UK: Bathroom Tiles: Bathroom Tile Manufacturers & Suppliers
ABOUT BATHROOM TILES
Separate ranges of bathroom tiles are available for walls and floors; some suppliers offer co-ordinated ranges providing matching bathroom tiles for walls and floors. Bathroom tiles now available go far beyond the traditional square white glazed ceramic bathroom tile. Numerous coloured and patterned bathroom tiles are available. There is now also a wide choice of ceramic bathroom tiles simulating natural materials such as stone, slate, and marble. These bathroom tiles are available in matt, gloss, and textured surfaces. Glass bathroom tiles are another increasingly popular option. Leading UK suppliers of bathroom tiles are profiled below the panel of sponsored links.
CHOOSING BATHROOM TILES
Before choosing bathroom tiles, you need to decide on the overall look of the bathroom. The four most popular styles are Victorian, Art Deco, Rustic, and Contemporary.
There is much to be said for matching the bathroom style to the actual period of the property. For example, a Victorian house, which already has Victorian detailing in its doors, skirting boards, and cornices, will look well with a Victorian style bathroom. Similarly a house built in the twenties or thirties will look well with an Art Deco style bathroom. And any house built since the Second World War will look well with a Contemporary bathroom. While you may want to put a contemporary bathroom into an old house, we would advise strongly against putting a period bathroom into a modern house; it just won't look right.
Victorian style bathroom tiles will typically be white six inches square, or six inches by three inches laid overlapping horizontally in a 'brick wall' pattern. They will usually go only part way up a wall, with a simple decorative edge moulding laid above the top row of bathroom tiles. For a more elaborate decorative effect, a patterned strip of tiles can be laid immediately below this top moulding.
Art Deco bathroom tiles are usually white six inches or four inches square. They may have a geometric (usually black and white) edge pattern laid above the top row of bathroom tiles. This Art Deco approach can be carried through into Art Deco sinks and baths (often with a geometric, octagonal design) and chrome taps with geometric Art Deco handles.
Rustic bathroom tiles have a Mediterranean look, often with an irregular surface and imperfect edges. Bold colours, reminiscent of Mediterranean sea, sky and earth can be used. This look works best in country or seaside settings.
Contemporary bathroom tiles are plain white or colour. They may also simulate, or be made from, stone such as limestone or granite. There is wide variety of colours available, but we would advise against the use of bold colours in bathroom tiles for contemporary bathrooms. Bold colours can date, and it is a very expensive job to replace all the bathroom tiles. Much better to use white or a pale colour for the bathroom tiles, and bring bold colour through towels, blinds, or other easily replaced items.
LEADING BATHROOM TILE MANUFACTURERS & SUPPLIERS
British Ceramic Tile: Bathroom Tiles. British Ceramic Tile is a British manufacturer of ceramic tiles based in Devon. The company is proud of its relationship with Dartmoor, which provides the materials used to make its tiles. The company was formed in 1998, using the assets of Candy Tiles which were bought out of receivership by the Austrian founder and executive chairman Konrad Goess-Saurau. More than £60m has been subsequently invested, without any Government subsidy, to create a state-of-the-art tile production facility. The factory now produces 3.5m square metres of tiles a year under the Laura Ashley, Wet by Hemingway Design, Candy Tile Company, and British Ceramic Tile brands. It also manufacturers own brand tiles for Homebase, Focus, and Topps Tiles. The design team, led by Creative Director Sheila Elliott, aims to produce tiles inspired by Britain's urban and rural landscapes.
RAK Ceramics: Bathroom Tiles. RAK Ceramics, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, is one of the world's largest manufacturers of tiles and bathroom ceramics. Its UK subsidiary is based in Petersfield, Hampshire. The RAK Ceramics tile range includes Glazed Porcelain, Polished Porcelain, High-Gloss, and Salt & Pepper. Co-ordinated ceramic wall and floor tiles are available in finishes which simulate natural materials including Rustic, Cotto, Stone, Brick, Marble, Slate, and Mosaic. The Stone range offers wall tiles in a choice of plain grey or beige. The Slate range offers ten different shades of slate from dark grey to ivory. The RAK Ceramics range also includes wood effect wall tiles in Medium Yellow Matt, Medium Brown Glossy, and Light Ivory Glossy finishes. RAK Ceramics bathroom tiles may be bought online at discount prices at the RAK Ceramics UK website; delivery is free on orders over £250.
Topps Tiles: Bathroom Tiles. Since opening its first specialist tile centre in Manchester in 1963, Topps Tiles has become one of the UK's leading retailers of bathroom and kitchen tiles, through its 250 stores and online. It offers a choice of hundreds of bathroom tiles, in more than 60 ranges. A well laid out and comprehensive website enables users to search for tiles by room, material, pattern, colour, size, finish, and indoor/outdoor. There are separate sections for bathroom wall tiles and bathroom floor tiles. The choice of materials includes: Natural Stone, Porcelain, Granite, Travertine, Limestone, Ceramic, Slate, Marble, and Glass. The choice of finishes includes: Matt, Satin, Glass, Gloss, Rustic, and Textured. The Topps Tiles website offers tools and adhesives for bathroom tiles; it also offers a store finder and a set of articles providing online advice for do-it-yourselfers.
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