Who would have thought I’d be writing a blog post on ‘beige’? Now those that know me (and my home) know I’ve long been a fan of simplistic, Scandinavian style interiors that ooze cool tones of grey and white. However lately I’ve been totally drawn in by these warmer hues. My Pinterest boards are full of them. ‘Beige’ as a word is off-putting admittedly, usually associated with being boring and drab. However, this word does perfectly encompass a most desirable spectrum of off-whites, sandy hues, camel tones, taupes, nudes, milky creams, biscuit shades and oatmeal. These ‘new neutrals’ are just so easy on the eye, elegant too, and definitely more cosy than the cooler greys. Now I’m not saying the ever popular ‘grey’ has had its day just yet, but these warmer tones are certainly giving it a run for its money.
Beige needn’t live up to it’s name either. We’re not talking old school beige; bland interiors with yellow toned-magnolia paint and dreary fabrics. We are talking of new nature inspired neutrals with clean interior lines and pops of colour. Combine with vintage pieces, sharp accents of black and plenty of texture including wood, concrete, linen and pattern.
Tiles are the perfect way to introduce these tones, from subtle and stylish wall tiles to flooring that will provide the perfect neutral back drop. Here are our favourites.
This limestone tile is the absolute top choice for warm, neutral flooring. Our ever-popular ‘Dijon’ tumbled limestone tile is available in various formats and boasts a gently tumbled edge, giving it a slightly antique finish.
This porcelain tile is part of our stylish ‘Oblique’ collection which is a brick format tile range suitable for both walls and floors. The decor patterns have been real winners over the past year, but the neutral porcelain base tiles such as this ‘Oblique Sand’ should be real contenders for adding warmth to an interior. They offer a gorgeous textured surface too.
The beautiful white and grey tones of our Carrara, Calacatta and Alsace marble tiles are truly timeless, however marble offers an array of warmer tones too. Adding warmth and sophistication to a wide range of spaces, many of our marbles are offered as ‘honed’ marble tiles and ‘polished’ marble tiles.
Taking the inside out with flooring is what we all want right now! Our outdoor porcelain tile collection continues to grow, with many options for continuing exactly the same material and format from inside to out. Our ‘Industry’ porcelain tile collection cleverly replicates the look of concrete, offering a range of greys as well as this soft, stylish ‘Sand’ tone.
I’ve seen a few recently completed projects using this stone and absolutely love it. Understated and the perfect ‘beige’, this Portuguese limestone tile is a charming option.
At this time of year our new products are beginning to arrive ready for their official launch in a few months and yes, you’ve guessed it, they’ll most definitely be plenty of warmer shades on offer. I look forward to sharing them with you very soon. For now, you can view a few of the early arrivals of new tiles here.
You can view our full range of tiles online, including limestone, porcelain and marble tiles. Our new catalogue of products is coming out soon – sign up to our newsletter to be notified first when it’s released.