02:00 3 May 2022

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Thinking about switching things up at home? A change in flooring can make all the difference in the world.

If you're not sure where to start, you've come to the right place!

World of Tiles have just released a list of this year's top tile and wood flooring trends, and they're to die for!

The list features everything from bold designs on marble-look porcelain, to wood-effect tiles on your walls.

This year’s trends are all about crafting your personal style.


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1. Wood-effect tiles

Get the best of both worlds with wood-effect tiles. Made of porcelain, they are hard wearing and easy to clean.

With designs much more realistic, wood-effect tiles have become incredibly popular with Irish home owners looking to bring the aesthetic of wood into their spaces.

Most have a slip rating of R10 or R11, meaning they're much less slippery than wood flooring, and they're suitable for bathroom floors.

It also makes them the ideal choice for anyone with children or pets.

If you want to get creative, might we suggest creating a feature wall with wood-look tiles.

They add warmth, texture and impact to wet room walls, the chimney breast, a kitchen backsplash or even a bedroom feature wall.

2. Electric underfloor heating

With renewable energy on everyone’s minds, electric underfloor heating is the way to go.

Electric heating mats are highly efficient, cost-effective, and easy to install under either wood flooring or tiles.

Not to mention they're incredibly convenient - you can control your underfloor heating from your phone.

Smart systems such as the WarmUp 4ie Thermostat synch to your phone, so you can adjust the temperature on-the-go.

This helps save electricity and allows you to make the place cosy before you even arrive home.

3. Grey's the way!

Donal Higgins, Managing Director of World of Tiles, has learned, 'When it comes to décor, grey will always be in.'

But he's recently discovered, 'a slight shift in the tone of grey,' people are going for.

He says they're, 'leaning more towards the warmer greys, such as Greige Oak.'


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And when it comes to style, herringbone is becoming increasingly popular for both laminate and engineered wood floors.

While wide and long planks such as Wilderness Oak Long and Wide make a room appear larger and are ideal for open-plan spaces and hallways.

4. Marble-effect tiles

Bold abstract marble-look designs are on the up for those looking to make a statement.

A characteristic of these large-format porcelain tiles is their striking linear veins, or swirling marbling.

Luxury Beige and Luxury Dark are simply gorgeous.

Blue is also the colour of the season - it brings a sense of serenity to a space.

And there's plenty to choose from!

There's loads of exciting new blue marble-look tiles such as Rubi, Blue Golden and Atlantis Blue.


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5. Indoor & outdoor tiles

A number of floor-tile ranges now come with a slip-stop option rated R11 for outdoors.

This means you can create a flow from your inside space, to your outside space by tiling both with the same or a very similar tile.

Remember though, for outside you’ll need a tile that has a slip rating of at least R11 to help keep you upright in snow, frost and rainy conditions.

Outdoor tiles are 20mm thick and can be laid onto raised platforms to allow for cables beneath, concrete or directly onto grass or gravel.

Find out more about World of Tiles on their website here.

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