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We can’t really believe it but 2018 is nearly over and what a whirlwind of a year it’s been! We’ve held multiple pop-up shops, including a kaleidoscopic one with Amelia Carter. And recently a beautifully styled one with MissPrint and Hello Peagreen. Both were brilliant successes and we can’t wait to collaborate with more talented people in the future.

We also embarked on our annual trip to Cersaie where we got a glimpse at the upcoming designs expected to dominate in 2019. To our pleasant surprise we were presented with an abundance of colour! Far from the acres of grey tiles seen in previous. If Cersaie is anything to go by 2019 looks likely to be a year filled with bold colour and interesting shapes!

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Later in the year we launched our brand new website! With a smart search function and a sleek new look, the launch was a great success. To go with our new website, we’ve also published a wealth of blogs including Terrific Terrazzo, Biophilic Design and the fantastic Porcelain Alternatives to Natural Materials.

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We’d like to finish by saying thank you for your amazing support this year. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Have a wonderful festive break and we’ll see you in 2019!

warm tiles for winter

At Reed Harris, we’ve always been huge fans of natural materials such as stone and wood (and their porcelain alternatives) as a superb way of adding warmth to a space.

These kinds of materials bring numerous benefits to any home, and we previously mentioned this, too, in another blog, which looked at biophilic design, or the offering of a reconnection with nature through the use of naturally sourced or nature inspired materials.

Thankfully, nowadays there’s a fantastic wide range of products available which will bring warmth to a home without the cost usually found with stone and wood options.

With our warm tiles for winter, you can start to create a super-cosy space that you will love coming home to.

Here are some of our products that allow you to do just that:

Stile Libero

This offers very ‘busy’ stone markings in three shades of warm grey. The vibe is one of warming up by a real fire after a bracing country walk.

warm tiles for winter

Materia Viva

This hexagonal wood-effect tile with a strong mid-century feel works wonderfully with our Stile Libero. The soft chocolate brown from our Palissandro option is particularly good at creating a warm environment.

warm tiles for winter

Cozy

Get a gentle rustic wood effect with this product – not a log cabin look, nor an engineered one, it has a unique feel that’s all its own.

warm tiles for winter

Connection

This offers wood, clay and stone effects in three different colours with a slightly rippled surface to soften an otherwise relatively hard look.

warm tiles for winter

Waterfall

This provides the simple appearance of slate, with a very textured appeal to lend a rustic edge which doesn’t ditch the temporary completely. For a warming natural look, team up with some Cozy tiles.

warm tiles for winter

We know that the 2018-19 winter is set to be a particularly cold one, with plenty of ice and snow forecast. Give your home a cosier feel so that no matter the weather, you’re always nice and toasty.

Cersaie is an annual industry event that everyone at Reed Harris loves to attend. Our expert team go along each year to see what new tile design trends are being developed. This not only keeps us up to date with the latest industry news but also allows us to pass this onto our customers.

Cersaie 2018 highlights – a different feel

This is always a brilliant event to attend but this year had a very different feel. Instead of the usual grey or beige tiles on show, there was a real emphasis on colour and shapes. The stand-out colours that our team saw were lovely teal, stunning rose and warm terracotta bricks. A new attitude to tile shapes seemed to be present at this year’s Cersaie also. From triangles to diamonds and hexagons, there was a really fresh approach in this area.

What else did Cersaie 2018 have to offer?

With so much to see, it was more a case of what it didn’t offer. Floral patterns on small tiles were a great example of this – being on the smaller sized tile really made the floral element suitable for any space. Mixing plain and patterned tiles for total impact was something that our team saw a lot of as well. There was lots of interesting textures to take in too – this looks a popular trend still and is one that can really add some tactile fun to any room. Monochrome was also on show at Cersaie again this year, a tile effect we still love.

Handmade styles could be the next big thing

One thing that the Reed Harris team noticed a lot of this year was a move towards more traditional handmade style tiles. This seemed to involve using terracotta or terrazzo to craft stunning artisan type products. Terrazzo, in particular, seemed very much in – this includes porcelain terrazzo effect styles and also ones made from real terrazzo.

The porcelain style tile was one that really caught our eye. One amazing thing with these tiles is that they can be grouted within the lines for a fabulous textured look. In addition, they can be mixed together to create various patterns and shapes on your wall.

Large format porcelain tiles were also something that we liked the look of. These are able to replicate the look of natural materials like marble in amazing new ways whilst being easy to look after.

