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The attraction of having ceramic tiled floors in not only the bathroom and kitchen, where the moisture and stain resistant properties make them so practical, but in the main living areas of a home too, has become widespread. Phenomenally hard-wearing, easy to wash clean with a mop and available in ever-popular and convincingly realistic stone and wood effects, ceramic tiles work well, regardless of the age or style of your home.
Here we take a look at the current trends in floor tiles and pick out a few fashionable ideas you may like to consider.
Highly textured, slate-look porcelain tiles, such as the new Livingstone range, create a striking back-drop to a contemporary décor scheme. Livingstone features strong veining in a natural random patina, working well with fashionable, aged brass and iconic Scandinavian wooden furniture, and lends itself to an entrance hall.
Wood floors are a part of our heritage and never really go out of fashion. Ceramic tiles which replicate real wood, such as Wood-Ker and Memories, combine the natural appeal and subtle tones with the practicality of ceramic. The geometric designs of parquet wood flooring is making a come-back, natural floorboards appeal to those seeking a Scandinavian look, whilst polished oak proves timeless teamed with a contemporary rug.
Ever larger tiles
The uncluttered appeal of large format tiles is recognised with many of the new stone design tile collections, such as Sands, which emulates a Lake District slate and is available in a variable tile sizes up to 758 x 453mm. With few dividing grout lines to interrupt the natural patina of the floor or distract the eye, rooms can appear spacious, with clean lines and elegantly cool.
AWN Pugin (1812-1852) was an architect of repute in the 19th century and is acclaimed today, particularly for his churches. His passion was decorative gothic architecture, which he believed was the Christian form, and his style influence can be seen today in many of our church buildings, including the ornate encaustic and geometric tiled floors.
The Church of St. Thomas in Fulham is one such church. Built in 1848 by Pugin, the main sanctuary and hallways featured gothic inspired encaustic designs originally made by Craven Dunnill & Co and Minton Ltd. Some 160 years later Craven Dunnill Jackfield was commissioned to make a new sanctuary tiled floor featuring an Opus Sectile pattern – the tiles were hand-made using similar techniques to 1848, to match the original colours and reflect the original decorative style.
Up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne the Cathedral Church of St. Mary’s, another Pugin creation, has undergone major restoration in recent years. The entire tiled floor, including sanctuary, main aisle and two chapels, has been replaced with a highly decorative Pugin styled encaustic and geometric design. The Cathedral’s Architects created the design using traditional encaustic patterns from Craven Dunnill Jackfield’s archive catalogue – a rich design source for many a church restoration project.
Jackfield then translated the Architect’s designs into detailed CAD floor plans, carefully positioning the repeating patterns and each tile in relation to pillars, steps and other architectural features. They then hand produced the 11,835 encaustics and 36,862 hand-cut geometric tiles, in 70 different designs. Each tile is therefore unique, which means they vary in size and thickness – just like the original Victorian tiles.
Today, Craven Dunnill Jackfield is the only remaining manufacturer in the UK capable of making traditional encaustic tiles and has won several awards for its work on church and historical building restoration projects.
Exposed wood in the home is once again fashionable, favoured by many for its mellow, natural tones and textures. The “wood look” is now also emulated in other materials, including ceramics and plastics, extending its applications throughout the house into lighting, blinds and tiles.
The new, wood styled ceramic floor tiles look so realistic, they are easily mistaken for real wood; additionally, they are moisture and stain resistant and will not scuff or mark, despite heavy footfall and are ideal for underfloor heating.
In recent years, there have been major developments in printing ceramic tiles, and new technology has meant that a design such as a wood-grain can be replicated with all the random nuances of the original, natural material. Memories and Wood-Ker are two of the best examples in the marketplace: Memories resembles reclaimed timber floorboards, whilst Wood-Ker replicates the detailed shading of a sawn, natural timber plank, both available in a choice of hues and made from porcelain.
It is therefore possible to mix and match real wood with wood-look tiles within a home – choosing the practicality of tiles in rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens, utilities, conservatories and halls. Select the right range and you can also extend your wood-effect tiles out onto your patio, using a range such as Wood-Ker: the external tile has a slip resistant rating of R11 and provides a frost and fade resistant option.
Traditionally, mosaics were found in their millions lining swimming pools. However, today there is a fabulous choice of colours, materials, shapes and sizes, making mosaic tiles the perfect way to add eye-catching decorative detail to the home, on both walls and floors.
Our range includes hundreds of different mosaics and new designs are constantly being added. From the iridescent Murano Glass and Bronzelux ranges to exotic mother of pearl finish and the industrial-look Metalux range – mosaics make a fashionable stylish addition to bathrooms and kitchens.
A recent design trend is to create a unique, feature wall, providing contrast with surrounding plain field tiles. Likewise, their small size means mosaics are a practical solution for tiling tight or irregular shaped spaces, such as splashbacks or behind cookers.
