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Design focus: The timeless appeal of white tiles

Bringing a sense of harmony to any space, white is a wonderfully versatile choice when it comes to interiors — beautiful in its own right or as a companion to almost any other shade. Yet there is more to this neutral than initially meets the eye.

As part of her role developing our new products, Anita Rivers spends hours in her lab, experimenting with colour. When creating whites, Anita always begins with our hand mixed opaque white fritt. Next, she adds the smallest amount of a stain chosen from our bank of over fifty pigments. “Subtle undertones within whites can create a very different overall effect,” Anita explains. “A dash of blue makes for a cool, bright white, stunning in a contemporary bathroom. Adding a touch of pink to the white fritt creates a softer look that works beautifully in a country kitchen.”

Our colours are renowned for their complexity, and while our precise colour recipes are a closely guarded secret, we can tell you that one of our favourite whites has no less than four different pigments.

Understanding the light in your space and having an idea of the feeling you seek to evoke will help you to choose the perfect white tile. South facing rooms are basked in light from the sun all day long, and a white that has cooler blue and green tones will bring a sense of balance to your space. On the other hand, north facing rooms will be warmed and softened by a white that includes subtle yellow or pink tones.

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China Clay, Shell and Ivory — three whites from our Elements collection.

WHITES WE ADORE

You'll find white tiles in a variety of tones and textures across our collections. Here are just a few of our favourites.

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Elements in China Clay, Aged Crackle Medium Brick

Elements is a palette of three perfect whites finished with a gloss glaze, creating a clean, simple look. China Clay is a bright white, beautiful in a bathroom. Ivory is a soft, warm white lovely in both bathrooms and kitchens.

Aged Crackle offers a beautifully aged look, created by deliberately allowing the white glaze to crack finely as it cools, resulting in unique patterns on each tile and a special vintage feel.

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Cool Companions in Nice and Easy, Neutrals in Ivory

Our Cool Companions collection includes three different whites, inspired by the colours of coastal waters that together create a calming, contemporary look. The larger 11x33 tile is particularly beautiful in a shower room.

Neutrals is a small range of gently tinted, hand crafted wall tiles in understated blends, which function as a discreetly luxurious backdrop for vibrant accents within your home.

Creative grout colours can be used to stunning effect with white tiles. Our Dark Grey grout is beautifully striking with our Aged Crackle range, whereas our Jasmine grout brings out the gorgeous, subtle movement of pattern in our Contemporary Classics collection.

Need a little more help making your decision? Our design experts will be very happy to advise you.

“Your service is outstanding and everyone is stunned by the result. I could not be more delighted.”

Pat Jones

“Marlborough are a trusted collaborator to design unique tile collections which delight our customers”

Rebecca Malon, Head of Design and Product Development Neptune

“We are delighted with our stunning tiles - the colour and finish have brought our kitchen to life.”

Nicky Sweet

“Over 20 years, our brand has relied on Marlborough for specialist colour and glaze development.”

Colin Roby-Welford, MD of Fired Earth

“Superb! Great design advice on combining styles and colours. Thank you for going the extra mile.”

Emma Todd
Marlborough Made