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  1. Tiling for a Good Cause

    Tiling for a Good Cause

    At Tile Trader we feel it’s important for businesses to give something back to the community, so this autumn we’ve decided to give away up to £500 worth of tiles and accessories to help support one lucky community project. With minimum budget and often reliant on donations, many community spaces and facilities are all too often left untouched or neglected. We want to help inject life into a deserving community project or initiative using tiles – a material often used to revamp smaller spaces.

    Whether it’s the kitchen at your local drop in centre that needs a refresh or tired sports club toilets desperate for a makeover, enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning tiles and accessories to help make your community project dreams become reality. The tiles don’t have to be used for traditional purposes either – for example you could use them to create a feature such as a mural for a sensory garden. With our wide range of wall tiles, floor tiles and mosaics the possibilities are endless. 

    Anyone can nominate a deserving project or facility by visiting https://www.tiletrader.co.uk/tiling-for-a-good-cause. To nominate your space, just submit a short written entry describing how you would like the nominated space to be transformed with new tiles and your ideas to improve the space. Please also include a photograph or video to show us the existing space to update. 

    The prize will include brand new tiles and accompanying tiling materials worth up to £500. For full terms and conditions please click here.

    Nominations are open now and will close at 12 noon on Wednesday 15th November 2017. The entries will then be opened up for an online public vote between 12 noon Wednesday 15th November 2017 and 12 noon Wednesday 29th November 2017.

    Entries will be judged on the creativity of the written entry coupled with the online vote. The number of votes will be taken into consideration but will not be the deciding factor 

    A panel of expert judges – Karen Stylianides, editor for Grand Designs magazine, Michela Colling, style editor for Ideal Home magazine, and Cassie Fairy, home and interiors blogger and winner of the Tile Trader “Best Homes & Interiors blogger award” – will decide the overall winner which will be announced in November. 

    Stay up to date with the latest competition news by following Tile Trader on Twitter https://twitter.com/tile_trader and engage using the hashtag #TTgoodcause. 

    Good luck!

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  2. Get a fresh new look for less

    Now is the perfect time to refresh your home, whether it’s a quick lick of paint and a new tiled splashback or a full kitchen or bathroom renovation project. And with 30% off a selection of our favourite tiles, you can create a fresh new look without blowing your budget.

    For example, in our summer sale you could update your bathroom with a contemporary urban look using the Concrete range, which combines a 45x45cm porcelain floor tile with matching flat and structured 20x50cm wall tiles for a look that’s trend-led yet neutral enough to stand the test of time. With sale prices from just £1.02 per tile you could save over £100 on an average sized bathroom!

    From kitchen splashbacks to bathrooms and en suites, natural marble mosaics are great for adding a luxurious finishing touch. Create a beautiful premium look without the premium price tag with our selection of real marble mosaics from just £4.54 for a 30x30cm sheet. Featuring lots of natural shade and pattern variations for a unique look, they’re ideal for feature walls and splashbacks. Or if your budget can’t quite stretch to a full wall, why not cut a few sheets down to create borders between simple ceramic wall tiles such as our Hangar Pearl range, which is just £1.02 per tile in the summer sale. It’s a simple and cost-effective way to give your home a makeover.

    Glossy brick shaped tiles with a rustic, handmade appearance are very much on trend at the moment and are being used everywhere from classic kitchen splashbacks and bathroom walls to striking feature walls in dining rooms, cloakrooms and entrance halls. Get the look at a fraction of the price with our Country range, which now has 30% off. Available in a choice of 25x5cm or 50x5cm formats and a range of muted colours, it’s a great way to add style without breaking the bank, as prices start from as little as 25 pence per tile.

    The 30% discount is available for a limited time only, so don’t put off your project any longer. With the money you save on tiles you’ll be able to splash out a bit more on the finishing touches (or if you’re anything like me, you’ll put it towards a holiday!).

