Black Kitchens: A Timeless Choice

The concept of a black kitchen may initially evoke visions of darkness and gloom, and have negative connotations, but it’s quite the opposite. The lack of colour can help create a sense of calm, and a feel that is simple, elegant, and bold, yet still feels warm and embracing.

There are other reasons to consider black as the choice for your new kitchen.

Quality never goes out of style, and neither does black. It exudes a sense of luxury and refinement that can elevate the entire aesthetic of a space, whether it’s a sleek modern apartment or a cosy cottage-style home.

It’s worth remembering that black is not a just one hue, but a spectrum of shades ranging from deep charcoal to jet black. This versatility allows for endless customisation options, enabling homeowners to create a kitchen that perfectly suits their taste and style preferences.

Black kitchens offer the opportunity to create striking visual contrasts. Pairing black cabinetry with white worktops or metallic accents creates a play on light and shadow that adds depth and dimension to the space. Additionally, incorporating natural elements such as wood or stone can soften the overall aesthetic and introduce warmth to the kitchen, striking a balance between drama and serenity.

Black also serves as an ideal backdrop for showcasing statement pieces such as bold artwork or designer lighting fixtures, allowing them to take centre stage without overwhelming the space.

In a world where we are often being urged to express our individuality, black kitchens offer an opportunity to do so, inviting homeowners to embrace their unique sense of style and creativity.

Whether you opt for a sleek modern aesthetic or a more eclectic vibe, a black kitchen provides the perfect canvas for bringing your design vision to life.

Creating Beautiful and Functional Interiors

The Role of an Interior Designer: How can they help with your building or renovation project?

Designing a living space that truly reflects your personality and meets your functional needs can be a challenging task. Many people, in an attempt to save time and money, embark on the journey of interior design themselves. However, enlisting the expertise of a professional interior designer can make all the difference, providing you with a harmonious and captivating space that exceeds your expectations. In this blog post, we will explore the numerous benefits of using an interior designer and why their services are worth investing in.

  • Unleashing Creativity and Expertise: Interior designers possess a unique blend of creative vision and technical knowledge. They have a keen eye for aesthetics and understand how various elements such as color schemes, lighting, furniture, and textures can harmonise to create a cohesive space. By harnessing their expertise, you can transform your home into an extraordinary place that reflects your style and preferences.


  • Personalised Designs for Your Unique Needs: One of the significant advantages of working with an interior designer is the opportunity to have a personalised design tailored to your specific requirements. Designers take the time to understand your lifestyle, preferences, and aspirations, enabling them to create a space that is not only visually pleasing but also functional and practical. Whether you need a space that promotes productivity, relaxation, or entertainment, an interior designer will work closely with you to bring your vision to life.
  • Cost and Time Efficiency: While it may seem counterintuitive to some, hiring an interior designer can actually save you money and time in the long run. Designers have access to a wide network of industry contacts and resources, including suppliers, contractors, and artisans. This enables them to source high-quality materials that aren’t readily available on the high street and this streamlines the entire design process. Moreover, their experience and knowledge help prevent costly mistakes and ensure efficient project management, ultimately saving you valuable time and unnecessary expenses.


  • Attention to Detail: Interior designers have a meticulous eye for detail and possess a deep understanding of spatial planning. They consider aspects such as traffic flow, ergonomics, and functionality when designing a space. By optimizing the layout and carefully selecting furniture and accessories, they can maximise the potential of your space, enhancing its usability and comfort.


  • Access to Exclusive Resources: Interior designers have access to an extensive range of resources, including unique furniture, fabrics, finishes, and accessories that may not be available to the general public. Through their professional connections, they can source and curate an exceptional selection of items that will add an extra layer of luxury and sophistication to your space.


  • Project Management and Coordination: Embarking on an interior design project involves numerous tasks, from conceptualisation and sourcing to installation and finishing touches. Coordinating these elements can be overwhelming and time-consuming, particularly for those without experience in project management. By engaging an interior designer, you delegate these responsibilities to a professional who will handle every aspect of the project, ensuring it progresses smoothly and seamlessly.

