TV designer George Bond extols virtues of tiles
PUBLISHED: 17:32 06 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:30 20 February 2013
This month our celebrity designer, George Bond, from Brandling Park Interior Design in Newcastle, looks at how they can be used throughout the home. Pictures courtesy of Porcelanosa North East, Scotswood Road, Newcastle
Tiles. Their wipe-clean surface is irrefutably convenient in bathrooms and kitchens, but these days they come in all manner of shapes, sizes and textures and can be used throughout the home.
As the housing market is still relatively slow, increasingly people are turning towards interior designers for advice on how to improve their current properties. We are constantly receiving enquiries from homeowners who are quite simply looking to improve, not to move.
Tiles are an effective way of modernising and breathing life into your living space and can play a huge part in a homes makeover. And they need not be limited to the bathroom and kitchen area.
Try incorporating the same floor tiling to the outside of your property as the interior to create a contemporary and luxurious space and enable a smooth transition between the two areas.
Open up the whole house, by making maximum use of outside areas, whether it be decking, a patio or a garden. For instance, terracotta tiles provide the perfect backdrop for low seating, a chiminea or barbecue area.
Even the smallest of spaces arent exempt from being adorned with beautiful tiling. Add vertically striped tiles to magically heighten the room and achieve the illusion of elevated ceilings. Materials like travertine and stone can also work wonders in creating sensationally spellbinding spaces, there not as expensive as you may think.
Natural light plays an extremely important role in defining spaces and framing views along with shaping moods and ambience. Undersized rooms can feel cramped and claustrophobic, but the brilliance of streamlined white glazed tiles creates a feeling of infinity. Strategically place glossy tiles to bounce light around a room, illuminating the darkest of corners.
For a more luxurious look, glass floor tiling can work wonderfully allowing light to travel through a number of storeys.
Under foot, particularly in the kitchen, I recommend the non-slip ceramic flooring which adapts beautifully and is also scratch, fire and water resistant, the most common factors that wreak havoc in the kitchen.
And, no need to worry about chilly feet often associated with tiled floors, as the advances in cost-effective under-floor heating systems create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. Tile suppliers such as Porcelanosa offer an under-tile heating system which essentially acts as an electric blanket. Relatively quick and easy to fit under the tiles, the system has the sole purpose of warming ceramic and natural stone floors.
Of course, fresh tiles can work wonders when smartening up the bathroom. Porcelanosa has created a tile made entirely from mother of pearl. A white tile, featuring a wavy pattern with a lustre finish, it produces a simple yet chic background which can be easily accessorized with colourful extras such as towels and foliage, which can then be tweaked to match the seasonal trends.
The exciting news for us in the North East is that Porcelanosa have opened a brand new show room on Scotswood Road, perfect for inspiration and to serve those in the region who are keen to improve their homes.
Originally founded in Valencia, Porcelanosa enjoys an international reputation for creating hand crafted tiles of the highest quality, so its a real boost to have one of their showrooms in our doorstep.
George Bond is the National Director for the Society of British Interior Designers (SBID) as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is director and founder of Brandling Park Interior Design Ltd, based in Jesmond, Newcastle. As well as sending sample cuttings to clients houses and providing advice, Brandling Park Interior Design is
able to supply fabrics and wall coverings directly from nationally and internationally renowned designers.
For further information visit www.georgebond.tv or call 0191 281 7799.