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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Wood Effect Tiles

    Wood Effect Tiles

    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?

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