Floor tiles – Cementing the issue

Tiles make a great choice when it comes to covering floors – they’re stylish, durable and in general, pretty easy to maintain. In the past, we’ve tended to think of tiles as purely for kitchens and bathrooms. However these days, we’re copying our Continental cousins and using tiles in almost every room. But with so much choice on offer, it can sometimes be daunting knowing which tile is right for you. After all, tiles come in different shapes, sizes and materials and they’re not born equal. 

It can be easy to get tiles confused – ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, cement and encaustic tiles, particularly as they can look similar. But much of their difference depends on their components and how they’re manufactured. 

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Oh Christmas Tree!

Some prefer the ease of a fake tree, but there’s nothing quite like a real Christmas tree. The smell, the look, the time spent foraging around for the perfect specimen. But there are things to think about when choosing one – watering, needle drop, size, colour, scent and in this day and age, sustainability and ecological considerations. A luxury interior designer will be able to advise on the best types of tree and how to decorate it to create a stunning centre piece for any room or entrance hall.

The main three different types are Fir, Spruce and Pine and within each category, there are specific varieties. Within the Fir family, there is the Nordmann, Balsam, Douglas, White, Noble, Canaan and Fraser. Pines include Scots, Eastern White and Lodgepole. Finally, for Spruce, there is Norway, Serbian and Blue. Each one has its own pros and cons, but a top interior designer will know exactly which one to choose to showcase beautiful Christmas decorations and to create a beautifully festive focal point. 

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