which enables them to produce these huge – and very thin – tiles, sized up to 120 x 260 cm and just 6.5 mm thick. Many of the new collections were showcased at last autumn’s Cersaie event – an interior trade show hosted in Bologna, Italy – and, while this size won’t suit all homes, especially more compact UK houses, it is set to have a big impact.

In general, the use of large format tiles has proved to be popular for a number of reasons. Firstly, as a way of creating an illusion of space in smaller rooms – especially bathrooms. The bigger tiles mean there are less joins and grout lines, therefore the finish is more seamless. In addition, the reduction in grout lines means less cleaning and maintenance. Another tiling option, which has been traditionally seen as a high-end product, is about to see its popularity broadened across a much wider market. Natural marble is often linked with lavish homes, but it has recently enjoyed a new lease of life thanks to the advances of inkjet printing, with its detailing and veining being perfectly reproduced on ceramic tiles. This was also showcased at the Cersaie 2017 event, many stands featured a new generation of marble- effect tiles, often in a statuario design, which features a white background and

sparse dark grey or gold veining. Geometric patterns and effects have been big news in recent years and now we’re reaching the next stage with more unusually shaped tile shapes – such as rhomboid and triangular – becoming more prevalent and we expect to see even more of this coming through. In terms of shape, 2017 saw a huge rise in chevron tiles for floors, and so it was no

The latest addition to the Ultralite® family: Ultralite®


Announcing the latest addition to the Ultralite®

D2 from Mapei is

a ready-mixed, lightweight and brilliant white adhesive for ceramic wall tiles, ideal for areas such as residential and commercial showers and wetrooms. Ultralite®

D2 is a

ready to use paste and has excellent initial grab. The viscosity of the paste enables easy trowelling on to vertical surfaces, providing excellent coverage when fixing larger tiles. Ultralite®

D2 can be used for installing porous bodied ceramic tiles and

mosaics onto internal walls and highly deformable substrates in both commercial and domestic areas, fixing tiles to plasterboard, plaster walls and tile backer boards, as well as painted surfaces or existing tile surfaces.

0121 508 6970 British Ceramic Tile looks ahead

The trends for 2018 are a tale of two stories according to British Ceramic Tile’s in house design team. On one side you have faded grandeur; interiors that have aged over time revealing an inner beauty. Surfaces are worn and distressed revealing layers of visual interest for a textural, natural look within an organic colour palette. As a complete contrast, metals and mirrored effects continue to play a key role within design schemes, bringing opulence and decoration. Strong lines and grids are also a key focus, alongside deep dark shades of matt black to amplify the monochrome trend. The trends influencing interior spaces and surfaces in 2018 are; Texture in abundance –Walls appear as though they are crumbling, revealing layers of interest. Paint-effects such as ombre and dip-dyes deliver rustic charm while natural stone effects continue to bring renewed textual interest. Sumptuous surfaces – Following on from the structured look seen last year, surfaces have developed becoming three- dimensional with raised surfaces bringing shadow and depth to interior spaces. Mirrored-effects and metallics – Reflective surfaces will be in demand in 2018, with mirrored accents and antiqued glass transforming interior spaces. Brass is back – Art Deco influences have given rise to a new metallic that is set to mesmerise interiors – brass. A warm, refined metal, brass changes gradually over time to reveal new depths. march/april 2018 53

surprise to see chevron wall tiles also emerging late last year.

Ultimately, new advancements in the production of tiles are presenting interior designers and homeowners with more choice than ever before, offering the ability to create a truly standout design.

Peter Vann is director of Ceramique Internationale

CRL Stone launches Ceralsio tiles

Ceralsio tiles from CRL Stone are made from porcelain, a hardwearing, nonporous material that makes the ideal floor surface for all areas of the home, including the kitchen and bathroom. Flooring in the bathroom needs to be water-proof, easy to clean and hard wearing. Ceralsio from CRL Stone is a porcelain surface that meets all these requirements. Durable and non-porous, Ceralsio is the ideal material for use in the bathroom, available in two

thicknesses – 6mm for wall cladding and 10mm for floor tiling – and a large choice of tile sizes from 30 x 30cm to 150 x 300cm. Available in 25 colours, Ceralsio tiles tap into the latest trends in interior design.

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