Reed Harris - Stile Libero

Stile Libero is inspired by the sedimentary rock Ceppo di Grè, which has been part of the Lombard architectural tradition since Roman times. Its extensive use as a building stone or decorative architectural element can be attributed to its durability and weather resistance. The name derives from the word “Cepp”, which in the Milanese dialect means rock with pebbles. In the early 1900s modern production methods arrived at the Gré quarries. This lead to an increase in the availability of the material. The warm tones of the grey Ceppo di Grè were widely quarried from the Stump of the Adda and the Brembo. Nowadays the stone is only extracted in the province of Bergamo, on the north-western shore of Lake Iseo.

Reed Harris – Stile Libero

Production of Ceppo di Grè was at its peak in the mid-century and this stone has become synonymous with modern architecture of the period. Our Stile Libero range of porcelain floor and wall tiles, faithfully reproduce the pebble marking of Ceppo di Grè. The three shades of warm grey are all derived from the original stone variations.

Reed Harris – Stile Libero

Stile Libero has tremendous charm that easily pairs with a wide variety of design ideas. From the ever popular Scandi-chic, to the authentic mid-century right, this range is the perfect choice for you. This commercial quality porcelain much like the stone it derives its name from, will certainly withstand plenty of wear and tear. Given that the translation of the name is Freestyle, this really is a finish with endless possibilities.

What works with Stile Libero?

The world is your oyster as far as we are concerned with Stile Libero. Here are a few of our top choices that will sit comfortably with the pebbled stone effect looks of Stile Libero.

Stile Libero meets Cozy

Reed Harris – Cozy

An informal pairing that uses the contrast of material finishes. Both Stile Libero and Cozy have an inherent warmth to the colour selection giving this collaboration an inviting and laid-back feel.

Stile Libero meets Materia Viva

Reed Harris – Materia Viva

This pairing has a strong mid-century feel, with the warmth and markings of the stone look contrasting beautifully with the linear veneer of Materia Viva. Use them on walls or floors and compliment them with a vast array of paint colour or wallpaper.

Stile Libero meets Bolle

Bolle is a wonderful hand glazed wall tile with a crystalline flair in the glaze. The depth of colour in the glazes creates a contemporary craft look which is grounded perfectly by Stile Libero.

Now you know why we love Stile Libero, we hope you have fallen for it too. Find sizing and technical details for Stile Libero on our website, where samples are available to order.

 

 

 

Reed Harris - Materia Viva

Using Veneer is a method in woodworking to make the use of rare woods more economical. Early examples of veneer were used by the ancient Egyptians, who used expensive and rare wood veneers over cheaper timbers to produce furniture and sarcophagi.

Reed Harris – Materia Viva

Materia Viva takes the markings of Zebrano veneer and brings them into the 21st century on a medium sized porcelain hexagon. Veneer would never be a practical finish to have on the floor or even use in wet areas. This compact trio of colours makes the look available in places where it would not normally possible. The nature of the pattern twinned with the hexagonal shape make Materia Viva a great choice for making smaller spaces feel larger. There is no grid effect with grout joints and the markings mix and distract to make a blanket of pattern.

Reed Harris – Materia Viva

This may not be an obvious choice when seen as an individual tile, but this ten-pattern mix could very well be the best choice for your next tiling project.

 

What works with Materia Viva?

There is something of a Mid Century air about Materia Viva and popping an Eames Lounger on top will only cement this look. There is a freedom to the ‘Living Matter’ which needs a little grounding with the other finishes around it, so here are three of our favourite ideas for pairing with this vibrant wood effect.

 

Materia Viva meets Modernist

A wonderful patterned match for a thoroughly modern affair in the modern tradition. The bold terrazzo looks of Modernist balance the linear strokes of Materia Viva perfectly. Neither of these tiles are shy and together they sing with a mid-century modern edge. Need Mid Century inspiration? Look no further.

 

Materia Viva meets Brooklyn

Reed Harris – Brooklyn

Our glossy wall tile Brooklyn works beautifully with the medium sized hexagon. Brooklyn contrasts Materia Viva in both texture and finish with its bumpy gloss surface. An easy and comfortable pairing, Brooklyn can be fixed to the wall in a variety of layouts with herringbone still a favourite in smaller rooms.

