile Company we always recommend using a professional tiler to complete your room. But if you are going to have a go yourself Metro Tiles are a great choice to learn with! They’re made of ceramic, so you can cut them with a standard tile cutter, and their small size makes them easy to work with.
Because of their shape and style, brick metro tiles are perfect to use in standard, herringbone, or even staggered patterns! It’s amazing how quickly you can turn a tiled surface into a statement wall with a little forethought.
Because there will be more grout joins, we recommend using tile spacers to keep everything nice and even – and make sure to keep your spirit level handy for straight lines and edges. Remember about us tile nerds loving harmony!
Standard tile adhesive will keep the tiles in place, and a complimentary colour tile grout will keep things looking great. If your metro tiles have a crackle glaze finish on them, remember to use a sealer like this to keep them looking and shining their best!
What are the most popular Metro tile ranges at The London Tile Company?
Vintage Metro Tiles
- Price: £0.90 per tile, £39.96 per m²
- Colours: White, Pearl, Blue, Ivory, Olive,
- Size: 300mm x 75mm
- Edges: Standard
- Finish: Crackle Glazed
Kyoto Metro Tiles
- Price: £0.78 per tile, £33.90 per m²
- Colours: Aqua, Green, White, Lavender, Taupe
- Size: 304mm x 76mm
- Edges: Standard
- Finish: Crackle Glaze
Cactus Metro Tiles
- Price: £0.70 per tile, £34.80 per m²
- Colour: Snow, Fog, Smoke, Sage, Marine
- Size: 200mm x 100mm
- Edges: Bevelled
- Finish: Gloss
Savanna Metro Tiles
- Price: Between £0.59 and £1.20 per tile, between £29.40 and £39.96 per m²
- Colour: Dew, Grain, Steel, Leaf, Luna, Sage, Slate, Petrol, Marine
- Sizes: 200mm x 100mm and longer 300mm x 100mm size
- Edges: Standard
- Finish: Gloss
Who are The London Tile Company?
Pulling from 60 years experience in the industry, we know a thing or two about tiles – and metro tiles are one of our favourites! You can pop in to any of our retail stores across the South of the UK, or hop on over to our website where you can find out information, get samples, and make your order all from the comfort of your home.0
Last Updated: March 1st, 2021
Our Top Tips for Wall & Floor Tiles for March
With the trash fire of 2020 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look forward to 2021. Spring has sprung, and the lifting of lockdown restrictions is finally on the horizon. At London Tile HQ we’ve embraced this time with excitement and vigour, and we’re here with some new trends and special offers to help you do the same! So grab a cup of coffee and a slice of motivation to fulfil your renovation projects with our top tips for March 2021!
Ajuda Warm Patterned Tiles:
Say sayonara to the drab four walls and floors of lockdown with Ajuda Warm patterned tiles! These patterned tiles add some eastern flair and intrigue to your interior design and are sure to be focal points of any room. Taking inspiration from traditional encaustic tiles, these stunning 200mmx200mm patterned tiles include warm Red & Yellow tones. They are perfect to use as both feature wall tiles or decor tile floor tiles, and the Ajuda Warm range never fails to uplift our mood.
Patterned tiles are boomeranging back to popularity with stylish geometric shapes and art deco patterns becoming sought after once again, and the Ajuda pattern creates the classic retro look flawlessly. To add a sweetener to your Spring, there’s a whopping 25% off the entire Ajuda range until April whilst stocks last!
Colours in Ajuda Range:
Bergen Wood Effect Tiles:
Wood effect floor tiling has been a huge trend for some time now as more and more people adopt the cost-effective solution of wood effect tiles over real wooden flooring. Our Bergen collection is just one of our wide range of wood effect floor tiles, but it’s one of our favourites. Featuring all the real surface textures and colourings of real wood, it’s perfect for getting the rustic charm of a wooden floor, with none of the worrying or maintenance.
You can use Bergen in any room of the house, but we see it used most often in homely living spaces like kitchens and dining rooms. These large format porcelain tiles measure in at 750mm x 150mm to emulate wooden planks, and pair brilliantly with underfloor heating systems.
Whilst stocks last, there is also 25% off all our Bergen tiles until April too, so get in quick and grab yourself a bargain.
Colours in Bergen Range:
Need a closer look? To order tile samples or see more of our ranges, head over to London Tile today!
Last Updated: November 16th, 2020
This is a question we get asked all the time by customers wanting a solid and reliable flooring solution in their homes. We obviously have a favourite – the clue is in our name – but let’s explore this idea together and see the pros and cons to both sides.
Without further ado it’s time to answer the question…
Which flooring is better, tile or hardwood?
We’re a positive bunch here at the London Tile Company, so we’re going to talk about the positive aspects of using real wood flooring in and around your home first.
Firstly – let’s talk natural quality.
