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Floor Show – old vs new

23 October 2020

When it comes to selecting suitable flooring for your project, there are many elements to consider. As well as the material itself, there is the size of the tile, its shape, its thickness, the colour, finish and compatibility for the space. Flooring is one of the biggest investments you can make within a residential or commercial project, so it is essential to get it right first time. Choosing the perfect flooring gives rooms and interior areas instant impact and it can make all the difference to the décor.

At Artisans of Devizes, we are experts in flooring solutions and with such a wide range of materials to help you create different looks, there is something for every scheme, whether large or small, classic or contemporary, demure or decorative. With 30 years’ experience, we know that in order to keep up with the latest trends, we need to constantly evolve our collections and designs whilst also offering timeless pieces that never go out of fashion. Take a look at any of our stone and tile collections and you’ll see that our core values of quality, craftsmanship, integrity and collaboration are always at the forefront of everything we do.

Amaya Tumbled Limestone. Designed by Claire Merriman Design (left). Royal Mink Tumbled & Cipriani Limestone. Designed by Katharine Paravicini (right)

For a luxurious look, it has to be marble. Whether it’s crisp white, dramatically dark or perfectly pink, each tile is unique with intricate veining, ideal for bathrooms and hotel-style en-suites.

Bespoke marble flooring, designed by De Rosee SA (left). Calacatta Candy Marble Honed Tiles, @macandmaxwell (right).

Limestone creates a more rustic finish, especially in beiges and browns while large format blue or black tiles with a matching grout will produce a modern feel. Slate is much sought after for modern takes on Shaker-style kitchens as well as utility areas and boot rooms. Terracotta, one of our first forays into flooring, is back in a big way with brick, picket and parquet designs while porcelain is another popular choice as it’s low maintenance, durable and hardwearing.

Marlborough Terracotta Hexagon (left), Marlborough Terracotta Parquet tiles, designed by Emma Rose Thatcher (right)

We have so many materials to create totally different looks and with our website, brochures and look books, you have plenty of inspiration at your fingertips with our galleries, project showcases and case studies to help you visualise the stone in your own scheme.

For a crisp, contemporary look:

Check out our new House Collection of affordable porcelain, where our Rhine design is available in four tones – Blanc, Gris, Perla and Taupe – to give kitchens, hallways and open-plan spaces a cool, contemporary vibe with the look and feel of natural stone. Also part of the new House range is our Hampshire matt porcelain, which comes in a variety of versatile shapes and is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. Blenheim in Beige or Smoke is made for industrial effects and kitchens or hallways where a seamless surface can be continued throughout to increase a feeling of space. Blenheim also comes as a porcelain paving product for outdoor areas, terraces, patios and landscaping.

Louvre meanwhile, in Blanc or Perla, is a large format matt porcelain with a cloudy palette creating a high-spec look for less. Our new product launches don’t stop there. Minetta porcelain with its creamy limestone feel and large format tile will make a small space feel instantly larger with warm tones to add character and a cosy feel.

If you like the look of a worn-in tile:

Take a look at our Antwerp limestone collection, which is also new this season. The brick tiles in a seasoned finish are right on trend and can be used indoors and out while the rectangular tiles offer a soft, natural appearance with delicate veining and can be applied to heavy traffic areas inside as well as external paving and pool surrounds for year-round practicality and style.

If your project requires a more lived-in natural stone, we suggest our new Marlborough Terracotta Hexagon tile, which is durable and hardwearing with a handmade finish and eye-catching hexagonal design. For something textured and tumbled, take a look at our Hardwicke limestone in a seasoned finish or Buscot, our flagship stone, both of which blend easily into period properties.

Hardwicke Limestone flooring, designed by Norton Crane & Adam-Smith Architects (left), Buscot Limestone Tumbled flooring (right).

We also highly recommend our Vieux Bourgogne limestone with its proprietary Artisan Antiqued™ finish. It looks exactly like a well-worn reclaimed stone with years of history behind it. We think it transforms any kitchen or hallway into something truly special.

Here at Artisans of Devizes, we are always on hand to offer advice and support through every step of your project. We know how important it is that your flooring complements its surroundings and the property it has been specified for so we can help with advice on stone and its suitability, formats, layouts, patterns and installation. Whether it’s a domestic or commercial project, interior or exterior, light or heavy traffic, paving or something with slip resistance, we can work with you to produce the perfect surface solution underfoot.