Monthly Archives: June 2016
Metro tiles are one of our most popular ranges and it’s not hard to see why. They offer a contemporary style with a retro twist and add a practical yet stylish finishing touch to kitchen and bathroom walls.
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. The classic style has a bevelled edge, giving it a pleasing 3D finish which catches the light. Our Metro tiles are available in a wide range of colours, from timeless white, black and cream to contemporary grey, plum teal and sage. To create a real style statement, why not mix more than one colour in the same room?
If you like the small format look but would prefer something a little more rustic, then our Country range could be the one for you. Suitable for both kitchens and bathrooms and available in a choice of sizes and subtle shades, they offer a similar feel to Metro tiles but with a rustic handmade appearance.
The small 10x20cm format of Metro tiles makes them perfect for kitchen splashbacks, but they look just as good in bathrooms too. Their simple, versatile style means that they can be used to create either modern or traditional interior designs depending on your personal taste. For example, sage Metro tiles perfectly complement a classic country kitchen with painted timber doors and cream or wooden worktops, whilst pairing white Metro tiles with distressed wood or concrete effect floor tiles gives a contemporary industrial feel.
The possibilities of which floor tile to use with Metro are almost endless as they co-ordinate with everything from classic natural travertine or limestone floor tiles, to wood effect porcelain, to high gloss polished porcelain. To help you choose your favourite combination, why not order a few samples to select from in the comfort of your own home?
The traditional way to fix Metro tiles is in a brick bond style, but there are lots of other options to choose from if you want to create something more daring. The herringbone layout is a key tiling trend for 2016 that works perfectly with Metro tiles, either laid horizontally/vertically or diagonally. Another current trend is for using a contrasting grout colour to make a feature of the joints – for example using grey grout with white Metro tiles adds a contemporary twist and looks especially striking when teamed with grey floor tiles.
Offering a surface that’s simple to install, hard wearing and easy to clean, as well as being incredibly versatile and stylish, it’s not surprising that Metro tiles are a perennial favourite with our customers. If it’s a style that captures your imagination, have a look through our extensive range to see how Metro tiles could work in your home.
With more designs to choose from than ever before, wood effect tiles are a huge interior design trend for 2016 and beyond. Thanks to advances in high definition inkjet tile printing, wood effect tiles offer the look and feel of real wood but with all the practical benefits of ceramic and porcelain. For example, wood and laminate flooring often aren’t recommended for use in wet areas as the wood may warp, but all our wood effect tiles are ideal for use in bathrooms, wet rooms or kitchens as the glaze on the tile makes them waterproof once the joints are grouted, with no need for sealing. They are also incredibly easy to clean, hard wearing and can stand up to things such as high heels, which can sometimes damage real wood.
Wood effect tiles are perfect for replicating the appearance of wood flooring, but they look equally effective when used on walls. They’re not just limited to bathrooms and kitchens either – for a contemporary Scandinavian look why not try creating a wood effect feature wall on your chimney breast, in your dining room, or even behind your bed.
We have a variety of colours, designs and sizes of wood effect tiles to choose from and they can be combined with other tiles to create different looks depending on your taste. For example, teaming our distressed wood effect Kunny range with classic Metro tiles gives a modern industrial look that’s very contemporary, whilst our Niove range offers a more timeless finish in a choice of three wood effect shades, including a light grey which is one of the most popular colours in interiors right now.
There are lots of different layouts you could try with wood effect tiles. To replicate classic wood plank flooring, fix the tiles end to end with each row slightly offset from the previous one. If your room is narrow, for example in a galley kitchen, using the plank tiles horizontally across the width of the room can make it appear wider. For a look that combines traditional and contemporary, fix the tiles in a diagonal herringbone layout on either walls or floors.
Tiles that offer the look of wood with the practical benefits of ceramic and porcelain are incredibly versatile, and are a design trend that looks set to stay. How will you use yours?