Ideas for your Home Flooring
“Among the strongest, most
enduring looks are the warm, grey tones of native stone, which is at its most beautiful when reclaimed from old buildings, restored and then relaid in new locations.
Rebecca Cherrington, head of projects, Lapicida
Frame by Refin in Majolica, rectified porcelain floor tile from Tons of Tiles, 60 x 60cm, £49.99/m²
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Trendsetters Fashion affects floors as it does most other areas of life. Currently, this goes hand in hand with digital technology to create a style that is becoming increasingly popular – porcelain tiles that look like wood. “You get the best of the natural look but with none of the downsides,” explains Brad from the Cheshire Tile Studio. “The surface looks textured and incredibly realistic, but it’s smooth – a trick of the eye and a real talking point for guests.” Ana Martinez from the Spanish Tile Association agrees: “Wood effect tiles have turned out to be a popular flooring choice. They combine the best of both worlds – the elegant and warm aesthetics of wood with the asy-clean durability of porcelain and compatibility with under floor heating.” Technology is also having a huge impact in recreating styles from the past, says Jules Archard, sales manager at Surface tiles. “Ink jet technology means it’s possible to paint the most incredibly complex patterns on to tiles and there’s a big trend for Victorian-style encaustic designs.” Machines that recreate the look of scarce natural resources, such as teak or mahogany, on sustainable materials, and allow us to enjoy designs from yesteryear at an accessible price, well, that can’t be bad.
Published on Jul 23, 2013