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The all-weather appeal of porcelain

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The all-weather appeal of porcelain

As the blustery, windswept days of autumn begin to transition to wetter weather, keeping our homes clean and dry becomes rather a challenge. Muddy wellies and dirty paws, rain soaked shoes and damp dog towels become a frequent feature of entryways and hallways – not to mention the snow, slush and salt of winter months, which can wreak havoc on natural flooring.

Enter, porcelain. This remarkable material not only stands up to the elements year round, but looks simply beautiful too. Within our curated collections, you will find the very highest quality porcelain floor tiles in realistic terracotta, timber and stone finishes to suit your space.

In today’s article we share the features that make porcelain so special, particularly in the winter months, and then finish with a carousel of favourite porcelain floor tiles from across our collections to offer inspiration.

Both beautiful and practical, porcelain floor tiles are a true winter home hero. Above, from left to right: Bamburgh flagstones and Marlborough Oak planks.

Durable, waterproof and easy to clean

While natural timber and stone will gradually age and change colour, porcelain remains the same as the day it is laid. Over time, mud and moisture on a natural stone or wooden floor will cause trouble, but porcelain’s waterproof nature means it won’t wear, warp or stain - it doesn’t even require sealing. Any spots are easily wiped away with just a damp cloth, and can be safely cleaned with household cleaning products.

Compatible with underfloor heating

Porcelain flooring is the perfect partner for underfloor heating. It’s also a highly efficient choice, retaining the heat and keeping your home warm and toasty, however chilly it gets outside.

Low slip (and frost proof!)

In the winter, slippery surfaces often pose a risk, but the waterproof, low-slip surface of a porcelain floor tile provides peace of mind. It’s worth noting that porcelain is also fully frost proof, so you can run it both inside and outside the home – from your sitting room, through crittal doors to a terrace or swimming pool surround. You can learn more about the individual slip ratings of our porcelain floor tiles here.

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Best loved collections

Creating a realistic porcelain tile requires artistry, and it’s the finest details that make an unmistakable difference.

Weathered Oak

Honey

Weathered Oak floor tiles

To create our Weathered Oak collection, ancient oak floorboards are restored by hand by expert craftsmen, before being photographed and masterfully replicated on porcelain using the very latest technology. The planks are rich with the characteristics of hundreds of years of use. Shown here in Biscuit.

Ridgeway

Uffington Pattern Mix

Ridgeway porcelain flagstone floor tiles

Our Ridgeway collection of classic flagstones is wonderfully versatile and runs happily throughout the home. These tiles have non-rectified, chiseled edges which provide antique character. Shown here in Uffington.

Our Kieder collection is reminiscent of 18th century stone floors, which were originally made of various materials, including shells and fossils. This large, 40 by 80cm, flagstone in Bamburgh has a soft, light tone, and comes in either a natural or semi-polished finish.

Andalucia

Granada Hexagon

Art director of Soho Home and Soho House, Harriet chose hexagon shaped terracotta effect porcelain tiles in Granada, from our Andalucia collection to run throughout the hallway and bathroom of her London home.

Art director of Soho Home and Soho House, Harriet chose hexagon shaped terracotta effect porcelain tiles in Granada, from our Andalucia collection to run throughout the hallway and bathroom of her London home. Read more about her exciting project here.

Sandstone

Fawn

Porcelain floor tiles in Fawn, from our Sandstone collection are the perfect complement to these skinny metro brick tiles in Slate Blue from our Marlborough Matts collection.

Porcelain floor tiles in Fawn, from our Sandstone collection are the perfect complement to these skinny metro brick tiles in Slate Blue from our Marlborough Matts collection.

Marlborough Oak

Marlborough Oak wood effect collection

Our Marlborough Oak collection of wood-effect porcelain floor tiles features a clean, planed timber finish and rectified edge. The planks beautifully mimic natural oak, right down to subtle colour variation, textured graining and knotting. They are available in a choice of three sizes that can be used individually or mixed.

Andalucia

Seville Small Brick

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Small, terracotta-effect porcelain brick tiles - from our Andalucia collection in Seville - laid in an intricate herringbone pattern. The beautifully variegated colour and texture of these tiles add richness and warmth.

Our latest collection of porcelain tiles, French Limestone calls to mind the sunbaked ancient stone floors of Provence. These beautiful honey and silver toned flags have an extraordinarily authentic texture.

Our Kieder collection is reminiscent of 18th century stone floors, which were originally made of various materials, including shells and fossils. This tile is Whitby, with its dark tones evocative of Belgian bluestone flags. We have replicated these typical details, and given the tiles a contemporary twist by including concrete and Jerusalem Stone without losing the old, worn look with its soft undulating surface.

Lacock

Knave

Ramona's freshly renovated bathroom features porcelain floor tiles in Knave, from our Lacock collection.

Ramona's freshly renovated bathroom features porcelain floor tiles in Knave, from our Lacock collection. The subtle fossil detailing and chiselled edges of these flags is a beautiful match for the original flagstones elsewhere in her charming Somerset home. Learn more about the project here.

Whatever the aesthetic of your home, you'll find a variety of stunning options within our collections. If it's a contemporary look you seek to create, you might consider a wood-effect floor tile with a planed finish such as Marlborough Oak, or flagstones with rectified or straight edges such as those from our Antique Stone collection. For a more rustic look, you might choose a timber effect porcelain floor tile with antique texture, such as our Weathered Oak collection, or a flagstone with tumbled edges like those from our Ridgeway collection.

We offer free cut floor tile samples all year round, and recommend ordering a few to help you make your decision. Place your samples in the space where you plan to use the tiles. Moving them around the room, and looking at them at different times of day as the light changes will help you to make a decision. And if something doesn’t feel quite right, never be afraid to go back to the drawing board and order more samples.

If you have any questions, would like some advice, or simply need a second opinion, please get in touch - we'll be more than happy to assist.

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