While the allure of DIY design projects may be tempting, enlisting the services of an interior designer is a decision that can truly transform your space and enhance your lifestyle. From unlocking your space’s full potential to saving time and money, the value of their expertise is immeasurable. With their eye for detail, creativity, and personalised approach, interior designers bring a fresh perspective to your project, resulting in a beautiful, functional, and harmonious environment that reflects your unique taste and enhances your everyday life.

In need of some inspiration when choosing Blinds?

Our homes are our personal sanctuaries, even more so during the current situation we are living in. It is a place of peace, calm and tranquility. While spending so much more time in our homes we have been conjuring up decorating ideas, finishing off those decorating jobs we have been meaning to get around to and wanting to progress on to other tasks around the home that we have been eagerly waiting to begin.

If choosing new window dressings such as blinds, is the one task you are wanting to tick off the list but have no idea what to choose or where to start, then we can help you.

There is no doubt that there are so many options available for window blinds, it can be daunting choosing the correct style, fabric and colour for each room. So, sit back and relax while we take you through some of the options, helping you to move forward with your design choice.

Roman Blinds have become increasingly popular. They are the ultimate in style and sophistication. They provide a soft, dreamy and luxurious feel to a room. They sit neatly folded allowing you to show as much of the fabric as you wish, and once closed fully add a cosy, stylish feel. They are suitable for most rooms and can be made up from most fabrics. Although, it is not advisable to use linen in an environment where there is moisture, such as bathroom and kitchens. There are an array of fabric patterns and textures available for Roman Blinds, you will be spoilt for choice, but we can help narrow down your choices to suit the colour scheme and desired feel of each room.

A Roller Blind is a little more formal looking, they are the simplest way to transform a room but are very stylish as well as practical. Suitable for any room in the house, with blackout or dim out options for bedrooms, wipe able fabrics for kitchens or bathrooms and UV proof fabrics for conservatories. They can be motorised and set up to your smart home systems, while being practically maintenance free. There are a vast selection of colours, patterns and trims if required, to choose from, so you can design your blind to your own specific design ideas.





The same applies for Vertical Blinds, which have come along way from being used in just office spaces. They have become a favourite with many homeowners and are mostly used in Living Room spaces and are especially good for large windows and doors. They are fully functional, using the tilt and turn option or fully closed and open. Available in plain and patterned fabrics with the option of sewn in weights, so no need for the chain to hold them in place.

Have you heard of the Perfect Fit Blind? These blinds are measured and installed into the frame of the window, which provides a fuss free and contemporary finish. They are ideal for conservatories, or doors, avoiding the blind to hang loosely and clatter on each use of the door. The installation is a simple process and there is no need for drilling into surrounding window frames. Available in wood, metal and roller blind options.

The other alternative you could consider is a Venetian Blind. If you have ever considered shutters but these are not within your budgetary requirements, then a Venetian Blind will offer a similar look, but are a more cost-effective alternative. They come in a variety of wood finishes and colours to suit the room and colour frame of the windows. Versatile too, as they can be placed in any room and like the Vertical Blind offer tilt and turn movements for privacy and shade.




Have we helped with your decision of which blind would most suit the room and the look you are wanting to achieve? It is important to think of what you need from your new window dressing, ensuring you make the right choice, realising that each room has a different functionality. With the added help of our input on fabric choices you will be well on your way to creating the desired look as well as ticking that task from your to do list.






Have you ever contemplated hiring an Interior Designer?

The decision to hire an interior designer is a personal one and one that should be well thought out. If you are unsure if it is beneficial for your next project, then here are some tips to consider before you embark on your project. Many people would not even contemplate beginning a project without an interior designer to hand.

If like many, you know what you like, how you want your home to look, have an abundance of ideas, but you are finding it difficult slotting all them all into place, then hiring an interior designer could be just what you need.

You may think it costly to involve an interior designer, and that such a service is expensive and financially out of reach. However, there are factors to consider such as, input and knowledge that they can offer that will save you time, as they will hunt out pieces for the design. Resources are readily available to the designer, saving you endless time locating products and comparing prices. They carry out all the research, so you don’t have to.