 

Materia Viva meets Cliffstone

Reed Harris Cliffstone

Cliffstone makes a great neutral choice with its gentle limestone markings to allow Materia Viva to stand out as a feature. With both tiles being suitable for either wall or floor, the possibilities for fitting these two together are boundless.

 

Now you know why we love Materia Viva, we hope you have fallen for it too. Find sizing and technical details for Materia Viva on our website, where samples are available to order.

Reed Harris - Woodstock

Porcelain wood effect tiles have come a long way in recent years, meaning the latest renditions can be, in many cases almost indistinguishable from their natural counterpart. There is nothing quite like the real thing of course, but there are times when using a porcelain alternative could be the best option for you.

Porcelain vs Real Wood – 5 reasons to choose porcelain.

The hard-wearing alternative

If you are looking for a hard-wearing floor that will last you for decades, we think that you should consider porcelain tiles. They are incredibly durable and are particularly useful for use in heavy traffic areas such as hallways and kitchens. The tiles won’t scratch or easily mark like real wood flooring so you can stay calm when entertaining large groups of people in the knowledge your beautiful floor won’t be harmed! When it comes to installation, porcelain wood effect tiles are easy to install and due to their naturally non-porous nature they don’t need sealing.

Will not fade

Real wooden flooring looks gorgeous during the first year or so, but over time it will slowly begin to weather and fade from things like the sun, foot traffic, liquid spills and more. Many people do enjoy this feature of real wood floors and some of the most beautiful floors are ones that have been slowly weathered over time. If you’re not one of these people and you want your floor to remain in tip top condition for years to come, porcelain wood effect tiles are the right choice for you.

Versatility of design

If you chose to use porcelain wood rather than real wood, the choice is endless. Manufacturers are producing all sorts of interpretations of wood designs, allowing so many design options. If you’re looking for a contemporary sleek finish or maybe a rustic wood effect floor with an aged finish, we’ve got the solution for you. You can even have herringbone or chevron designs, so whatever the style of your property, there’s a style to match it.

Low maintenance

We all lead busy lives and none of us want to spend hours cleaning and maintaining our floors. The good news is that porcelain floor tiles are incredibly low maintenance. Simply give them a quick sweep and mop and they’ll soon be as good as new. Installation is straightforward and there’s no sealing required either.

Reed Harris – Cozy

Waterproof

Finally, one huge benefit of swapping your wood flooring for tiles is that they can be placed in the bathroom or kitchen with confidence, as they are waterproof. No more worrying about that leaking washing machine, burst pipes or how an overflowing bath may damage your natural wood floor!

Reed Harris – Making it work;

Reed Harris has a wide variety of wood effect tiles in both porcelain. To find out more, please do browse our website today.

Tiles come in many shapes, materials and sizes, in anything from bright bold patterns, to simple blocks of colour. Traditionally in this country, ceramic tiles were mainly used for kitchen floors and splash backs and also in bathrooms. In in recent years there has been a big influence from Europe and people are becoming more aware of the durability of tiles and therefore receptive to using them in different areas of the home.

If you’re looking for an update to your property, be it kitchen, bathroom or hallway, we have plenty of choice and ideas to offer you. Since tiles are usually more of a permanent fixture, it’s important for you to be happy with the end result and that’s why we strongly believe that attention must be paid to the finishing pieces, so it’s always worth allocating some of you budget for this purpose as it really will enhance your tiling project.

What are finishing pieces?

These can be anything from tile trims, edges, corners, borders or even bull noses on steps, fabricated in the same material as the tile or a contrasting one such as brass, metal, plastic or aluminium. Some tile manufacturers even make finishing pieces in the same material as the tile these days, so it’s always worth checking that.

What is their purpose?

Simple really, to conceal any exposed unfinished edge of a tile.

Professional looking results

First and foremost, any room with tiling work will be instantly catapulted into looking extremely professional if finishing pieces are used. What’s more, the pieces also help to enhance the fabric of the tile itself and go a long way in helping to complete the look.