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  3. Tile Trader Article – Keep it simple (but not boring!) with white tiles

    Over recent years we’ve seen interior trends and tile designs becoming increasingly adventurous, with more and more customers choosing to make their home decor personal to them rather than a neutral blank canvas. But that doesn’t mean that the humble white tile has had its day.

    Classic white ceramic tiles are still the go-to choice for many people’s bathroom walls because they offer a clean, low maintenance finish that can easily be changed or updated by adding new bathroom accessories. A feature panel or border of mosaics can be used to add interest and stop an all white room looking too clinical.

    White ceramic wall tiles with a bevelled edge, such as our Metro or Frame ranges, are popular because they’re clean and neutral but the structured shape creates a pleasing added dimension. They can look especially effective when fixed in different layouts such as herringbone or paired with a contrasting grout colour.

    White tiles now come in many different shapes, sizes, textures and materials, making them anything but boring. For example our Starlight White Quartz tiles are made from natural quartz which is set with tiny pieces of mirrored glass that really glisten in the light, adding a luxurious feel to floors or walls in any room. If you like the sleekness of white quartz tiles but not the sparkle, then Super White polished porcelain tiles could be for you. Create a minimal look with these plain white wall and floor tiles that are incredibly hard wearing. Polished porcelain needs to be sealed before fixing but don’t worry, our handy calculator will work out exactly what sealer you should order for your chosen tiles. 

    For an on-trend look, why not use a white marble mosaic that combines different textures of stone, such as our hexagon or linear mosaics. The geometric shapes combined with a mixture of rough and smooth textures is very contemporary, yet the white colour palette keeps it subtle and timeless.

    With all things industrial being so fashionable at the moment, you might have seen lots of brick tiles (and wallpapers) around. A white reclaimed brick effect tile used on walls offers a nod to the trend without being too daring, and can give more of a Scandi look when paired with wood effect floor tiles. This look is great for kitchens but can also be extended into other spaces such as dining rooms or hallways. The same can be said of our Country range of rustic gloss wall tiles with a handmade appearance, which are available in white as well as subtle pastel shades. Their elongated 5x25cm ad 5x50cm formats make them ideal for creating kitchen splashbacks or feature walls with a vintage edge throughout the home.

    So as you can see, whilst bold geometrics, distressed woods and playful patterns are having their moment in the tile trend spotlight, the simple white tile should not be overlooked when planning your new design scheme. Why not order some samples today and see for yourself how creative you can be with white.

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  4. 5 Reasons Why you should choose Metro Tiles?

    This week I’m dedicating my blog post to one of our most popular and versatile ranges – Metro. Inspired by the traditional ceramic wall tiles used in underground stations in London, New York and Paris, Metro tiles are also sometimes referred to as subway tiles. These 10x20cm ceramic wall tiles have a bevelled edge which gives them a three dimensional structure, and they’re available in a wide range of colours to suit every room in the home.

     

    Why choose Metro tiles

     

    Here are the top five reasons why we just can’t get enough of Metro tiles…

     

    1. They offer a practical wall covering that’s simple to install and low maintenance
    2. You can create a stylish, on-trend look without blowing the budget as they’re very cost-effective
    3. Metro tiles are suitable for walls in any room in the home – not just kitchens or bathrooms
    4. They’re available in a whole host of colours that can be used individually or mixed together to create your own unique look
    5. They’re incredibly versatile and can be styled in a variety of ways, from industrial to retro and everything in between

     

    Colours and finishes

     

    Metro tiles are available in a wide range of colours; from classic white, black and cream to bolder shades such as red, plum or teal, or the muted tones of sage, almond and grey. A modern twist on the classic subway tile sees the bevelled structure paired with a natural stone effect design, such as that of our on-trend Metro Calacatta. Stone effect bevelled tiles look stunning on bathroom or kitchen walls, and are much more practical and lower cost than real natural stone bevelled tiles.

     

    A gloss finish is the most popular choice for Metro tiles as the shiny surface helps to accentuate the 3D structure and creates shadows that add depth.

     

    Where to use Metro tiles

     

    Metro tiles are suitable for walls only, but when it comes to which room you can use them in there are no restrictions. They’re typically used for kitchen splashbacks as the small format makes them simple to install in the gap between worktops and wall units.