They are also invaluable as a decorative detail within a plain tiled floor or defining a zone within a room, such as a wet room area within a bathroom. Many ranges are suitable for both the floor and the walls, creating a co-ordinated effect. However, if you plan to do this, do make sure you choose a range which is suitable for both – not all are. The textured surface of mosaics, created by the regular grout line, is also a useful anti-slip feature in wet areas such as showers and bathrooms.
And of course, mosaics are still used in and around swimming pools, but they need no longer be simply blue.
If you are looking to stamp your own style on your new bathroom or add an original decorative touch to your kitchen, then a feature tile wall will appeal. They make an attractive focal point to a room and need not be costly. Here are a few ideas, which you may like to adapt:
Contrast colours within a range
Create a pattern using a variety of colours from the same range and using the same sized tile. These Weekend Struttura wall tiles have an intresting, interwoven texture and come in a wide choice of colours, to create a contemporary feel.
Picture tile panels
Inserting a tiled picture panel into a blank canvas of plain, white field tiles has classical elegance and is simple to do. This Nuvole Lotus Flower design is achieved with a panel of three tiles.
The featured Heron Luxglass mosaics, in the central panel behind the basin, are supplied ready-made with the intriguing diagonal design and come as 300 x 300mm netted sheets – a quick way to introduce a designer feature.
Be brave with colour
A touch of colour strategically placed can add an exciting decorative element to a room, without being over-powering. Here, the vibrant red of Prisma is shown off to good effect by the contrasting white, enamel basin and reflected in the coloured towel. But overdo it!
Since its opening 3 months ago the new extra product choice addition to our showroom in Bridgnorth has been a massive hit with our customers.
Our new area covers hundreds of ranges and thousands of product options from our quality assured manufacturers in Italy and Spain. In addition, hundreds of full size tiles are on display to give a taste of products the area has to offer – from 10x10mm glass mosaics to 1200×1200 giant porcelain slabs.
The extra choice products include 3D tiles, glitzy mosaics, swimming pool ceramics, industrial floor tiles, thin porcelain slabs, swimming pool construction systems, in short wall and floor tiles to suit any budget or requirement, whether domestic, commercial, bespoke or industrial.commercial bouncers wholesale
Full size samples are available in addition to 100×100 colour chip samples which are perfect for reference or for designer story boards.
There’s even a private meeting room for you to use with your designer or client complete with a 1200×1200 tile slab table and product reference library.
The Craven Dunnill Group has been shortlisted in the prestigious national tile ‘Oscars’. Every year The Tile Association (TTA) celebrates the movers and shakers in the ceramic tile industry and hands out awards to the companies who are at the top of their game.
Not content with ten awards they have won since the TTA gave out its first awards in 2005. Craven Dunnill have yet again been shortlisted for six awards – three for Craven Dunnill Bridgnorth and three for Craven Dunnill Jackfield.
Craven Dunnill has high hopes in the category of Excellence in Distribution, Floor Tile of the Year and Best use of tile in a Commercial Project. Whilst Craven Dunnill Jackfield hopes to bring home a gong in the Best use of tile in the Leisure and Hospitality Industry, Excellence in Manufacturing and Employee of the Year.
All will be revealed at the TTA Annual Dinner Awards at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on the 20th April 2013. In any event the company is proud to have six shortlisted nominations from the 16 different categories, demonstrating the diverse nature of our business in all aspects of the ceramic tile industry.
During the recent Cersaie exhibition in Bologna Craven Dunnill took time out to present the Edimax team with the TTA Floor Tile of the Year Award. Peter Howells Managing Director of Craven Dunnill presented the award to Mascilimiano Bernabei General Manager of Edimax Ceramica for the Slaty range which forms the backdrop to the image attached.
The award winning glazed porcelain mixed format range has gone from strength to strength and has recently been extended to include a new rectangular format 750 x 450mm. Edimax has used the latest ink jet technology to produce this photo realistic slate imitation with all the superior technical characteristics of a glazed porcelain. Practical and stylish the Slaty range looks great in all living spaces.
Digital technology is used to produce specialist ceramic wall and swimming pool tiles. It combines ceramic colours and inkjet printing techniques to produce digital images which can be applied and then fired at very high temperatures onto glazed tiles.
The process does not have the normal limitations of specialist decoration (ie very high set-up costs) so is perfect for small production runs, bespoke tiles or murals such as personalised tiles or panels for kitchens, bathrooms, showers, swimming pools or schools.tian xiao cheng
Our skilled artwork techniques allow us to create numerous paint effects to turn photographs into paintings of many styles. Additionally we can convert childrens designs or paintings into tiles or feature panels.
The finished products are fully fade and scratch resistant and can even be used on external walls, in swimming pools or on power shower walls.
This gives the perfect opportunity to personalise your home or project.