There will be less headaches from decision making, as they can offer you their skill of tying the design together. A designer is trained to think differently and see things that the client cannot. It is then their job to express these designs and their thought process onto a mood board, allowing the client to have a visual representation of what the finished result will be.

It also prevents the dreaded feeling of not being entirely happy with your project on completion. It can be more difficult than many think to relay your ideas into reality, but your interior designer can offer you solutions and choices you may never have thought of or put together. It can open your mind, to fabrics, furniture, accessories etc that you never knew existed, but in a calm and enjoyable process as they guide you along the way, helping you to bring your ideas to life.

If you have just moved home, bought your very first home, wanting to invest into your existing home, or you are even trying to sell your home but are unsure where to start with the interiors, then contacting an interior designer is the first step. If you already have a few ideas about what you want, what kind of style you are looking for and are unsure where to find the right pieces of furniture, they can help you without completely taking over the design. If you are selling your home, they can help add value and more appeal to potential buyers, helping it stand out from the competition and therefore helping to reduce the amount of time to sell. No matter how big or small your home an interior designer can add that wow factor you have been searching for. Creating a home that provides a lasting first impression.


If your requirements happen to be on a larger scale and you are building or renovating your own home, the input and strong relationship between client and the designer are of the same level, with the possible addition of project managing the design, trust in your designer is vital. It is an inevitable fact that renovating a house can be an enormous amount of stress added to you, so to lessen this burden, involving a designer can save you time and stress trying to locate reliable, contractors, plumbers and electricians for your project. Not always as easy task.

Do not think that an interior designer will go completely overboard and make the end result extremely ostentatious, unless that happens to be the look you are going for. Maybe you have the idea they will take over your vision and ideas of the design and not fully involve you or listen to the brief you have provided.

For interior designer’s communication is key and they will ensure and make the effort to get to know you, understand your needs, requirements and style. Designers will offer suggestions that you had maybe not even considered or even thought you would like but once demonstrated how these feature within the design, can open your mind to new possibilities, tying it all together perfectly. The simplest way to make sure you are happy with the end result is by having a firm idea of the aesthetics that appeal to you, or sometimes just knowing what you don’t like can be a big help too!

Your designer is there to offer input and is trained to help you to see things that may not be so obvious to the client. They have the skill to balance aesthetics and functionality while also considering how each item will fit together. You will need to give your final approval before moving forward throughout the process and the designer will greatly appreciate all feedback. Whether negative or positive all feedback is the only way to secure a happy ending. The need to decision make is not only left up to the designer, so do be prepared to air your opinion and share your thoughts, as this is your home after all.

Yes, you may be surprised to hear but they can save you money. It may sound strange that hiring an interior professional will help you save money, as there will be designers fees to consider, but it can be financially helpful as it reduces the unnecessary spending and prevents you from making costly mistakes. There are no hidden costs and hence will encourage spending more efficiently. This will provide a positive impact on the overall budget. An interior designer knows how to manage the expenditure for arranging and organising the house, depending upon the budget of the customer.

Working to the client’s brief and budget is of great importance. Establishing the budgetary requirements is one of the first stages of the process and discussing if any pieces of furniture, wall art etc are to be kept and used to tie into the design. You may have family heirlooms that you wish to incorporate, and your designer will continue to stick to the budget and ideas discussed throughout the whole process. Buying items through an interior designer is more beneficial than having to buy from multiple shops too as each item will be quality checked before being sent to site. Any damaged pieces of furniture will not be sent to the property, saving you time and unnecessary stress. The cost of purchasing through your interior designer is no greater than if you bought it yourself, which many people seem to think is not the case. Some people love having the workload taken out of their hands, just agree the items you require for the project and let the designer do all the work for you.

How to weave wool into your winter interiors

Wool is such a versatile material that it’s used across all aspects of interiors for various reasons. Let’s look at some of the benefits of introducing wool to your home, ready to get snuggly for the winter months.

Throws and blankets are the first obvious choice here. Wool is known for its insulating qualities and the material really does make for the most snuggly blankets. It can also be very stylish! Here in Wales we have the most fantastic woollen mills still operating, including Melin Tregwynt who are known for their striking designs that have a more modern twist on the traditional Welsh wool blankets.

