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From fashion to interiors, the cottagecore trend has taken the world by storm. The charming aesthetic is focused on creating a cosy respite that is centred around slow living and pastoral features. But what is the trend and what key features can you incorporate into your home to replicate this aesthetic?

What is cottagecore?

Cottagecore is a trend that focuses on domestic living, peacefulness and creativity. It’s a charming and dreamy aesthetic that strives to incorporate sustainability with minimising the stresses of daily life. So, how does that apply to interior design?

Cottagecore works well in homes, with nods to nostalgia and pared-down rooms that remind you to slow down and savour the little moments. Think less technology, more spaces to recharge and relax. And it doesn’t take a major overhaul of your current home to create a cottagecore look.

Use natural materials

Nature and the cottagecore trend go hand in hand, so it’s a common feature of homes adopting this trend to make use of the likes of wood, wicker, hemp fabrics or stone and slate. From wooden furniture covered with warm woollen blankets to wicker baskets and large natural stone floor tiles, there are various ways to include natural materials into your home and layering is very much encouraged with this style.

Include floral patterns

Bring nature inside with florals, both real and patterns, such as in art around the home, textiles and wallpaper. Floral patterns evoke a romantic ambiance and country-style cottage feel and fuse the outdoors with inside. It’s a great way of adding organic warmth year-round to different rooms in your home, especially when coupled with an abundance of real plants for added greenery and an ethereal touch.

Seek out antiques

Antique furniture and vintage décor items work really well with this interior style, creating a nostalgic farmhouse look that cottagecore is known for. But you can also use this as inspiration if you don’t want to buy antiques. For example, Victorian tiles add a vintage feel to living rooms and kitchens, and they’re ideal if you want to keep the rest of the room fairly minimal but with a touch of pattern and colour.

Play with colour

Earth tones and floral pastels pair brilliantly with the cottagecore aesthetic, and with this trend, you can play more with colour and texture to create an eclectic palette. With cottagecore, focus on natural colours such as green, yellow and creams paired with pastel floral colours. If you have a neutral colour scheme already, you can add to it with key colourful pieces that will make a statement.

Experiment with different areas of the home

The living room is often the first thought when it comes to interior design, but cottagecore is a trend that works in a variety of rooms. From cosy bedrooms that make use of layered materials and soft furnishings, to using vintage china and florals in the kitchen and decorative patterned tiles in the bathroom, think about features you can update in each room for an eclectic yet cohesive look.

Final thoughts

Cottagecore has really flourished over the past year since more people have been craving calmness and serenity in light of the pandemic and uncertainty. But the great news is that its popularity has remained, and the charming nature-inspired look can work with many styles of home décor. From natural materials and colours to incorporating florals and vintage-inspired patterns and products, there are various ways you can add a cottage feel to your property, and it’s a style that works in any room of the house.

If you’d like advice on the best tiles to choose for your kitchen, bathroom or elsewhere in your home, the team at The Stone Tile Emporium can help. Get in touch with us today.

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If your bathroom has seen better days, 2021 could be the year to finally do something about it.

After all, there’s nothing worse than having to wash and clean yourself in an area you don’t feel as comfortable in as you used to – sometimes you simply have to say enough is enough and do something about it.

However, when it comes to redesigning your bathroom, choosing the right tiles to use can be a difficult decision for many. This is not only because of how frequently trends come and go, but also due to the huge number of designs there are available to choose from.

So, with this in mind, we thought we’d help make the decision process easier for you. Join us as we run through four of 2021’s most popular tile trends, highlighting the key ones to think about if you’re planning on redesigning your bathroom later this year.

1. Subway Tiles

While some people may think the traditional design of subway designs may be boring, 2021 looks to be the year they’re brought back into fashion.

This is due to the new range of sizes they are fast-becoming available in – much thicker, longer and larger than we have seen before.

These styles, combined with a contrasting grout colour, can now transform dull into delightful, especially when installed in such a way to create a unique pattern or mosaic pattern within the bathroom.

2. Hexagonal Tiles

While on the topic of unusually shaped tiles, hexagonal porcelain tiles are becoming more and more popular with consumers around the UK.

Therefore, if you’re keen on giving your bathroom a bit more of a geometric pattern, hexagonal-shaped tiles can do exactly that, creating a truly unique look in your bathroom.

Whether you choose to use them on the floor of your shower or on a standalone wall, these tiles provide an abundance of choice over the style you want to achieve for your bathroom.

You could even go one step further by combining an array of differently coloured tiles to create elaborate accents in tune with your bathroom’s overall colour scheme.

3. Matte Tiles

Another type of tile which appears to have significantly grown in popularity in recent times is the matte tile. These tiles offer a soft but highly powerful style that won’t look too overwhelming in a bathroom, like some glossy ceramics can.

And, while they may be slightly duller in appearance, they more than make up for it in the practicality of their design, with water stains invisible on them when they are installed correctly.

This, in turn, makes them to ideal choice for flooring in the bathroom, especially if you have a lot of room to play with.

4. Graphic Patterns

Retro is officially back.

More and more people are now investing in graphic patterns for their bathroom tiles, utilising a range of colours, patterns and designs to really show off their space.

