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Inspiration

Developing our Marlborough Matts collection

Anita is our Head of Product here at Marlborough Tiles and develops all of our new launches. She is a true master of her craft, and her passion for colour, creative eye and scientific precision can be seen in each and every one of our tiles.

Who better then to introduce our new Marlborough Matt collection than Anita herself. In this Q&A, she shares what she loves about our new matt collection of wall tiles, what inspired the colour palette and what colours to use in both north and south facing rooms.

Hi Anita, thanks for joining us today. Could you tell us a bit about what makes this collection different?

Traditionally matts tend to fall in and out of trend. I believe this is because matts in general tends to follow a more architectural look and feel. We have deliberately developed a collection of matt colours that I hope will excite the architecturally-minded, but also encourage colour lovers to embrace the matt tile too.

Our new Marlborough Matts tile collection comes in available in both a medium and skinny metro brick. L-R Slate Blue and Coldharbour Green

What makes these matt tiles so special?

The Marlborough Matts collection has been designed to look and feel like a cement tile, which is very popular look at the moment. We specially developed the matt glaze to be paper-smooth and to absorb light in the same way that high quality paint does. It's a very tactile almost chalky finish — you cannot help but want to touch these tiles! What's more is that unlike cement or encaustic tiles, our Marlborough Matts don't require sealing.

Where should these tiles be used?

The collection is available in two sizes: 7.5 x 15 cm medium brick and a 6 x 21cm skinny brick tile, which work beautifully in any kitchen or bathroom. A unique application for these tiles is the bathroom floor— just don’t be afraid of the smaller size and embrace it.

Could you tell us a bit more about the colour palette?

More often that not, we will always reach for that off-white safe tile. This matt collection dares you to enter into a different world of colour and it has a safety net. The safety net is that these are familiar colours. You would have seen them and more often than not you would have used them in your own home already as a paint colour. We have researched into colours that have stood the test of time. They have been on most trend palettes, but they may not have been the one that shouted the loudest, it was probably the colour that stitches them together.

The Marlborough Matts collection looks equally beautiful in a kitchen or a bathroom. Shown here are skinny metro brick tiles from the collection in Coldharbour Green, with Silver Grey grout.

Do you have any tips on how to use introduce matt tiles into a space?

I encourage you to be brave. Matt tiles belong in a south and north facing rooms. Just remember, if you are tiling a north facing room, look for warm yellow-toned shades, such as Milk Yard White or Parchment White.

Thank you to Anita for sharing with us what makes this collection so special. To discover more about our Marlborough Matts collection head here and if you are looking for expert advice on selecting the perfect shade for your scheme, please get in touch with our design team who will be happy to help.

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