Whether you like it or not, the winter months are fast approaching. As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, it’s somewhat inevitable that we’ll find ourselves spending more and more time indoors.
When this is the case, you naturally want to spend your leisure time in spaces you feel comfortable with; take your living room for example. But if the room’s vibe and aesthetics aren’t right, we’re sure this will play on your mind.
So if a redecoration project is on your agenda, be sure to avoid the winter blues by getting your living room looking its best and creating a cosy, comfortable space for everybody to enjoy.
One of our favourite ways of doing this is with carefully selected tiles – particularly around features such as woodburners and fireplaces.
Not only can these features be a great source of warmth and comfort on cold evenings, but they can be the central feature of a mosaic tiled wall for example. This kind of addition can really change the feel of your home.
Split face mosaic tiles have proven popular in recent years, and these can be a fantastic option to use around a fireplace or wood burner owing to their textural effects. Split face mosaics are a great alternative to paint and wallpaper as placing natural stone tiles near hot areas such as fireplaces or wood burners is generally very safe given that this type of product is so tough and strong. If it can handle what mother nature can throw at it, stone is certainly a great choice in your living room!
One thing that’s definitely worth considering however is the substrate. If placing tiles near a hot surface, make sure the substrate is heat resistant. This will ensure your tiles are well-adhered to the surface and will not be compromised by the heat.
Split face mosaics are now available in many varying tones, you can choose from bold colours such as silver grey, deoli green or black slate tiles which can create a truly impressive feature of your fireplace or wood burner and really bring a touch of the outdoors indoors.
Equally, there are plenty of warmer-coloured mosaic tiles available. Rustic slate tiles for example are reminiscent of cosy chalets to help you escape from the rest of the world. Ivory & Ice white are gentle colour tones that will be an impressive addition to any contemporary home.
Split face mosaic tiles are actually remarkably easy to install too. Make sure you check our tile installation and fitting guides if you’re unsure of anything.
We’ve also blogged before about tiling a feature fireplace or wood burner which has great tips on how to create any edges so take a look if you need any advice.
Beyond split face mosaic tiles, another option for a living room this winter is wood effect tiles. Capturing the beauty of real wood's grain and texture yet in a hardwearing porcelain tile, wood effect tiles provide an organic natural effect to your interior space.
Wood effect tiles don’t have to be cold underfoot too, they are perfect for under floor heating so you can snuggle in on a cold winter evening and feel the warmth through your tiles.
Wood effect tiles are available in so many styles, you can have the look of real wood with Alpine Taupe as this dark wenge tone captures the beauty of real wood grain yet has the easy maintenance of a porcelain tile.
If you are looking for a contemporary wood effect floor you could consider Drift Wood Grey, this stunning tile cleverly mimics vintage reclaimed, weather worn wood planks. Made from high quality digital produced porcelain they have a washed grey appearance & matt finish which will fit seamlessly into any interior design.
The beauty of wood effect tiles in a living room is that they will also coordinate with our stunning split face mosaics to give your interior a make over worthy of a catwalk.
Whatever you’re looking for when it comes to tiling your home, at Stone Tile Company we have a range of products that can allow you to meet your goals.