Victorian tiles, for instance, offer homeowners the creative freedom to put their imagination to use and come up with bold designs truly unique to their own home.

What’s more, these patterns are being seen on both ceramic and porcelain-style tiles, enabling you to control just how glossy or bold you want your designs to come across.

Final Thoughts…

If you’re still feeling a little stuck on which bathroom tiles is right for you, don’t worry – our team here at The Stone Tile Emporium are always on hand to help.

Simply contact us at your earliest convenience and we’ll be able to answer any questions you may have, before helping you identify the best tiles to suit both your personal and budgetary requirements.

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We’re all after that luxurious finish when it comes to tiling, whether it’s a contemporary home or something a little more antique. However, achieving luxury in a contemporary home can be quite tough, especially with so much to compete with in the market. Here are a few luxury stone flooring ideas that might give your contemporary kitchen or bathroom the sparkle it needs to reach new heights.

Glamour

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Glamour and contemporary go hand-in-hand, so going for something that dazzles or sparkles could work particularly well. Once the mirror effect of your shiny stone tile attracts the natural light of your bathroom, it creates a shimmering atmosphere that compliments any modern bathroom design.

Urban Chic

Urban chic is really growing in popularity. The slate flooring effect means that bathrooms and kitchens are now adopting a unique design that compliments the idea of natural stone. With the addition of some exposed brickwork and wooden cabinets or furnishings, you could create a beautifully luxurious urban environment in your bathroom without substantial expenditure.

Scandinavian

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The Scandinavian effect incorporates plenty of wooden features as well as cubic furnishings and no short amount of natural light. With the addition of some naturals tone tiles, you can create a spa-like atmosphere that lives up to the demands of luxurious contemporary bathrooms. A touch of the outdoors, such as plant life, shells or stones will also work really well here.

For more information on our wide range of slate tiles and more, get in touch with us today or visit our shop in Reigate, and we’ll take you through our unrivalled collection of natural stone.

Bathroom decoration takes time and often incorporates various attractive tiling features, from glass mosaics to unique natural stone. Of course, there are many things that need to be considered before you start purchasing your tiling, such as whether or not it suits a wet location. You also need to consider what size you’ll be going with. Remember that smaller tiles generally provide better grip, although you can also get larger tiles with effective slip-resistance. Here are a few other things to consider regarding shower tiles.

Tiling also contributes to the feel of the shower. Remember that if you’re tiling somewhere you are likely to sit, such as in a miniature sauna or shower room, the tiling should be larger and possibly incorporate a curved finish. Smaller tiles are more likely to be uncomfortable.

If style and design is your prime concern, think about tiling your shower area with two different tiles. This could be two different types of texture or simply a varied selection of colour. You could even go for some glass mosaics to give you more flexibility when creating unique shower room design ideas.

A final tip for your shower tiling project would be to choose carefully when going for mosaic tiles. You shouldn’t just rely on the gluey substance on the back of mosaics as they can quite easily slip. Contact between the back board and the mosaic tile is essential and leads to a seamlessly stunning installation.

 

If you’re someone who loves to get involved in arts & crafts activities, you’ve probably got an interest in creating wonderful mosaic or tiling designs with the help of some spare tiles that often go unused. It’s always recommended that you look to get hold of a few spare tiles before a tiling job, as you may require replacements due to damage or you might be unaware of the exact measurements. So if you do have some left over, here are three other uses of natural stone tiles that we’ve come across in the past that are great for those with a creative mind!

Tabletops

If you’re looking to put a smart tabletop somewhere in your home, such as in the hallway or possibly even the front room, you can improve its interior design potential by decorating the surface with coloured stone tiles. Simply apply your preferred paint to the stone tiles, whether they’re still intact or not, and decorate your tabletop with them!

Necklaces

You can create a stunning piece of jewellery with the help of some spare stone tiles as well. Start by cutting your preferred shape from the tile you have left over and proceed to decorate however way you like! Once you’ve got hold of the finished article, place a hole in the top centre area of the tile so it can be sued with a chain.

Coaster

Are you having trouble with tea or drink stains as a result of having no coasters? Stone tiles are perfect for placing drinks on, especially hot drinks such as tea or coffee. Place a thin, fabric material underneath the tile to act as the surface of your coaster and proceed to decorate the top as you see fit.

Glass mosaics are an excellent choice of tile for anyone who wants something a little more flamboyant, although not so much to dampen the clean appearance of any modern kitchen or bathroom space.

One of the biggest pluses associated with glass mosaics is that they aren’t likely to fade out of fashion or look particularly dated in the next few decades or so. They work extremely well with any modern interior design, so you can rest assured that a preference for glass mosaics will work in your favour should you choose to sell in the future.

Choosing glass mosaics takes time and should include plenty of consideration for your preferred colour, design and shape. Here at the Stone Tile Emporium, we have a wide range of glass mosaic options available to suit a variety of interior design preferences, such as Contemporary Chic or Iridescent Pearl.