So, we know that wool is our first port of call for warm and snuggly, but don’t forget some of the less obvious areas that this property of the material is useful. Our carpets can also be warm and snuggly! All carpets have tog ratings, just like our duvets do. So if you don’t have underfloor heating, the higher the tog rating the better! The insulating properties help to keep as much heat in when you’ve got the heating blasting out, and also keep the cold out, by sealing in the cold of the concrete floor that is often in the structure of the ground floor of our houses.

Wool carpets don’t have to be boring either! One of our suppliers Alternative flooring have the most funky, geometric and bold designs available on the market. But of course, sometimes simplicity is the key and opting for a neutral loop as a base colour can be very effective. You can always jazz it up with a rug later on and tie in the colours with some cushions too.

Never been a wool fan because you’ve always found a little scratchy? Look for products that are made with merino wool, it’s super soft to the touch. It may cost a little more, but that soft touch is totally worth it. Interestingly, New Zealand wool is even softer! New Zealand sheep have an extra soft coat, which means when it’s turned into wool products, you get an amazing smooth and soft finish. Sometimes the wool is a blend, but the more New Zealand wool content it’s got, the softer it will be!

How to choose the right hard flooring for your home

There’s so many different types of hard flooring on the market these days, it can get very over-whelming with all the different choices and advice you are given. As we are an independent supplier and fitter in Pembrokeshire, and regularly give advice to our clients on this subject, we’ve decided to put together a short guide to the benefits and drawbacks of some of the different types to help you see the wood for the trees (or the engineered from the solid!)

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

This is a fast-growing industry at the moment, and for very good reason. Vinyl tiles, or more commonly known by the brand names of Karndean, Amtico & Harvey Maria, are both stylish and practical. Karndean and Harvey Maria are our favourite brands because of the excellent long guarantees that they come with, as long as they are fitted by an approved installer. A flooring fitter should always check the damp levels of the floor, and provide sound advice on prepping it ready for a perfect finish when the final and top layer of flooring goes down. This will ensure that the floor won’t fail in months and years to come.

Vinyl tiles are easy to clean, and waterproof, great for homes with pets and children, warmer underfoot than ceramics and generally a very hard-wearing product.

Look out for anything less than a 0.55mm wear layer as it won’t be very hard wearing.

Natural Stone Floors

If you’re working on an old renovation or trying to add in some character to a building then stone floors could be the way to go. From slate to limestone to marble, these organic and raw materials are extremely tactile and will never wear out. If you want something more contemporary then you could go for a polished or honed finish which will give you a smooth surface. If you’re looking for something a little more rustic then you can go for tumbled or etched, which will give you the rough edges and more traditional look. Stone floors are a little bit less practical with children as it’s a harder surface. Very little maintenance is required with stone, as long as it’s sealed properly when installed. Stone is a natural product, there will be some variety in colour, tone and texture. This is part of the beauty of the material and should be expected. If you want a consistent colour and finish, a man made product would suit you better.

Things to look out for

Where the stone tiles have come from has an impact on quality, for both the stone itself and for consistency of quality control as it leaves the quarry. The depth of the tiles and the density. The deeper in the quarry they come from, the more dense and higher quality it will be. Also check if the palettes are taken from the same slab. This will ensure the colour variation is as close as it can be.

Cushioned Vinyl

A great budget option for bathrooms and small kitchens. Warm underfoot and available in hundreds of ceramic & wood plank designs available. Cushioned vinyl or roll vinyl flooring is perfect for lightly used areas with low footfall.

Things to look out for

This type of flooring is usually a great short-term option as it will puncture with high pressure such as walking on it with heels. It’s still easy to clean but won’t stand up to dog claws very well.

Laminate Flooring

Laminates are steadily being replaced by vinyl tile flooring. Laminates have a top printed layer which wears away very quickly in high and medium footfall areas. Any water contact will make the planks expand and very quickly ruin the floor. Laminate has always been a great budget option, but can also be noisy and doesn’t last very long. Try to stick to well known brands such as Quickstep, and look out for the Hydroseal version as this is a much better quality product.

