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It's not everyone who knows how to transform a humble tile into an
artform. We do. So read on for our advice on everything from choosing
the right grout and adhesive, to design tips to make the most of your
space.

Tile pattern layouts to inspire your next project

Tile pattern layouts to inspire your next project

The Marlborough Tiles guide to pattern layouts. From intricate herringbone to classic half brick bonds.

The timeless appeal of white tiles

The timeless appeal of white tiles

There is more to this wonderfully versatile neutral than initially meets the eye.

Creating joyful spaces with Turner Pocock

Creating joyful spaces with Turner Pocock

The story of our recent partnership with Turner Pocock's charitable initiative, which helped transform the overnight rest room at Mencap Dunstable.

A year in review: our highlights of 2022

A year in review: our highlights of 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, we take a moment to look back on the past twelve months.

A rather special recipe for clementine mince pies

A rather special recipe for clementine mince pies

Just the thing when those unexpected visitors pop by on Christmas Eve...

Restoring a country cottage

Restoring a country cottage

Ramona shares how she and her husband set about restoring their 250 year old miner's cottage.

Developing our Marlborough Matts collection

Developing our Marlborough Matts collection

Our Head of Product, Anita shares her take on the new collection.

Five interior design and tile trends for 2023 that will stand the test of time

Five interior design and tile trends for 2023 that will stand the test of time

It would be fair to say that we have complex feelings about design trends here at Marlborough....

The benefits of ordering tile samples

The benefits of ordering tile samples

We share the benefits of tile samples and our advice on how to make the perfect choice.

Our latest collection: Marlborough Matts

Our latest collection: Marlborough Matts

Paper-smooth, pared back and perfectly balanced - developed to harmonise with Britain’s most loved paint colours.

Artful living

Artful living

How a love of art and colour shaped Nic and Sophie’s beautiful new home...

A guide to our world of colour

A guide to our world of colour

Our new guide walks you through a whole spectrum of our most popular glaze colours. Looking for inspiration? Dive in...

Introducing Ana

Introducing Ana

Discover our latest collection of hand painted tiles, created in collaboration with Sims Hilditch.

The Marlborough Tiles guide to pairing wall and floor tiles

The Marlborough Tiles guide to pairing wall and floor tiles

When it comes to interior decoration, inspiration is everywhere, and it’s not unusual to feel a little overwhelmed as you begin to plan a project.

Our top 10 bathrooms and kitchens

Our top 10 bathrooms and kitchens

In celebration of reaching 10k followers on Instagram, we share our top 10 favourite kitchens and bathrooms

Meet the winners of our summer giveaway!

Meet the winners of our summer giveaway!

We meet with the winners of our Instagram giveaway with our friends Fermoie, to find out a little about them & how they plan to spend their vouchers

The white kitchen, your way: four schemes to inspire

The white kitchen, your way: four schemes to inspire

One classic white kitchen, styled four completely different way using tiles, hardware, fabric and accessories.

Mighty oak

Mighty oak

We humans have used oak both to build and to decorate our homes for centuries.

A cosy yet playful family bathroom at The Little Stone Cottage

A cosy yet playful family bathroom at The Little Stone Cottage

Emma Diaz shares her charming and unique new bathroom, as well as a colour tip that will literally make your guests glow!

Barbury, in collaboration with Neptune

Barbury, in collaboration with Neptune

Few businesses align so precisely with our values as Neptune, so we were very pleased when they reached out to us about a bespoke new collection.

Nature’s palette: a celebration of spring

Nature’s palette: a celebration of spring

Enjoy the freshness of spring in your home year round, with tile and paint combinations inspired by the changing of the seasons.

Harriet and Oli's inspired renovation

Harriet and Oli's inspired renovation

One would be right to expect that as art director for Soho House, Harriet Howarth’s own home would be both beautiful and inspired.

Introducing the Kennet collection

Introducing the Kennet collection

Our considered take on the skinny metro tile. Hand crafted and rustic, with an organic finish that is perfect in its imperfections.

The magical realism of the porcelain floor tile

The magical realism of the porcelain floor tile

The highest quality porcelain tiles are not just practical, but offer stone and timber effects so realistic that they must be seen to be believed.

The Marlborough direction

The Marlborough direction

Ben Spriggs, Editor of ELLE Decoration, casts his design eye over MD Jamie Robb’s ambitious vision for Marlborough Tiles' future.

Rethink pink

Rethink pink

Pink is an increasingly popular colour when it comes to interior design, and used well, it is far from sugary sweet.

Harmony in the kitchen at The Little Stone Cottage

Harmony in the kitchen at The Little Stone Cottage

Emma Diaz from @thelittlestonecottage shares how she chose the colours and design elements for her recent kitchen renovation.

A very festive recipe for Swedish glögg

A very festive recipe for Swedish glögg

The Swedish answer to mulled wine, glögg, meaning 'glowing ember' is sweet and spicy, warming and delicious.

