Home tips: Porcelain ‘wood’ alternative and more

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:37 26 August 2016

Barn grey porcelain tiles, Bibliotheque

Barn grey porcelain tiles, Bibliotheque


Wood floors look beautiful, but there’s an alternative that looks just as good with added advantages, says Mitzi Ross, managing director of Bibliotheque, Potters Bar

Why choose porcelain ‘wood’ rather than real wood for your home or business flooring? Well, for starters, porcelain has evolved so much that it has all the nuances, characteristics, texture and look of real woods. It can also be used throughout the house, including in areas where water can damage real wood, such as in the kitchen, bathroom, wet room, conservatory, swimming pool area and also externally. A number of Bibliotheque’s porcelain fabricated wood tiling also come in an anti-slip finish – a major advantage in wet areas.

Other benefits are that porcelain is low maintenance, does not scratch, nor is it subject to high-heel impact. It also does not suffer swelling, unlike wood, when it is water damaged by a leak or flooding.

Porcelain wood tiles are available in planks with widths of 15cm, 20cm, 30cm and lengths of 90cm, 100cm, 120cm and 180cm, so the proportions are available to suit a wide variety of spaces.

Technology has brought a real alternative to wood flooring. Forget the bad copies of the past, porcelain has the look, feel and beauty of wood with all the benefits of a high-quality tile.

Clemeny Browne shuttersClemeny Browne shutters

Shutters open up at Kenmore

With the use of shutters fast becoming one of the most popular ways of styling a home, family business Kenmore Interiors of Hitchin has teamed up with top manufacturer Clement Browne to extend the range it has on offer.

Bryn Whitaker of Kenmore said, ‘From traditional wood to soft pastel colours, there is a style of shutter to suit everyone. Clement Browne has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry and can tailor-make shutters to fit any window, enabling more and more people to become part of this growing trend.’

Kenmore now has samples on show and can arrange home visits by Clement Browne to discuss options.

Planet FurniturePlanet Furniture

Planet welcomes new designer

Hitchin-based bespoke kitchen supplier Planet Furniture has welcomed Andy Davies to its design team, joining Ruth Gray who has been an established and popular designer in the company’s studio for the past four years.

Davies has more than 27 years’ experience of designing and building fully-fitted original kitchens and says he considers himself a true cabinet maker, coming from a background in high-end installations and quality manufacturing.

‘I believe when you’re asking people to invest in their homes it should be an enjoyable process,’ he says. ‘Joining Planet Furniture, I have found my niche working with a family company that wants to produce the best.’

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