Ceramic & Porcelain Tiles

This is another product that is slowly being replaced by vinyl tiles in the market because the vinyl is much easier to clean. There are still some great design options in ceramic & porcelain tiles and they work particularly well in bathrooms where you can match the wall and floor tiles for a consistent finish. Ceramics are perfect for kitchen splashbacks, although cleaning grout is always a little bit tricky. It’s worth looking at underfloor heating with these tiles because it can be quite cold underfoot.

Solid & Engineered Wood

Solid Wood

If you already have a solid wood floor, then it’s usually worth restoring. Because it’s solid all the way through, it can be sanded several times throughout it’s lifetime. Solid wood does dent and scratch, and is particularly expensive to buy new.

Engineered wood

A great alternative to solid wood if you are putting a new floor in. It’s much more cost effective than solid wood and gives a lovely natural finish. Oiled floors are relatively high maintenance and will need oiling every couple of years. Lacquered finished are also available and will last much longer without any maintenance. Again, these floors will dent and scratch, it’s part of the natural material so you’ll need to embrace the look of a not quite perfect finish.

Kahrs oak johan straight lay engineered wood plank in dining room

Thinking of having shutters installed in your home?

Here’s our quick guide to what’s available. There are so many options for shutters, so it can be a bit over-whelming when you first start looking, but we've covered some of the essentials below.

Main styles:

Full Height

Full Height Shutters

This option works perfectly for smaller windows that have Georgian bars or more than one pane of glass on the window. The shutters open and close fully with a single panel, but you can still choose multiple panels across the width of the window. Image shown has a decorative mid-rail, the panels open in one, but the tilt rod is in two pieces.

Cafe Style

Cafe Style Shutters

If you live on the main road, where people walk past your windows on a regular basis this can be a great style to choose. It gives you plenty of privacy, as you can leave the shutters closed and just use the tilt and turn option to let some light in. The top of the window will be fully open to let in the maximum amount of light.

Tier on Tier

Tier on Tier Shutters

This style of shutter is great for maximum flexibility. The top panels open separately from the bottom panels, plus you have the tilt and turn option too. This allows you to let the light in during the day and cosy up at night. Although the majority of our customers leave the panels closed 90% of the time.


We supply two main types of shutters, here are the different materials explained below.

Poly-Vinyl Shutters

Poly-Vinyl is a popular choice for shutters, and is a perfect option for bathrooms or any areas with moisture. With a 10 year warranty, these shutters are extremely hard wearing, the louvers are also supported with a metal bar running through the centre of them. Available in many versions of white, creams and pale greys, they are both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Avoid dark colours in poly-vinyl, as the material absorbs too much sunlight and damaged the shutters.

Bass Wood Shutters

Gliding Shutters

Bass wood will give you the traditional look and feel of plantation shutters, available with a 3 year warranty. There are many colour options available. Sprayed finishes (usually white or an off-white) are made from engineered bass wood. Wood stain finishes are made from a solid bass wood because you will see the wood grain on these. Bass wood is a nice and lightweight wood, making the shutters easier to use and is a high quality wood. These are also available in bespoke, sprayed to order colours.

What to avoid

We recommend avoiding MDF wood in shutters. Any hint of moisture, which is common in bay windows, will get in to the wood, it will expand and your shutters will ruin. MDF is also very heavy, which can cause the shutters to drop on the hinges, which will damage the wood in the long term. Although a cheaper option, we do not supply MDF shutters for these reasons.

The Farmhouse Kitchen

Our kitchens are where we spend so much of our time, cooking, entertaining guests, baking with the grandchildren, dining, it really is the hub of the home. The farmhouse kitchen has always been around and is still a very popular choice with its enduring and charming appeal.

The look of a farmhouse kitchen is extremely versatile. With being able to use different cabinets, no need for base units to match wall units, the array of colours, textures and styles that can be used to create a truly bespoke kitchen that suits your homelife and your personality yet remaining completely functional.