Cersaie 2018 – a great event

There is no doubt that this year’s Cersaie was a fantastic event full of new shapes, colours and ideas. We are looking forward to using some of what we saw to give our customers the best choice of the freshest tiles around. Browse our website today to find the perfect tiles for your wall.

Interior decorating purists may well feel that there’s no substitute to beat the outstanding appearance of natural marble or wood. However, a little research will highlight a variety of porcelain alternatives that replicate natural materials and can look just as good as the real thing.

What to consider when using the real marble and wood

Marble tiles and slabs look absolutely stunning when first installed. It is a porous material so will require sealing during installation to minimalise staining. If not maintained correctly the appearance of marble can deteriorate. Professional cleaning and resealing can sometimes be necessary, particularly in hard water areas where limescale build up can be a problem. So it is important to thoroughly clean surfaces on a regular basis to avoid this.

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A natural wood floor is warm and inviting but can potentially be susceptible to scratching due to its softness. It can also stain and absorb water so is therefore not a waterproof solution in wet areas. If you want the real thing but are concerned about maintenance why not have a look at the many porcelain effect tiles that we have to offer.

Benefits of marble-effect porcelain tiles

There are a number of high-quality marble-effect porcelain tiles available nowadays. They truly do offer a wonderful interpretation of real marble, even down to the veining. Once fitted, it can be quite difficult to identify the difference between marble-effect porcelain tiles and genuine marble.

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Porcelain wood-effect tiles

We believe that porcelain wood-effect tiling is a durable alternative to real wood flooring or walls. These porcelain tiles have the appearance of real wood complete with beautiful grains and texture. They are an ideal waterproof solution for wet areas of homes or businesses. This wood-effect tiling won’t warp or stain in wet conditions, unlike genuine wood. Other benefits from porcelain alternatives are that they don’t easily show dirt and can be used with all underfloor heating options.

porcelain alternatives to natural materials blog

Porcelain tiles are the perfect alternative to natural materials. They provide an easy care solution for busy homeowners and will look absolutely beautiful for many years. Porcelain tiles are available in a wide variety of designs and styles and offer a contemporary alternative to natural materials, providing a durable and affordable solution for stunning internal or exterior decor.

porcelain alternatives to natural materials blog

Reed Harris are proud to promote our range of marble and wood-effect porcelain tiles. Tile designs offer a variety of outstanding finishes that brilliantly replicate their real marble or genuine wood counterparts. Take the time to browse our entire range today to find out more.

Every year when September comes round London’s design scene is alive with activity as the annual Design Week kicks off. For us it’s one of our favourite times of year, as people from all sectors of the industry get together to showcase their latest and greatest. Hosting exciting events and collaborate on ambitious installations. This year we decided to put on a little event ourselves. We collaborated with the fabulous wallpaper producer MissPrint, and Mary Middleton from Hello Peagreen – a leading design and travel blog.

In order to give our showroom a fresh new look for the pop-up shop, we asked Mary to create a series of moodboards. Mary used a combination of our tiles and colour swatches, along with paints from Little Greene. This was all anchored by a MissPrint wallpaper for each moodboard. The completed schemes went into the various boxes that adorn our King’s Road showroom walls.

missprint pop-up

Mary did a stellar job and it wasn’t long before our showroom transformed into a bright and beautiful space. Fortunately for Mary, we’ve got a large range of samples. This gave her plenty of opportunity to get really creative. Mary picked out lot’s of tile designs to compliment the wallpapers and complete each box.

That’s not to say that we didn’t get involved in some of the fun as well. With Mary’s welcomed guidance, we styled up a series of schemes of our own. Mary got us to really think outside of the box – pun intended – forcing us to step outside our comfort zone. The schemes were based on the original theme of the existing moodboards but with a healthy injection of mid-century and scandinavian design. Having the wallpapers from MissPrint at the back of each box gave us something to focus on as the centre for each scheme. In the end we were very happy with the results and felt that the boxes flowed really well together. There was a clear synergy between them all which gave the overall wall a fabulously succinct look.

missprint pop-up

Another fun thing that we did was to ask our audience to come into the King’s Road showroom and create a moodboard of their own. Anyone who came could start fresh with one of the boxes. Using all the products we had available, they could leave their own personal mark on the wall. The best would also be in for a chance to win one of the fabulous MissPrint cushions we had on display!

We had so much fun at our pop-up and it was such a pleasure to collaborate with Hello Peagreen and MissPrint. Our showroom looked absolutely gorgeous and we loved the results of the collaboration. So much so that we’ve kept most of the boxes up! Stay tuned for more exciting collaborations to come in the future.