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The deVOL Journal

Tiling Trends for 2017

10th January 2017

By Emily Thompson

A New Year brings new tiling trends and we’ve got some great options for your upcoming tiling projects! The main theme is to keep your flooring “organic” and use natural stone and materials to achieve a more unique look. The charm of natural stone is that there are no two tiles that are exactly the same and with certain tiles you can even see little fossils throughout the stone. For most, it is about stripping back and using good quality, hard-wearing products that have been used in homes for centuries. We are really passionate about natural stone flooring and know that this isn’t just a “trend” for the year. Natural stone is always in high demand and in our opinion you really can’t beat the “real thing”.

Relating to nature, another trend is neutral floor tiles, especially when they contrast with interiors of dark greys and charcoals. Keeping flooring fairly neutral usually provides more scope for exploration and experimentation with colour schemes in the area you are tiling. If you want a statement colour on the walls, it is best to keep the flooring muted so you don’t overwhelm the senses. Statement floors can certainly look great but you are more likely to change the colours of the walls and furniture more often than changing your flooring. A brilliant tile, which is very popular with our sister company deVOL Kitchens’ clients, is the Country Mix Tumbled Travertine, with its soft chalky tones complemented by warm copper and grey tones throughout, it sits well in most interiors.

Although natural stone is our speciality, we also have a fantastic range of porcelain which is specially selected to either imitate natural stone or remain simplistic in colour and design. We have a selection of new porcelain tiles which have drawn inspiration from our Dove Grey Limestone as well as the Dijon Limestone and Light Jerusalem Limestone ranges. They come in large format tile sizes which have been gaining popularity throughout 2016 and we expect this to carry on into 2017. These tiles look simply beautiful and even I couldn’t tell they were porcelain at first!

Patterned tiles are making a comeback and we have simple, elegant options which will look beautiful for years to come. Our handmade ceramic tiles are made on site at Cotes Mill by Hannah, our ceramicist. There are tiles with patterns that repeat and also bespoke patterns created by foliage foraged from the stunning Cotes Mill grounds. The tiles create pretty backdrops for sinks and kitchen areas and also look perfect as a feature wall.

One of the biggest trends of the year is marble – with its luxe feel and stunning detail, I am certainly not surprised. The trend is even spreading from tiles to furniture and accessories (Charlie received an imitation marble phone case for Christmas!). Whether it’s matt, tumbled or polished, marble oozes luxury and is a material which will never diminish in popularity. We have a new Bianco Carrara C Honed Marble Splashback tile which looks like a classic metro tile with a sophisticated twist. We know it is certainly going to prove very popular in 2017.

Some interior trends can look outdated in years to come but all of the trends I have mentioned, and all of our tile options, are chosen with longevity in mind. We focus on quality and durability, as well as style and flair. We don’t want you to choose a floor or wall tile with thoughts of changing it in a couple of years – we want you to select tiles that you can still enjoy in years to come. Make sure to contact us if you have any questions or queries regarding your exciting tiling projects for the New Year. Call us on 01509 234000 or email us at

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