     

    Their low maintenance, easy clean finish makes them ideal for any areas that are likely to get wet or splashed, so bathrooms, en suites, cloakrooms and wet rooms are also ideal locations for walls tiled in Metro. The use of tiles isn’t limited to kitchens and bathrooms either – a feature wall of Metro would make a great addition to a dining room or hallway.

     

    How to use Metro tiles

     

    Metro tiles are incredibly versatile and can be used to create a variety of different looks depending on your own personal taste. For example a white or grey Metro tile fixed in a herringbone pattern with a dark grey grout can give a very contemporary look, especially when paired with a concrete effect tile, patterned tiles such as La Fayette, or distressed wood effects such as Kunny on the floor. The same white Metro tile fixed in a brick bond layout with white grout would give a much more timeless, neutral finish. For a look that’s more suited to a country kitchen, sage Metro tiles fixed brick bond with off white grout are the ideal finishing touch for painted Shaker units and a wooden worktop. A classic stone effect floor tile such as Palladium Bianco would complete this look.

     

    The most common way to fit Metro wall tiles is landscape in a brick bond pattern, where the vertical grout joints of one row line up with the middle of the tiles on the row above. However this isn’t the only way to use them – herringbone patterns where the tiles are fixed at a 90 degree angle to each other to create a chevron pattern are very popular at the moment. You can also fix them portrait rather than landscape, or even in diagonal lines. Sites like Pinterest offers loads of ideas for creating different layouts with subway tiles.

     

    Using a contrasting grout colour is another big trend at the moment. For example very dark grout with light tiles or brightly coloured grout with grey or black tiles will create a striking feature in any room.

     

    Alternatives

     

    If you like the small format and practicality of ceramic wall tiles such as Metro but you’re not sure about the bevelled edge, there are alternative styles that you may prefer. For example Metro white, grey, black and cream are also available in a flat gloss finish without the bevelled structure. These are just as versatile as the original 3D tiles and can be styled in all the same ways, but they offer a smoother, sleeker finish.

     

    For a more rustic style, you may want to try our Country range. These ceramic wall tiles offer a high gloss finish with a bumpy surface and rustic edges that give a handmade appearance. They’re available in a choice of neutral and muted colours and three sizes – 7.5x15cm, 5x25cm and 5x50cm.

     

    Having trouble deciding between all the different options? Why not order a few samples so you can see the different finishes and colours for yourself.

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  5. And the winner is.....

    We’re big fans of interiors blogs at Tile Trader, so in February we launched our search to find the nation’s best homes and interiors blogger. We asked you to vote for your favourite from a shortlist of bloggers and you didn’t disappoint – there were hundreds of votes cast before the deadline on 6th March.

    In second place with 78 votes was Charlotte O’Shea’s popular Rock my Style blog (http://rockmystyle.co.uk), but with a whopping 122 votes the winner was Cassie Fairy, whose My Thrifty Life blog (www.cassiefairy.com) offers readers ideas and inspiration on everything from DIY projects to money saving tips. 

    As well as winning a commemorative glass plaque, which now takes pride of place on her mantelpiece, Cassie also won a £200 donation to a homelessness charity in her local area of Suffolk. Cassie chose to boost the funds of The Bus Shelter – a brand new support service that is renovating a double decker bus to turn it into a safe space for rough sleepers to stay. As the charity’s motto says, ‘sleep is just the beginning’, and the bus will also offer advice, cooking and washing facilities and ongoing support. We’re delighted that as well as highlighting all the brilliant homes and interiors bloggers the UK has to offer, the Tile Trader Best Interiors Blog Awards has also been able to help such an interesting and inspirational charity project.

    Thank you to everyone who voted in the awards or joined the conversation on twitter (#TTBestInteriorsBlog). We hope you’ll continue to be inspired by homes and interiors blogs, including of course our own blog which will be updated again soon with lots more inspiration and advice about kitchen and bathroom tiles, wall tiles, floor tiles and mosaics.