Different trims for different effects

With finishing pieces, it’s never a case of one size fits all and as we’ve already mentioned they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, so you can choose the best one for your tiles and we can help with this.

With any interior design scheme, opting for a style to suit the rest of your home is key, and sometimes less can be more. Remember that using the correct finishing piece will add detail and help to accentuate designs, whatever style you chose, helping to give rooms that bolder more unique look and feel.

If the room is already quite busy with patterns, colours, or furniture, sticking to one colour and style of trim is best so as not to take away from the existing design.

Help easily define rooms

Finishing pieces can quite easily help to define a particular look and feel inside a room, and also create quite an interesting transition between different materials or zones.

If you’re tiling a larger, more open-plan space, finishing pieces can be used to create artwork in your interior. Using a variety of styles and materials can really bring a room to life, and breaks up larger spaces, too.

 

In today’s modern housing world we are seeing less of nature and more industrials-style builds. Our homes showcase the very latest technologies and very often new developments spring up in areas where there are no signs of grass, trees or plants. Our souls and psyches are being starved of all things natural. Thus we need to find our way back to nature, and one way of doing so is through biophilic design.

What is biophilic design?

The term biophilia was coined by the psychologist Edward O. Wilson in the mid-eighties. Biophilia is the need for humans to possess a connection with nature. Without that connection, we are supposedly more prone to feelings of depression and anxiety. Connection can be achieved through the close proximity and interaction with animals, plants and the wider natural world. For example, walking through a forest, hearing the birds sing or watching waves break on the shore.

Biophilic Design uses these ideas as principles to create a human centred approach that when applied improves many of the spaces that we live and work in today, with numerous benefits to our health and well-being. This includes using natural materials, indoor plants, water features and natural shapes. Images or illustrations of nature are also effective.

The benefits of biophilic design

Incorporating a biophilic design into your indoor and outdoor living space can be hugely beneficial to both your mental and physical health. Surrounding yourself at home with plants, materials and items that remind you of nature will instantly calm the mind and help improve well-being and mental health. This sense of fulfilment and relaxation can help to improve your cardiovascular health and lower your blood pressure.

How to use tiles in a biophilic design scheme

In this case we’ll use the bathroom as an example. When it comes to designing your bathroom or shower room, you can use tiles to help with your biophilic design scheme. Tiles that depict animals or plants are ideal for this purpose. Reed Harris’ Jungle tiles are perfect for creating a relaxing, nature-themed environment to soak in. These vibrant tiles can make a calming focal point in any bathroom space. Throw in some blue or yellow tiles to maximise the effect.

Another fabulous idea for a biophilia-themed bathroom is to use stone or wood effect tiles like our Blend range. These tiles are great since they’ll give the impression of a wood floor or wall but without the hassle of a real one! Alternatively, you could use mirrored tiles to reflect plants within the bathroom and to give the impression of an open, expansive space.

Reed Harris has a range of tiles that can perfectly integrate into your biophilic bathroom design. Get in touch with us today if you’re interested in adding a touch of nature into your home.

At Reed Harris we’ve had a long standing love affair with terracotta tiles. This hard-wearing and organic material has been around for thousands of years yet continues to look fresh and modern. Our new range of glazed terracotta tiles continues that passion, bringing a new functionality and durability to these beautifully rustic tiles.

The history of baked earth

Terracotta has always blended the aesthetic with the utilitarian, being used for thousands of years to create fertility figures, statues and of course the astonishing Terracotta Army of the Chinese Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE). More functionally, terracotta was widely used for roofing tiles, bricks and water pipes.

Highly ornamented Bengal terracotta temples were the inspiration for a revival of terracotta as a decorative material in the 19th century. Louis Sullivan, the father of the skyscraper, used terracotta extensively to ornament his buildings. It was popular in England too, until the spread of Modernism and the rise in the use of concrete in the 1930s.

Now considered too porous to use for roof tiling, terracotta has found its niche as a beautiful and hard-wearing flooring material.

Rustic beauty

Literally meaning ‘baked earth’ in Italian, terracotta continues to be used for interior floor tiles that lend a rural or Mediterranean feel to your interiors with their lovely range of red and earthy hues. It’s this beauty and simplicity combined with durability that makes terracotta such a desirable option for your floors.