The farmhouse kitchen always has that element of ‘Home’, that warm, inviting, cosy feeling, that wraps its arms around you as soon as you enter it. It is where the cooking smells and sound of laughter come oozing out of. Many farmhouse kitchens have withstood years and years of family life, showing signs of wear and tear but this just adds to its charm and character.

The design of a traditional kitchen such as this, is rapidly changing and moving along with the trends of today, it has the character that we know and love, but with a modern twist. Keeping the rustic feel, mixing the old with new captures elements of the style, but brings it fully up to date.


Let’s start with the units and worktops and build our kitchen around them. The Shaker Style units are predominately used in a farmhouse kitchen. Shaker style doors work in both a classic, country style kitchen as well as a modern, contemporary kitchen. They have a recessed centre which can bevelled or plain depending on the finish you prefer. The units can be free standing, giving the kitchen a more relaxed feel than a fully fitted kitchen and you can even mix and match the units to achieve the best space for your family’s needs. Alternatives to classic base cabinet doors are fabrics that can be used beneath the worktop to create a cute, vintage look. Fabrics are often used to hide under counter appliances.

For larger kitchens or open plan living areas, it would be an advantage to the design and practicality to have an island installed. The island is multi-purpose as it can be used to cook, socialise and eat, making it the perfect addition to a farmhouse kitchen.

The colour of the cabinets plays a very important factor within its design, white or light neutral colours are the most common palette, but other colours such as grey and navy blue are becoming an extremely popular choice. You can make your kitchen completely bespoke by considering other finishing touches such as, pelmets, cornicing, glass display units, plate and wine racks, tray inserts, larder units, the choices are endless. An effective way to turn your kitchen into a farmhouse style, is adding in some open shelving. It has a natural and raw effect, allowing you to show off some of your favourite crockery, adding colour and interest at the same time.

Considering other farmhouse staples, the traditional range cooker and butlers sink add character and compliment the units.


Your kitchen units also need to compliment other finishes such as your worktop. The most common choices for a worktop in a country style kitchen is wood or stone. Wood seems to be the most preferred choice as the warm tones of wood worktops add a wholesome, welcoming atmosphere. Wooden worktops do tend to need some looking after to prolong their use, but it can be easy to restore should it get damaged, as sanding and polishing can remove scratches. The colours of the stone worktop that tend to work best are the more natural colours rather than a heavy black, which will detract from the county look you wish to create.

With the kitchen being the heart of the home, choosing the right type of flooring for this busy area is an important decision. In many homes it is the area that sees most of the wear and tear, so it is important to choose a flooring that can live up to this demand.

Wood flooring is the traditional choice for many country kitchens. The warm tones and textures of wood fit naturally with a country interior. If you have original floorboards, the popular trend is for a ‘distressed’ appearance that maintains the extreme weathering of the boards. But for a crisper and cleaner look, you can sand the floorboards, wax or varnish, bringing the floor back to life.

Another desired look for the farmhouse kitchen is flagstone flooring. This captures the essence of a country kitchen with the natural colours and shapes that the flagstone provides. They come in an array of shapes, sizes and textures depending on where the stone originates from. The variety in which the flagstones are available means that you can achieve a unique floor for your home, and they are easy to care for.

If your kitchen has timbers on the ceiling or walls, leaving these exposed provides a focal point and a welcoming and cosy farmhouse feel. It adds to the rustic look and breaks up the paintwork. When thinking of colours to paint your kitchen, if you are wanting to add a splash of colour, natural tones tend to work better. Soft blues and greens are gentle enough to not detract from the other features of the kitchen.

Depending on the size of your kitchen, an accent wall always makes an attractive feature. In keeping with the natural elements of a farmhouse kitchen the most complimentary materials to use are wood or brick. If your desired featured wall consists of wood, you could paint it in colour that ties in with your kitchen units.

Choosing the correct window dressings for your farmhouse kitchen, is down to personal taste and the type of look you want to create. Whether your kitchen be completely traditional or have a modern twist. It is important to always dress the windows but making sure that the fabric chosen is not too heavy or dark. The importance of allowing as much natural light in as possible adds to the feel of the room.