Real hardwood flooring and decking is produced naturally from real trees. Solid wood floors are world renowned for their beauty and ability to breathe a sense of natural calm into a space. But just how natural is natural wood flooring in reality?
The truth is most wood flooring these days are predominantly made from engineered timber – not solid. They’re made up of several layers of different timber with a wood veneer on top.
When choosing a real wood floor, you have a multitude of choices and varieties depending on your area and budget. Different types of trees have different colouring, graining, properties and tones. Even after all that, you can always stain the wood yourself, changing the inherent colour and effect to your own tastes! It’s is important to keep in mind that the colour of wood can change over time due to sun-bleaching or ageing.
Whilst we are talking about the ability to change the appearance of your wood floor, we should touch on refinishing. Being able to refinish a wooden floor via stripping or sanding it makes real wood flooring an attractive investment. The scratches and scuffs they accumulate over time can simply be sanded away. Real wooden flooring can be refinished multiple times as long as the work is carried out with care.
Perhaps this ability to change their appearance is why wooden floors last so long, never out of favour or out of style. In fact, because of their longevity real wood floors often outlive their owners! With this in mind, why would you realistically choose anything other than real solid wood flooring for your home?
Real wood flooring doesn’t stay put or stay in a uniform shape – part of its rustic charm, but it can also be a costly lesson for homeowners. Wood naturally expands when it comes into contact with moisture – that’s the downside of using a natural product. And because it’s not waterproof, all the steam and splashes you find in kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor areas can cause your floor to expand and contract. When the wood moves and warps away from its original position it often opens joints when it later dries.
Water spillages can also lead to the wood going black, and more serious spillages will put the floor beyond repair, making wooden floors unsuited to bathrooms and kitchens. In addition, they really don’t get along with underfloor heating. The changes in wood temperature can cause further movement, joint opening and warping.
Plus, wooden floor won’t retain heat for very long, making it an expensive prospect to run over time with your underfloor heating system. Wood is also quite a good insulator so energy will be lost in overcoming this resistance rather than radiating the heat.
Whilst it’s great to embrace a natural stance, it’s also worth thinking about where your wood is coming from. As a general rule we advise to avoid tropical hardwoods as these come from tropical rainforests. Forestry Certification schemes attempt to avoid the problems of deforestation there is growing evidence of criminality and false certificates.
Is there any other substitute for wooden floors?
Enter the wood effect porcelain tile. With wood effect floor tiling you get all of the looks and charms of real wood wall and floor coverings, with no maintenance or re-sanding and all at a competitive price.
Porcelain tiles are made from firing clay under immense heat and pressure to create a tile that is dense and solid. They then have their designs printed onto their surfaces to make them look like real wood with state of the art high definition printers. But it goes further than that, our wood look tiles have textured surfaces, meaning that they have the same graining, knots, and rustic surface textures that you would find in real wood, creating the most realistic wood effect tiles around.
Unrestrained by the woods and colourings available, your range of choice expands greatly with wood effect tiling. You can choose a design from many different types of wood, graining, tones, staining and tile surface textures. There is enough variety here to satisfy even the most discerning interior designer. We love the sun bleached and smoke wood tones for outdoors, whilst retaining rich mahogany and chocolatey colours to create a warm and rustic interior.
Valverdi Indoor-Out wood effect porcelain tiles allow you to seamlessly synchronise the interior and exterior of your home. Perfect for expanding your living space if you have sliding or bifold doors. And the best part about all this – next to no maintenance!
Whether you’re putting a range of wood effect floor porcelain tiles indoors or outdoors, porcelain wood effect tiles arrive pre finished, require no sealing, no stripping and next to no cleaning.
All our porcelain floor tiles are impervious to water, stain resistant, and even weather and frost resistant too. Not to mention they are completely colour fast and fade proof, in fact, they will look as good in 20 years as they do on the day they were laid! Moisture will not affect porcelain tiles and the adhesives used to lay them and they will not be affected by floods – although if laid on a timber floor the underlying timber may fail.
Okay – so right now it’s looking pretty close between real wood and wood effect, so do wood effect tile floors play nicely with underfloor heating systems?
You bet they do – we’ve already mentioned that they are un-phased by temperature changes, but did you know they can help to make your underfloor heating more cost effective too? Porcelain floor tiles are very dense meaning they retain heat for longer and you get more from your system. They also disperse heat more evenly from the entirety of the tile surface, so no more arctic edges or cold spots – unless your house is haunted of course…
So, which one is better then?
Real wood flooring may be initially marginally cheaper, but with the upkeep and maintenance products (not to mention time), wood effect tiles become the financially better option. And whilst they’re not real wood, this means they don’t get the inherent problems that natural wood does, like warping or movement, water damage and wear. Wood effect tiles are also completely waterproof and perfect to use both indoors and out, creating a matching flow to your home.
