Tiles have been a traditional covering for walls and floors for hundreds of years, and while many interior trends have come and gone, tiles are still one of the most popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms. The latest innovations in the tile manufacturing industry mean that tiles are more popular than ever, thanks to the designs available and the benefits they provide over other materials.
The survival of tiles in a number of ancient ruins make it clear to see that tiles are extremely hard-wearing, but they are also resistant to both water and extreme temperatures. Many tiles are also glazed or polished, giving them an easy to clean and stain resistant surface. These factors combined make them perfect for areas that are subject to the most frequent spills and splashes like kitchens and bathrooms.
Design-wise, tiles have come a long way from the intricately moulded and hand painted styles of history. Inkjet printing and glazing techniques offer a range of finishes to suit any style and budget. Whether you are looking for a retro crackle-glaze finish, or an ultra-realistic wood effect, there’s a tile for you.
One of the biggest trends of the last few years is what we are calling ’tiles in disguise’. As technology has improved, tile manufacturers have been able to create more and more realistic looking ‘effect’ tiles. From natural looking wood to vintage-style distressed brick, there’s no shortage of designs available. These tiles allow you to create the look of natural wood, stone & brick at a fraction of the cost and with little to no maintenance.
Wood effect tiles are a popular choice as they look great in any room in the home, from classic hallways to wood-clad bathrooms. Wood effect tiles have become extremely popular over the last year as the designs have become more realistic looking. Browse our range of natural and distressed style wood effect tiles online today.
Exposed brick is a trend that has come and gone many times over the years, and often it is hard to achieve unless you have an authentic brick wall in your home. Our range of brick effect tiles are extremely realistic looking, and are as slim as standard tiles. Available in a range of colours from traditional red to white-washed, the brick-style tiles can be fitted using a 10mm spacer and grout joint to recreate the brick and mortar look.
Marble is often seen as a luxury finish, particularly in bathrooms, but it can be very expensive to buy and maintain. Luckily, we have a range of marble effect tiles to help you create an opulent look at a fraction of the price. Our Absolute and Calacatta ranges both feature a subtle marbling, available in matching ceramic wall and porcelain floor tiles. The Morland tiles also have a marble effect design, and there is a matching mosaic tile to help you finish off the look.
Terracotta is a popular choice for kitchen floors, but requires regular cleaning and sealing using specialised products. We stock a range of terracotta effect porcelain tiles that are great value for money and need very little maintenance once laid. The tiles are available in two traditional earthy red-orange tones, as well as a cool and modern grey tile.
We love the look of natural stone, but the price and level of maintenance can be offputting. However, you can enjoy the look of natural stone with all the benefits of porcelain with our range of stone effect tiles. If you are looking for something traditional why not try one of our flagstone packs like Senate or Chatsworth on your floors? Or try something with a subtle pattern like our best selling Insignia or Windsor tile ranges.
Our brand new Cavern range of slate effect tiles is quickly becoming one of our favourites. Available in sand, grey, black and the more natural mix, these tiles add a touch of wow factor to walls and floors.2
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