Add a little Christmas magic to your kitchen

Add a little Christmas magic to your kitchen

Interiors stylist Janie Brown shares some simple, effective yet practical ways to sprinkle a little magic into the heart of the home this Christmas.

An artist's residence

An artist's residence

Artist Daisy Sims-Hilditch designed this delightful space along with her father, Neptune founder, John Sims-Hilditch.

One kitchen, five ways

One kitchen, five ways

One classic navy blue kitchen, styled five completely different ways using tile and accessories.

The Wilding collection: reimagining Delft

The Wilding collection: reimagining Delft

A very special commemorative collection in celebration of Marlborough Tiles’ 85th anniversary.

Bespoke, hand-painted tiles

Bespoke, hand-painted tiles

Jenny, one member of our three-strong hand painting team, tells us about the process of creating bespoke, hand painted tiles for our customers.

Choosing the perfect grout colour

Choosing the perfect grout colour

Though it perhaps doesn't sound like the most creative of decorating decisions, grout can be used to striking visual effect.

Katie's picture perfect holiday cottage

Katie's picture perfect holiday cottage

Katie shares her design approach for the faithful renovation of a heritage property, and fills us in on the challenges she faced along the way.

An ambitious, two-phase country kitchen renovation project

An ambitious, two-phase country kitchen renovation project

Vivienne Cutler answers our questions and shares her tips for large-scale home renovation projects.

A vibrant coastal kitchen

A vibrant coastal kitchen

When Anouska Lancaster stumbled upon eighteenth century Hillside Cottage, she set about creating a holiday home with real wow factor.

The summer blues

The summer blues

The colour of the ocean and of clear summer skies, blue is a truly classic choice in interior decorating.

Creating character in a new-build kitchen

Creating character in a new-build kitchen

We sat down with Kayleigh to find out how she went about creating such character in her new-build home.

In the green room

In the green room

Often overlooked when it comes to decorating, green in fact has real versatility and adds a sense of balance and freshness to the home.

Marlborough’s Makers

Marlborough’s Makers

Our little market town is a wonderfully creative place, and home to some world class independent makers and craftspeople.

Creating a luxury family bathroom in a quirky space

Creating a luxury family bathroom in a quirky space

We sat down with interior designer Jess Weeks to talk about the challenges of designing for unusual spaces.

We have a winner!

We have a winner!

We met with the winner of our Instagram competition, Celina, to hear about her plans for that voucher...

In praise of Follies

In praise of Follies

If you're looking to add charm, individuality and character to a kitchen, look no further than a hand-painted, patterned tile.

Adam and Miranda’s vibrant and creative kitchen

Adam and Miranda’s vibrant and creative kitchen

Artist Miranda Carter and her husband, photographer Adam Carter’s kitchen was always going to be a beautiful, bold and creative space.

Character building

Character building

When it comes to creating a unique and charming interior, we at Marlborough believe it’s all in the detail.

Perfectly imperfect

Perfectly imperfect

Introducing three stunning new collections on our handmade rustic biscuit.

The range cooker panel: a creative guide

The range cooker panel: a creative guide

A panel of tiles is an opportunity to create a unique focal point at the heart of the home.

The shape of things

The shape of things

Some intriguing shapes to inspire your next project.

9 ways with tiles

9 ways with tiles

Walls and floors may be functional but they are also a backdrop for the rest of your interior design scheme.

The history and artistry of our hand painted tiles

The history and artistry of our hand painted tiles

Marlborough’s process is truly special. Since we opened our doors in 1936, we have flown the flag for the Majolica technique of hand painting.

Why choose porcelain floor tiles?

Why choose porcelain floor tiles?

It’s true that timber and stone have their own unique characteristics, but our MD Jamie is a huge advocate for porcelain.

Playing with colour: The science and art of our extraordinary coloured glazes

Playing with colour: The science and art of our extraordinary coloured glazes

As part of her role developing our new products, Anita Rivers can usually be found in her lab immersed in a world of colour.

Tiles that sing

Tiles that sing

Discover the secrets behind our crackle glazed tiles.

Introducing Emma

Introducing Emma

The story behind our latest collection of hand painted tiles: a collaboration with interior designer Emma Sims Hilditch.

George Clarke's Old House, New Home

George Clarke's Old House, New Home

The team were all a flurry when we got the news that we'd be hosting George Clarke's Old House, New Home in our little corner of Marlborough.

Natural stone or porcelain?

Natural stone or porcelain?

Both have their benefits – so which should you choose? Here’s our guide to making the right choice for your flooring.

“An excellent product and superb service. Many thanks to Grace and Jamie from Marlborough”

Nick Lester, customer

“Handmade tiles with wonderful glazes; the craftsmanship, the beauty and the customer service.”

Ephia Yasmin, customer

“Always visionary and ahead of the times from the outset.”

Ben Spriggs, Editor-in-Chief, Elle Decoration

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

Pat Jones, customer

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

Rebecca Malon, Head of Design and Product Development Neptune

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

Colin Roby-Welford, MD of Fired Earth
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