The natural appeal of wood look tiles

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.

Creative decorating with mosaic tiles

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.

New Area Proves Roaring Success

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.

Is it porcelain or is it ceramic

Slaty Multicolour

Slaty Multicolour

This is a question we get asked quite regularly. Porcelain is a type of material used for some wall and most floor tiles, it is the hardest and most durable of all tile materials and is formed by firing pressed clay or clay dust at very high temperatures to “fuse” the body into a solid mass. Ceramic is a generic description of anything produced from clay or clay derivative products – for example tableware, tiles, insulators, sanitaryware – these can all be described as Ceramic but not all are Porcelain.

Four examples of different ceramics are earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and bone china. They can all be described as Ceramic but only those with a very low water absorption (the means of porcelain classification) can be called Porcelain.

So the answer to the question is it porcelain or ceramic is – if it’s a wall or floor tile it certainly is ceramic but if it’s a tile with a low water absorption it will be both Ceramic AND Porcelain.


WeeKend by Marazzi

WeeKend - Fango Struttura

The product selection team at Craven Dunnill are constantly striving to offer the most extensive range and choice of styles and designs the ceramic and porcelain tile industry has to offer, and our latest autumn range is no exception. This week we have seen the launch of our brand new range of 300x100mm brick style ceramic wall tiles called WeeKend.

WeeKend is available in 5 muted colour ways Bianco, Grigio, Nero, Crema, Fango and two contrasting finishes. The standard finish is a delicate surface ripple that adds a light texture and interest to the subtle matt glaze, the Struttura finish by contrast is a striking micro mosaic surface finish that adds an eye-catching dimension to this unique range.

The combination of colour and texture offered by WeeKend makes it the perfect choice for your home, whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, en-suite or WC this range has the versatility to create the look you desire.

Slaty – Designer porcelain tiles that look like the real thing

Slaty - Multi-colour

Slaty - Multi-colour

Prepare to be amazed when you see the new slate inspired designer porcelain range called Slaty. Indistinguishable from a real slate this glazed porcelain range has taken the market by storm and setting a new benchmark for stunning looking technical porcelains that are both functional and beautiful. With so many slate looks in the market it is worth paying a little extra and having the best – affording a touch of endurable beauty to any room of your home.

The rich varied earthy tones are most stunning in the ‘Multicolour’ option which looks like an Indian riven slate. Unlike real slate you will not need to seal or treat the surface either before or after laying your beautiful floor.

Two other colours Ochre and Almond offer a more subtle toned down interpretation of one of the oldest and most popular natural stone materials. When a designer glazed porcelain looks and feels as good as Slaty you can understand why this is acknowledged as better than the real thing.