Every type of glass mosaic we have offers a unique blend of colours and themes, giving you an alternative to the standard features of natural stone tiling. If there’s anything that could potentially become dated in future with glass mosaics, it’s likely to be the shape. Rectangular tiles in general may fade away in time but we’re always on top of the latest design trends here at the Stone Tile Emporium.

So should you go with glass mosaics for your home? It’s an easy yes in our opinion, as you get all sorts of exciting features that this kind of tiling is associated with, all of which are capable of lighting up both traditional and modern living spaces.

To learn more about our glass mosaics here at the Stone Tile Emporium, contact us today on 01737 210125. We look forward to hearing from you.

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If you’re eager to decorate your home with some stunning natural stone tiling, you should probably start by considering which rooms will benefit most from limestone, slate, travertine or possibly even marble.

Natural stone tiles are great if you want to bring an abundance of character to your home, whether its a contemporary layout or something grade-listed and antique.

Here are three less obvious rooms in any household that can benefit from stone tiling:

1. Conservatory

If you’re tired of a concrete conservatory floor or having trouble with rotting wood, natural stone tiles are a great flooring alternative. Natural stone tiles bring a certain warmth to any room, though it works brilliantly from the comfort of a conservatory armchair whilst you enjoy the outdoor scenery.

2. Entrance Hall/ Hallway

The hallway is often overlooked when it comes to interior decor, with people happy to lay down some carpet or natural wooden flooring without worrying too much. On the other hand, a beautifully decorated entrance hall with limestone flooring  can really set the tone of any successful interior design atmosphere.

3. Laundry Room

If you’re lucky enough to have a designated laundry room, you might consider decorating the walls and floors with natural stone tiling that reflects the general atmosphere of the room. If it’s near the kitchen, stone tiles that mirror the design aspects of next door can really enhance the continuity of your home.

 

 

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It’s about time we looked at some of the outstanding bathroom interior design ideas that are currently doing the rounds, especially as a lot of the natural stone tiles that we supply contribute significantly to the style of a bathroom, whether it’s something contemporary or a classic period design. Here are three wonderful bathroom interior design ideas that make the most of natural stone, from marble to mosaics.

The Subway Tile Design

I bet you never thought you’d take a subway-style tiling method and place it in your bathroom? It seems to work really well in this case however, with glistening rectangular, uniquely regimented tiles providing the backdrop to a beautiful marble bathtub, alongside wooden storage compartments and antique-style tabletops.

The Bathroom Fireplace

A bathroom fireplace doesn’t only provide you with added warmth; it also acts as a wonderful interior design feature. This classic element works wonderfully with hexagonal mosaic tiles on the floor, alongside a classic bathtub with period features and lighting effects throughout.

The Contemporary/Vintage Crossover

Laminate wooden flooring, sleek windows and a rectangular shape consistent throughout the room are all associated with contemporary bathrooms; yet throwing in a stunning Romanesque marble bathtub and vintage appliances seems to work wonders. Natural lighting is supplied by large windowed balcony doors.

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There are a number of things you can add to your bathroom once you’ve installed your natural stone tiles for the first time and some of them really help to enhance the natural atmosphere.

On the other hand, you might be interested in decorating your tiled walls with something a little more comical or flamboyant. Either way, here are some great bathroom wall decorations we think work well with natural stone.

Slate tiling is quite a dark, bland form of stone that offers its own unique natural design. However, spicing it up with some attractive decorations can improve the atmosphere of your bathroom with ease.

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A contemporary mirror would really stand out in such a modernised bathroom style; whilst you could possible even incorporate a few canvas portraits that resemble the surroundings. So if slate is your chosen tile, think modern and contemporary with your decorations.

Another popular choice of stone in bathrooms is limestone tiling, which can be used to create both a contemporary and period-style bathroom space.

If you’ve gone for something a little more classic, why not decorate the walls with a wonderfully Romanesque towel handle, or possible a beautifully designed candle holder? Either way, limestone looks great when you’ve gone wild with bathroom decorations, so designate a style choice and start decorating!

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We thought it would be a good idea to remind you of some of the benefits of having natural stone tiles as part of your interior design plan, especially as the summer holidays often go hand in hand with various household construction projects. If you’ve considered making the most of our vast natural stone range here at the Stone Tile Emporium for parts of your property, here are some of the reasons why it’s such a popular alternative to other forms of flooring.

Appearance

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Stone Tiles offer a wide variety of different styles and finishes and promote a unique elegance and luxury which can’t be replicated by any other type of tiling or flooring. Stone tiling is different every time, so you also know that no one else in the world has the style you’ve gone for! It is a classy, high quality alternative to carpets and wooden flooring, whilst it also has a historic demeanour with various fossils shaped over millions of years often still visible in the stone.

Maintenance

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Stone Tiles need to be sealed before and after their installation. Once you do this, you don’t have to treat them again for up to two years.  They are extremely easy to look after and the sealing procedure isn’t as difficult as it sounds either.

Atmospheric

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Stone Tiles are great all year round as they can help cope with both the hotter and colder seasons. However, Stone Tiles create a sense of warmth wherever they are used, so during the winter with the addition of a warm, cosy fire, you’ll certainly feel a lot more comfortable surrounded by some beautiful stone tiles.

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