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  6. The search is on for the UK’s best interiors blog

     The search is on for the UK’s best interiors blog

     The search is on for the UK’s best interiors blog

    At Tile Trader we’re a big fan of reading homes and interiors blogs to get an insight into the latest trends, and it’s inspiring to see the wide range of practical and design skills shown by our favourite bloggers. As they play such an important role within the industry we wanted to celebrate their talent, which is why we’ve launched the search to find the nation’s top interiors influencer with our ‘Best Homes and Interiors Blogger Award’.

    We’ve compiled a shortlist of bloggers based on a range of criteria, including the blog’s style, personality and quality of content, from interiors trends to tips for the home. The shortlist is as follows:

    1.         Abigail Ahern,  London – http://blog.abigailahern.com 

    2.         Arianna Trapani, Essex – http://www.ariannasdaily.com

    3.         Cassie Fairy, Suffolk – http://www.cassiefairy.com

    4.         Carole King, Essex – http://www.deardesigner.co.uk

    5.         Arianna Trapani and Carole King, Essex  -http://www.hearthomemag.co.uk/blog

    6.         Helen Powell, Leamington Spa – http://www.designhunter.co.uk

    7.         Kate Watson-Smyth, London – http://www.madaboutthehouse.com

    8.         Jen Stanbrook, Nottingham – http://www.lovechicliving.co.uk

    9.         Caroline Rowland, London – http://www.patchworkharmony.co.uk/blog

    10.       Sarah Akwisombe, London – http://www.sarahakwisombe.com/blog

    11.       Kimberley Duran, Manchester – http://www.swoonworthy.co.uk 

    12.       Antonia Ludden, Manchester – http://www.tidyawaytoday.co.uk  

    13.       Susan Earlam, Manchester – http://www.oldfashionedsusie.com

    14.       Pippa Jameson, Hertfordshire - http://pippajamesoninteriors.co.uk

    15.       Alina Isaev, Essex - http://fairytaleprettypicture.co.uk

    16.       Suzanne Deller, Lancashire - http://andrubymakesfour.com

    17.       Karen Clough, Manchester - http://welliguessthisisgrowingup.co.uk

    18.       Charlotte O’Shea, Birmingham - http://rockmystyle.co.uk

    19.       Kate Baxter, London - http://fabricofmylife.co.uk

    20.       Rachel Newcombe, Southampton - http://freshdesignblog.com

    We’re now calling on you to vote for your favourite blogger by clicking here. Voting closes at midday on Monday 6th March and the blogger with the most votes will win the accolade of ‘Best Homes & Interiors Blogger 2017’ as well as £200 for a homelessness charity in their local area and a commemorative plaque.

    If you’re looking for ideas for your home then you’re bound to find plenty of advice and inspiration in the blogs above, whether you’re giving your kitchen a quick makeover with new tiles and lick of paint or carrying out a full bathroom renovation. If you’ve got a favourite blogger then don’t forget to vote! You can follow the campaign on Twitter - #TTBestInteriorsBlog – or check back here in March to find out who was the lucky winner.

     

     

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  7. Fresh new looks for the New Year

    Fresh new looks for the New Year

    Many people like to have a fresh start and make changes in January – getting fit, eating more healthily, planning to visit new countries. The New Year is also the perfect time to give your home a makeover, and even if you haven’t got the budget for a completely new kitchen or bathroom it’s amazing what a difference a change of tiles can make. Here we take a look at some of the biggest design trends for 2017 to provide some inspiration for the year ahead.

    Natural beauty

    Calming shades of green, white and cream are the perfect choice for creating a fresh new look that brings elements of nature into your home – why not try our Country tiles in Sage or Cream. Combining ceramic or porcelain tiles in soft shades with wood effect tiles can create a serene space in any room, whilst adding natural elements such as mosaics made from real stone or mother of pearl to your bathroom will really help to give it a tranquil, spa-like feel. Finish the look with plenty of plants in simple ceramic pots and accessories that feature natural motifs such as leaf prints.

