Monthly Archives: August 2016
Recently I’ve been looking back at when I first joined the tile industry many years ago and thinking about how much has changed since then. One of the things that struck me is just how much more choice there now is in terms of floor tile designs. Go back a decade and many people buying floor tiles would have opted for a 30x30cm square floor tile in a simple grey or beige stone effect, but now larger sizes and more adventurous designs and patterns are widely available and incredibly popular.
Natural stone effect tiles are still a favourite with many of our customers and as tile manufacturing technology has advanced to HD inkjet printing they are now more lifelike than ever before. For example our new Lucia Gris floor tile replicates the look of natural stone but in hard wearing, low maintenance ceramic. Many stone effect floor tiles are available with matching wall tiles, such as our Java range, which comes in four colour options, and features co-ordinating wall, floor and wave structured tiles.
One of the biggest developments over the last few years has been the growing popularity of wood effect tiles. Again, HD inkjet printing technology has really helped to make ceramic and porcelain tiles a viable alternative to real wood or laminate, as they can offer realistic woodgrain textures with shade and pattern variations that look just like the real thing. Plank shaped floor tiles come in a wide range of colours and finishes, from the classic look of our Niove or Drake wood effect ranges to the more rustic, industrial feel of the Kunny range which gives the appearance of vintage reclaimed wood flooring.
It’s not just wood effects that come in plank formats either. Marble replicas such as our Calcutta and Marmy floor tiles in a 20x114cm size will give any room a striking contemporary look, showing just how far floor tiles have come since the ubiquitous 30x30cm format.
There was a time when decorating your home was all about keeping it neutral, but over recent years people have become more adventurous with their interior design choices to make their home reflect their own personal style. Patterned floor tiles are one example of this – they’re the ideal way to add character to floors throughout the home, from hallways to bathrooms – and a simple Pinterest search for ‘floor tiles’ will show just how popular patterned floors have become. Look out for our Lafayette patterned floor tile range coming soon.
Whilst porcelain and ceramic are the most common materials for floor tiles thanks to their durability and practicality, natural stone tiles can be used to add a touch of natural beauty to kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, conservatories and even living rooms. Natural stone floor tiles are great for period properties, especially cottages, as their natural variations in shade, pattern and texture give them a rustic charm and sense of history, with each tile coming from a block of stone that was formed underground over thousands of years. Slate, Travertine and Marble are particularly popular for floor tiles. Natural stone mosaics can also be used as flooring and are a great choice for wetroom floors, as they can easily be sloped towards a drain and the grout lines provided added grip.
Quartz floor tiles are another popular choice that have been around for a while but show no signs of disappearing. Made from a combination of natural quartz and small pieces of mirrored glass set in resin, they can create a dramatic statement on floors throughout the home as they sparkle in the light. Available in black, white and grey colour options, they’re especially popular in kitchens where they can be used to co-ordinate with worktops.
It’s not just the variety of floor tiles available that’s changed over the years, it’s also the way floor tiles are being used. Tiled floors in bathrooms and kitchens are so commonplace now that it’s hard to believe that there was a time when people would have chosen carpet for their bathroom or kitchen. As the use of floor tiles in bathrooms and kitchens has become the norm, their use in other rooms has also increased. Because floor tiles are hard wearing and easy to clean they’re especially practical in rooms with heavy footfall or that link directly to the outside such as hallways and conservatories. And with advances in underfloor heating technology there’s now no reason why dining rooms, living rooms and even bedrooms can’t be tiled. Don’t forget that most floor tiles can also be used on walls, which opens up the design possibilities even further.
Whatever you’re searching for, I hope you enjoy looking through our wide range of floor tiles to find the one that’s just right for you. Don’t forget you can contact us through online chat, email or phone if you need any help or advice.