Trends 2016 – Textured tiles

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Tiles boast an abundance of benefits, as you will have read in previous posts; not only are they extremely durable, stylish and flexible in regards to specification, their many materials and formats mean that they can offer a plethora of texture and depth, too. This means they can present something a little bit different when it comes to the whole design of a space.

Matt, polished, riven, exposed, anti-slip…the selection of tile finishes is endless and all bring variety to the table, making them some of the most versatile floor and wall applications you could ever encounter. And, when juxtaposed against one another, they can truly stand-out.

2016 has seen textured tiles come into their own even more than ever. Trend reports are dripping with an abundance of textured tile style notes that can be used both in the home and commercially to achieve a unique, dynamic and contemporary effect. Here we provide a little more detail as to some of our most popular tile finishes:


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Made traditionally from natural stone, but more commonly replicated in porcelain and ceramic tiles, the riven finish adopts a natural stone look. This makes it look in its rawest state and contrasts perfectly with mottled hues to create an earthy result. These are often found in large format tiles adorning the floors of kitchens, hallways and even entryways and foyers; best suited to period surroundings of rustic cottages and traditional Victorian structures.

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Most glazed ceramic and porcelain tiles have almost a reflective look due to the glaze they are finished with. Not only does this mean they are easy to clean and have long-lasting properties, but they can also offer instant impact in the way they are styled. It is becoming increasingly popular for manufacturers to mix it up a little in the way of texture, where styles giving the effect of waves are extremely effective. For those looking for contemporary minimalism, these tiles are ideal.


Wood effect


Wood effect tiles are having a huge surge in popularity at the moment due to the latest advancements in technology. Now, wood effect tiles are so realistic that they can be cunningly mistaken for a hard wood floor and, with the many benefits a wood effect tile can bring, why choose its original alternative?

There is a wide range of wood effect tiles, almost as many as there are types of wood, to suit most needs and tastes and because they are made from porcelain they are more long lasting and durable with an abundance of plank lengths and widths to choose from.


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Mosaics can come in all shapes and sizes and their pure nature deems them to be highly textured, however some ranges in particular are more so than others. Typically mosaic sheets are made from a grid of individual glass tiles all in the same size and colour – now there’s a trend emerging to diversify a little by experimenting. Some newer mosaics have introduced different embossed finishes on each tile to create texture, where others combine this with more than one material. An amalgamation of natural stone, porcelain and ceramic tiles can really offer a myriad of texture.



When a single coloured glazed tile just won’t do, opting for something with a little more character could be a more suitable alternative. Tiles with an imprint pressed on the surface, are quickly emerging in various forms. From unique patterns to wt-look effects, mottled tiles can offer more than a humble surface.

For more information about any of the ranges featured in this blog post, contact the Waxman Ceramics team on 01422 377123 or email . Alternatively, if you’re in the North West, why not visit our newly refurbished showroom?! Off junction 24 of the M62.

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