Delft Tiles

Delft Tiles

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Country Animals Tiles

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Contemporary Tiles

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Art Wall Tiles

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Tile Murals

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Restoration Tiling

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Harmony Field Tiles

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Planning your installation

Planning what you intend to do is worth spending some time thinking about. Rather than just buying tiles for the square metre for the area you anticipate tiling, time spent considering the possibilities of how you might design the area will help to make the installation look successful and one that you are really pleased with.

For how many tiles to order for an area see: How to order tiles.

Making it work with other fixings

The installation of tiling should look neat, when finished. Taking tiling up to a fitting, such as beneath kitchen wall cupboards rather than leaving a small gap, looks aesthetically more pleasing. Keeping tiling the same height in various areas of a room usually looks better than having several different height lines.

It also looks better to place the fronts of electrical sockets on top of tiles rather than tiling round the edges. Take the tiling just inside and place the cover on top of the tiles.

Which areas should be tiled?

Tiling fulfils several different purposes, including protection, providing a hygienic surface and decoration.

Kitchens

You will need to tile above work surfaces to provide a wipe clean splash back, behind a cooker, range or other stove to prevent heat and steam damage, and behind and around the sink area to make sure that it is waterproof. You may also wish to tile windowsills, where appropriate , to provide further waterproof surfaces to stand plants, etc.

Bathrooms

The important areas to tile are around the wash basin, shelving around the edge of the bath, and shower walls. Basically, it's anywhere that water splashes occur.

Fire surrounds

The primary purpose for tiling in these areas is to protect walls and floors from heat damage. When installing a wood-burning stove, you will need to protect the area behind and to the sides of the stove to prevent the plaster from cracking off, if the walls are quite close to the stove. Tiles will withstand much greater heat than plaster.

Tiles also provide a perfect surface in front of an open fire, preventing damage from ash and in case hot coals or burning.

The budget

If you have a set budget for a project, we can help you to decide how to work within it to create a pleasing installation. We will be able to demonstrate different ways in which you can undertake the tiling project whilst meeting your financial requirements.

Your colour scheme

Linking the colour of your tiling with some already established theme in the room is a good start. If you are planning to install coloured tiles rather than cream or white, then you might consider using colours built around a them, such as greens or browns, for example. On our Harmony page, we show a range of different coloured plain field tiles that can be used together to create an interesting and pleasing effect. Tiles from our Art Wall, Country Animals and Collage ranges can be used as feature tiles will add further appeal.

If you are installing traditional delft tiles, these can be painted in colours other than blue to fit in with your decor. Murals are also possible to create using a predominant colour theme to blend with your colour choice.

What should the style be?

One of the most important considerations is to decide on the style of what you will install. If you are tiling a kitchen, will there be a focal point over the Aga, Rayburn or kitchen stove? If yes, will this be a mural or tile panel? Should there be feature tiles in the kitchen splash back tiling? Is there to be a them running through, such as farm animal designs, for example?

If you are tiling a shower, will you be using a murals for one of the walls? What kind of theme should be used , water, fish, trees, birds?

In the case of a fireplace, it will probably be in a sitting room or lounge and may require individual tiles rather than a mural. If you are using delft tiles, they may need to be in a colour other than traditional blue and white, the tiles may need to be painted in another colour. Francis Ceramics has a wide choice of colours to use for its comprehensive range of delft designs. See our Delft home page.

Finally.....

We can help to make this simple by advising on design, recommending ways to tackle difficult areas and supplying supply samples of glaze and pigment colour.

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