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    Wood effect porcelain tiles

    These hardwearing, easy to clean tiles have been growing in popularity for the last four or five years and are now a firm favourite. Capturing the natural beauty of wood and offering low maintenance and durability … they are perfect for kitchens, hallways, living areas and bathrooms.

    Styles are plentiful – contemporary, rustic, reclaimed, traditional, country, Scandinavian, driftwood and painted, no matter what look you want to create there is something to suit every interior.

    As for sizes, again plenty of choice, widths generally start from around 10cm and lengths up to 180cm. The tiles can also be fixed in numerous patterns, 70/30 brick bond is popular and herringbone style is an emerging trend. Some ranges also come in a mix of widths.

    Full of the character of natural wood but with the added benefits of being more resistant to water, stains, scratches and dents, plus easy to clean, wood effect porcelain has much to offer. One other benefit, tiles work perfectly with underfloor heating and hold the heat for longer than other flooring.

    “Metro” or brick shaped tiles

    The Metro name comes from being used in underground train stations and at present these ever popular brick shaped tiles are the tile of choice for most kitchens. The basic white version is thought by some to be a bit clinical, but these ceramic tiles now come in an amazing choice of size, colour and finish making them a great option for any style of décor. Either bevel edged or flat, these rectangular tiles can transform and enhance any setting!

    Bold bright colours are great for a modern look while soft neutrals, blues and greens with either a crackle glaze or textured edge, are perfect for a country feel. They are available in a range of classic heritage colours to complement Victorian or Georgian style interiors and marble versions are gaining in popularity.

    Traditionally laid brick fashion, how about laying them stacked – either horizontally or vertically – for a more contemporary look or maybe even herringbone fashion? Contrasting or matching grout colours can make a huge difference to the overall look also.