    Industrial heritage

    Industrial was a key trend for 2016 that looks set to develop even further this year. In contrast to the natural trend, industrial has a more manmade aesthetic, featuring combinations of concrete, bare plaster, distressed paint effects and reclaimed wood. The aged and distressed feel softens the look and stops it being too harsh for use in the home. Why not recreate the look with our Kunny vintage wood effect tiles and Concrete grey floor tiles. Vintage style tiles such as Metro also feature in this trend, and they look especially effective when teamed with a contrasting grout colour.

    Tactile textures

    If you want to give your bathroom a clean, contemporary look but without it looking too plain then adding some structured décor tiles to your walls is the ideal solution. Designed to co-ordinate with matching flat tiles, our structured tiles can be used to create feature walls or borders that add some on-trend texture to your walls. They’re available in a range of subtle shades and patterns in contemporary elongated formats, such as our Icon 30x90cm geometric structure decors or Sutton 33x100cm linear decors. Natural stone split face tiles are another option for adding textural interest to your walls, and they’re great for creating a style statement on chimney breasts or in dining rooms or hallways, as well as the more traditional areas.

    Honeycomb

    The trend for hexagons used in interior design continues to go from strength to strength. You can get the look with our range of hexagon mosaics made from natural marble. For a subtle finish try our polished marble hexagon mosaics or tick several design trend boxes at once with our white marble hexagon mosaic, which features mixed textures and finishes for added interest. All our hexagon mosaics can be used on floors as well as walls, so they’re perfect for everything from wet room floors to kitchen splashbacks.

    For more design ideas and inspiration why not follow us on Pinterest, or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you plan your new look.

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  8. Make your kitchen the heart of the home

    Make your kitchen the heart of the home

    We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, whether it’s cooking, eating, entertaining friends or spending time with family, so it’s no wonder it’s often referred to as the heart of the home. Make your kitchen somewhere that you enjoy spending time by choosing wall and floor tiles that complement your own personal style – it’s amazing what a difference they can make to the overall look of your room.

    One of the most popular looks for kitchen wall tiles is the classic Metro tile. It’s incredibly versatile and can be styled in lots of different ways to suit either traditional or contemporary kitchens. The brick shaped tile with bevelled edges looks great in a timeless brick bond format, but can also be used to create more eye-catching patterns such as herringbone. Using a contrasting grout colour (such as dark grey grout with white tiles) can also help to elevate the humble Metro tile to new heights, and with our wide choice of Metro colours you can even mix and match to create your own unique design.

    Another kitchen wall tile trend is for rustic gloss tiles that have a handmade appearance, such as our Country range. Available in a choice of muted colours they’re the perfect finishing touch for rustic country kitchens or painted Shaker styles. For a contemporary twist they can also be used with sleek modern kitchens to create an on-trend contrast between old and new. For a timeless look opt for the classic 7.5x15cm brick format, or for a more modern take on the style why not try the elongated 5x25cm or 5x50cm sizes.

    Wood effect tiles are very popular for kitchens and they can be used on both the floor and walls to create a homely, Scandinavian feel that looks great with simple white or grey kitchen units. If you’re a fan of the industrial trend, distressed wood effect tiles such as our Kunny range will help you create the look in your kitchen.

    When deciding what floor tiles to use in your kitchen think about how the room will be used. For example if it’s a busy family kitchen hard wearing glazed porcelain or ceramic in a matte finish will be the most practical option, but if the wow factor is more important than practicalities a gloss polished porcelain would be a good choice. If your kitchen is open plan and leads into a dining or living area then why not extend the tilling all the way through – wood effect tiles are particular popular for this.

    If you’re not sure which kitchen wall tiles and floor tiles to use together why not order some samples so you can play with different options in the comfort of your own home. And if you need any help or advice please don’t hesitate to contact us at Tile Trader.

