Life On The Tiles

Tile trends: wood-effect, hexagons, concrete-effect & marble

Myself and my brother Liam just spent 3 days at CERSAIE 2014 in Bologna Italy – the world’s largest tile exhibition and the place where new tile trends are set. We saw some beautiful products perfect for your home or project.

CERSAIE is where suppliers launch their new products. It’s like Paris Fashion Week in the tile calendar. The show itself covers over 150,000 square metres of space. It’s colossal! We saw as much of it as possible and were inspired to order more fabulous tiles for our showrooms from the lines of emerging trends. Here is our summary of current tile trends:

Granite or Quartz – which should you choose?

Many customers come into the showrooms flummoxed about Granite and Quartz. Is one better than the other? Well let me explain…

Granite is quarried. It comes straight out of our beautiful planet earth as one huge chunk. It is then cut into slabs and honed down and transported all over the world. Specifically to Luton in our case where our excellent stone-mason Cristian has his workshop.

Quartz or quartz composite (the full name) is man-made. It is normally 93% quartz mixed with 7% resin. It can be manufactured to produce an array of colours and patterns.

From this description which do you prefer? Granite or quartz? Not too sure, us neither so let me continue…

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Why Victorian Tiles are a great choice for your bathroom, kitchen and entrance way.

I love looking back at photos of Britain in Victorian times like the one above. If you click here you’ll link to that photo and 37 more fabulous images from the London Underground circa 1863 on buzzfeed. Don’t you just love the gorgeous Victorian metro tiles? I like the fashion too, everyone looks so frightfully dapper.

Today I’m going to talk about why Victorian and Edwardian style tiles, also known as encaustic tiles are so fabulous for many areas in your home. They are beautiful statement tiles of a bygone era. They are tried and tested and give any home that real wow factor.

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Wonderful Wood Effect Porcelain Tiles

As one of the first retailers to supply wonderful wood effect porcelain tiles in the UK we are really proud of how the trend has taken off. The wood effect porcelain tiles we sell are growing more and more popular. They are not  an alternative to hard wood but a competitor. Wood effect porcelain is the tile du jour.

Dallas Porcelain in Naturale from Tile Studio Esher

Wood-effect Floor Tiles

Advantages to wood effect tiles over wood; where do i start?

Wood effect porcelain tiles are extremely easy to clean and need no other type of maintenance.  They do not stain. You will never have to worry about the tiles changing colour like regular wood, or warping from water damage. They can be paired with underfloor heating. You will get no chips, nicks or splinters from wood effect porcelain tiles. They can be used  indoor or outdoor.  Our range are totally frost and heat resistant, and they come in all shapes and sizes. You can lay them however you choose to;  herringbone, parallel, staggered, random.

Wood-effect Floor Tiles

You can use wood effect porcelain tiles anywhere inside or outside of your home; In the kitchen, bathroom (they look great on shower-room walls & floors), lounge, conservatory, garden, patio the list is endless.

They look great on wall and floor together:

Wood-effect Floor Tiles

We have several ranges of wood effect porcelain tiles from different suppliers in all shades (dark chestnut or grey to white-wash) and shapes to suit all styles and budgets so don’t hesitate to contact us or pop in to Esher or Esher showrooms for our expert advice.
Dallas Porcelain in Avana from Tile Studio Esher

Wood effect porcelain tiles are so popular with us here at Tile Studio Esher that Mum & Dad, Liam and I have all installed them throughout our homes. So from first hand experience I can honestly say they are fabulous!

Take a peek at our pinterest mood board for wood and wood effect porcelain tiles inspiration.

As always with the Castelnau blog: Life on the Tiles, we’d like to leave you with a great piece of music – none other than the great Eddie Floyd and Knock on Wood. Enjoy!

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More than Fifty Shades of Grey

Grey interior design is sooo en vogue.

Not necessarily because E.L. James made grey the most talked about colour of recent memory but because of its versatility.  Grey interior design is so versatile the options are endless.

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The not so Moody Blues

Blue is everywhere at the moment. On the catwalks, in design magazines. All over design blogs like and even on my very own pinterest page.

It was @Peagreen98 – a fellow tweeter who inspired this blog post. Check out her inspirational post on hues of blue and turquoise.
We stock so many shades of blue tiles and mosaics I couldn’t count so here’s just a taster:





And if you can’t see what your heart desires here, do give us a call on 020 8541 2551 or email us [email protected] as I am sure we can get what you want.
Even Woody Allen’s latest flick has blue in the title, Here’s the trailer if you fancy a peek.

Trivia corner: which member of the Castelnau team appears in the film Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona? Answers on a postcard – I mean answers via twitter @castelnautiles there’s a 10% discount* for the first 5 followers that get it right.
Granddad Castelnau was a huge blues fan. So in his memory here’s a good old fashioned blues track to end this blog post. Hope you like it.

Adiós for now.

*excluding sale items

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