All these factors coupled with the added benefit of being able to use modern inventions like underfloor heating puts wood effect tiles one step ahead in our opinion.
Okay, so you’ve made some good points, but why should I listen to you? Who made you the experts!?
Over sixty years’ experience trading in porcelain and ceramic tiles have made us the experts. Here at the London Tile Company we’re part of the Hampshire Tile Warehouse Group of Companies, a select trading group and the premier tile suppliers in the UK.
We specialise in in ceramic and porcelain tiles for inside your home and out, marrying quality with value to give you the best flooring solutions around. You can browse and order tiles on our website using our easy online ordering system, or pop into one of our branches across the South of the UK!
As you may have guessed we stock a wide range or wood effect floor tiles for both indoor and outdoor uses. Browse our ranges and benefit from free delivery on all tile orders over £300!0
Last Updated: September 24th, 2019
If the home is where the hearth is, then the kitchen is our modern day hearth. The kitchen is much more than the place where you store your food, it truly is the centre of the home. It is where all the family, no matter how big or small, come together and connect. Classic country kitchens are often associated with, and invoke feelings of, warmth and welcome. They give off a rustic, homely ambience, which in recent years has seen a rise in popularity.
The ‘modern country’ style is a look that works in all property types from real country properties to modern townhouses. It is a look that is both traditional and contemporary, simply put, it is a timeless aesthetic. We at The London Tile Co. have put together our tips on how you can transform your kitchen today.
The contemporary country look is all about making use of natural materials. Think wooden beams and cabinets, exposed brick walls and natural stone flooring. Unfortunately, natural materials can not only break the bank account, but also require constant upkeep – like the sealing and resealing of natural stone tiles to prevent staining. Luckily, we at London Tile have the next best thing, realistic tiles that mimic natural materials. From brick to wood to natural stone, we have porcelain tiles that come with none of the costs of natural materials but still give your kitchen that same rustic feeling.
Brick walls: Beautiful brick feature walls will give any kitchen a country feel. At The London Tile Co. we have the realistic Battersea brick effect range. Available in traditional red, fresh white and cool grey these bricks will look great and transform any kitchen interior into a modern country aesthetic.
Wood: Wooden beams and cabinets clearly signal a country kitchen. It brings the outdoors inside with a cultivated elegance that echoes through the ages. However, wooden beams can be an expensive style choice. So, why not have wood effect floors, which give all the appearance of natural wood with the delightful ease of porcelain tiles? Our Globe range is designed to look like distressed wooden floorboards to help you create that traditional feeling.
Stone flooring: A country kitchen isn’t complete without beautiful stone flooring. Our Cavern range of porcelain wall and floor tiles have a riven slate effect, available in the multicoloured mix, striking black, and more subtle sand & grey. What tiles like this do is help summon images of pastoral settings, even if you are living in the city, making your kitchen an idyllic escape from every-day life.
The Importance of Colour
When designing a country kitchen, homeowners will often opt for white as a focus colour. Whilst this can make the room look more spacious, don’t be afraid to mix things up. Country styles often favour more muted colour palettes, think nature-inspired shades and playful pastels. However, bold pops of colour can really liven up your kitchen and give it a distinctive character that is unique to you. Why not paint your cabinets in a different colour to the rest of your kitchen space to add further depth and variation to your kitchen.
Whilst natural materials and subtle colours can often seem to dominate most country styles, patterns play a crucial role as well. A patterned tiled floor is a great and simple way of creating that modern country feeling in your kitchen. If you are thinking of a patterned tiled floor, we have many great choices to choose from like our Priory Décor Cross Design or our Retromix Range. When we say embrace patterns this doesn’t have to be an all or nothing experience. The amount and level to which you integrate patterns into your kitchen is entirely dependent on you. If you aren’t sure a patterned floor is for you, there are other ways to use patterns. Think pillows, throws, rugs, crookery, blinds, tea towels, the options to add pattern and character to your kitchen really are endless.
Keep it Traditional
To help create an authentic country look switch out your modern appliances for those with a more traditional feel. Brass Victorian taps, and rustic looking appliances like your lighting and kettle are just some of the items you can invest in for that traditional look.
Get Display Happy
Country kitchens aren’t supposed to be pristine and completely clutter-free in fact, to help create that rustic ambiance, which is vital for a modern country aesthetic, it is better to get display happy. It helps give a space that lived-in feel and can make a kitchen seem much homelier. There are a number of ways in which you can display things in your kitchen. Consider adding glass doors to your cupboards so your beautiful collection of plates, bowls, and mugs will be on display. You may also want to put up hooks where you can hang your oven gloves, tea towels and apron.
There you have it, all our tips and suggestions to help you achieve the modern country look in your home. So, get ready to transform your kitchen into the welcoming, warm hearth it is.0
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: 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 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.1