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  9. Bag a bargain this Black Friday

    Bag a bargain this Black Friday

    Over the last few years Black Friday has become as much a part of the pre-Christmas build-up as searching for the perfect party dress or dusting off the tinsel. Traditionally the last Friday of November, Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year and when many retailers offer flash sales, making it the perfect time to grab a bargain. And who says it’s all about buying presents for your loved ones? If you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen for the festive season or give your bathroom a fresh new look for the new year, then why not take advantage of the Black Friday discounts offered by Tile Trader?

    We’ve hand picked over 65 of our favourite wall tiles, floor tiles, stone mosaics and glass mosaics and from Friday 25th November until 9am on Monday 28th November we’re offering a fantastic discount of 30% off these selected lines. Unlike some retailers we’re not just using this as an excuse to clear old stock - we’ve made sure our selection of tiles and mosaics at 30% off offers something to suit every taste and project, whether you’re decorating your bathroom, kitchen, hallway or conservatory. 

    For example, bring some hygge into your home with our Drake wood effect floor and wall tiles, which can be used to create a cosy Scandinavian feel that’s perfect for Christmas and beyond. Another key interiors trend for 2017 is white marble, and now you can snap up the look for less with 30% off our Calcutta marble effect porcelain tiles. They’re available in either a matt or gloss finish (why not mix both?) in a contemporary 20x114cm plank format that’s suitable for floors or walls in any room. Our Country range of handmade effect gloss ceramic wall tiles is always good value, but with an extra 30% off during Black Friday now is the ideal time to invest in this on-trend style in a dainty 5x25cm size that’s perfect for fixing in a herringbone pattern on bathroom walls or kitchen splashbacks. Proving that sparkle isn’t just for Christmas, our Everest Ice Glass Mosaic in black and silver with delicate jewelled pieces is ideal for creating kitchen splashbacks or bathroom borders with real wow factor that you can appreciate at any time of the year. 

    Even if you’re not planning to start your tiling project until the new year, take advantage of these fantastic discounts now and treat yourself to an early Christmas present (wrapping the tiles to put under your tree is optional), and with the money you save you can really enjoy the festive season. Don’t forget to visit the site on Friday 25th November, as at these prices we can’t guarantee that the stock will be around for long!

     

     

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  10. Perfect Patterns

    Perfect Patterns

    When it comes to interior design, tiles are really having their moment in the spotlight. Visit any new bar, restaurant, shopping centre or hotel and the chances are you’ll see tiles being used to create striking trend-led looks, from industrial to vintage chic.

    One of the biggest trends is for tiles that replicate the look of traditional encaustic patterned tiles. Featuring a patchwork of designs in either a monochrome colour palette or warm muted colours, these tiles capture the essence of sunnier climes and bring any space to life. And thanks to the launch of our new La Fayette range you can now recreate this on-trend look in your own home.

    The large 60x60cm matte floor tiles are made from glazed porcelain, which makes them very durable and suitable for use throughout the home. Porcelain feature floors are particularly popular for hallways, where you can make a great first impression on your visitors whilst benefiting from the hard wearing, low maintenance properties of porcelain floor tiles that are suitable for high traffic areas. For a real wow factor you could also use these patterned tiles on walls, perhaps to create a feature wall in your dining room or a striking kitchen splashback 

    Each La Fayette tile comprises a patchwork of 16 smaller patterns with a hand painted quality, and the range is available in a choice of two colours. For those who want an authentic patterned feature floor reminiscent of the traditional tiles found in places such as Portugal, the Multi Colour option blends shades of muted yellow, blue, grey and beige for a warm finish that will look great against rustic wood furniture. For a more modern edge, the grey colour option gives kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms or hallway floors a contemporary twist. To see the choice of colours for yourself, why not order a sample today?

    If you’re using patterned tiles on your floor and wondering what wall tiles to team them with, why not try a simple tile in white or a solid colour that combines traditional style with contemporary design trends such as our Metro or Country wall tiles? Whilst both these tile styles nod to bygone eras, they’re also very contemporary and on-trend right now, making them the perfect partner for patterned feature floors.

    One thing’s for sure, if you want to create real impact with your interior design then patterned tiles are a great option.

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