Terracotta tiles are created from brown and red clays coloured by iron ore. The clay is shaped into the desired style and then left to dry. The tiles are then fired at which point they can be left unglazed, but they must be sealed so they don’t stain. Machine cut terracotta tiles have a more consistent look and are easier to install than uneven and rough hewn hand-made styles but lack the same character.

Warmer and more tactile than glazed ceramics and stone, terracotta tiles are an ideal choice for a country style kitchen or a cosy, traditional living room.

Simple elegance

If you prefer your terracotta floors to be easier to keep clean and maintain, then why not consider glazed tiles? Glazing adds a thin layer of glass to the tile which increases its durability and makes it much easier to clean. Glazed tiles also catch the light in a way that can look really attractive.

The latest addition to our terracotta tile range, are our through-colour tiles. These tiles are coloured all the way through the material. This is done by adding the dye into the terracotta mix during the manufacturing process. The advantage of opting for the through-coloured tile is that it’s far less noticeable should the tile become chipped or damaged, since the colour isn’t solely on the surface layer. The gorgeous pale blue triangular tiles in the image below are an example of these tiles.

At Reed Harris we love the warmth and sumptuous vibe that terracotta gives off and the way that it can be paired with a blush pink or spring yellow to create a very contemporary look. Suitable for kitchens, boot rooms and even patios (if you choose a frost proof tile), we stock a huge range of beautiful terracotta tiles in a range of sizes and shapes and we can also create bespoke tiles to order for that special installation.

Reed Harris - Fragmenta

At Reed Harris, we are in love with terrazzo tiles! Terrazzo’s distinctive appearance and the versatility of its production means a terrazzo tile, whatever the colour or texture, is always the right choice.

What is a terrazzo tile?

Terrazzo tiles consist of chips of a suitable material such as marble, quartz or glass as examples, mixed with a cementitious substance to create its distinctive appearance. Versatile in nature, terrazzo tiles can come in a range of different colours, textures, sizes and shapes to allow it to fit into any design scheme while promoting a handmade vibe.

 

The origins

The appearance of terrazzo tiles, with its cementitious base, often brings forward images of industrial design; however, terrazzo has far more ancient roots. From the mosaic features of Egyptian history to ancient Italian architecture, terrazzo design can be viewed throughout the old world. The versatility of terrazzo meant that its method of manufacture fitted perfectly into the buildings of the industrial age, and now, with trends attempting to find a way of adding modern twists on a classic design, the versatility of terrazzo in terms of both colour and texture makes it the perfect tile for any current design project.

 

 

The production process

There are two ways of making terrazzo tiles: the traditional press method or casting. Chippings of choice are placed into a frame and a cementitious mixture, along with the colour, is poured over the top. The mixture is then pressed to remove any air pockets and to ensure the mixture is firmly bonded. The tile is then left to dry and, after the drying process is complete, the tile can be ground down to bring the chippings to the forefront. The tile can then be finished with the desired effect such as honed, polished or brushed. The casting method uses a large block mould which is then filled with aggregate. A resin, which includes both the chippings and dye, is then added. Once set the tiles can be cut to the desired size and shape.

The range

Both methods of manufacturing terrazzo tiles allow for a wide range of versatility to suit any decor project. Our tile experts at Reed Harris are particularly excited by the new neutrals surfacing in this year’s tiles trends. From millennial pinks to sage green, subtle tones are now replacing the neutral greys so popular in previous years. These new trends allow designers the opportunity to put additional twists on classic looks. Replacing traditional polished terrazzo tiles with a brushed effect instead can add to the modern translation of this ancient tiling technique.

Whether you are looking for a classical yet romantic tile resonating from ancient Italy, wishing to evoke more industrial vibes in your decor, or want to add a modern twist to something traditional, at Reed Harris Tiles, we believe terrazzo tiles, with their inherent versatility, are perfect for you. Our tile experts, with their excellent relationships with a number of suppliers, will either source the perfect tile for you or help you create the perfect bespoke tile for your needs. So if you are thinking tiles, think terrazzo!