A traditional farmhouse style captures grace and style but mixed with rustic elements. The most popular colours used are mainly whites and neutrals, but as with the kitchen units, greys are becoming more and more popular. The type of dressings more commonly used are soft curtains in sheer fabrics and roman blinds which give a neat finish and beautifully frame the window, in pretty florals or county checks.

Lighting plays an important role in the design you wish to create; it can even be the base to your design, marrying up your kitchen ideas with the features of the lighting whether that may be elegantly weathered or a more modern clean look. There are many types and designs of characterful lighting that would suit the farmhouse kitchen. You could opt for pendant lighting that can be placed above the island or breakfast bar, an iron chandelier or even vintage track lighting where the lamps can hang from a rustic wooden feature. All these lighting options would be in keeping with the farmhouse style.


Winter’s Coming..

Winter is coming… but don’t worry we’ve got you covered!
This is the ideal time to dress your windows ready for the winter months ahead!

Over the last year we have written a few blogs around the advantages of having Curtains, Blinds and Shutters, but we have mainly focussed on the customisable aspect!

But for this blog I wanted to focus on the best types of window dressing for the winter, so let’s get stuck in.


Made to Measure Eyelet Curtains

When it comes to Curtains we would suggest that you either have thermal lining or that you have interlined curtains.

When paired with a heavy fabric, you will be sure to keep out any drafts!

Floor Length Curtains are particularly effective on Doors and Tall Windows, and can be removed once the warmer months come around!


Made to Measure Roman Blinds

The most effective blinds to keep the cold out and the heat in are Roman Blinds. Similarly to Curtains, we would also suggest having thermal lining or having your Roman Blinds interlined.

Romans can fit very snugly to your window, which makes them great if you have radiators under your window.



When it comes to Shutters for Winter, we would suggest Full Height and Tier on Tier Shutters. They are fitted perfectly to your window frame, and so when closed, they’re great for keeping out unwelcome drafts.

Shutters create an air gap similar to that which double glazed windows do, which is great for eliminating any heat loss.


I hope this has helped you with choosing the best winter window dressing for your home. If you do have any questions about these window treatments, leave us a message in the comments, and we’ll see if we can help you!

2017 tile trends you need to know about

Tiles will never date or go out of fashion. They are a staple in any home to add a bit of character and elegance. Sure, tile styles may change from year to year, but I think we can safely say that tiles will always be welcome in our homes – whether in the hallway, kitchen or bathroom, they add a certain something that can put the finishing touches on the theme you’re going for.

However, not only do tiles improve the look of your home, making it warm and welcoming, they are also durable and extremely low maintenance. When it comes to tiles there are various styles, colours, shapes and installation patterns to choose from, but if you’re looking to redecorate, there are some trends you may want to read up on to achieve this season’s must have looks.

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Tile styles dominating the interior design world this season are major throwbacks to the trends of one of the most iconic decades. That’s right, seventies home décor is making a comeback.

Bringing seventies trends of bold coloured, textured and unusually shaped tiles in to your home this season will give your interiors a fashion–forward retro vibe.

Another huge trend in tiling styles this season is designing your kitchen and bathroom from the ground up with statement floor tiles to add impact. Design your kitchen or bathroom with your tiles in mind, and ensure everything works around the tile.


As mentioned, bold colours are really in this season but there are some colours which are particularly popular. Green and bronze are the main colours influencing current interior designs and are the perfect colour choices if you’re looking to update your tiles or simply inject some on trend shades in to your kitchen or bathroom.

Another colour dominating the interior design scene is grey. You’ve probably seen this colour make an appearance in every interior magazine or website you’ve visited lately – whether it’s a dark charcoal grey or a light and airy dove grey, there are so many shades to choose from to give your room the desired outcome – what’s not to love?!


Geometric tiles are the most common tile shape trends this season and the most prevalent is hexagon shaped tiles. Seventies shapes like hexagons and circles incorporated in to kitchen and bathroom tiles are effective in adding interest to your home interiors.

There are other playful shapes that are huge right now such as the unique fish scale tile and with these scalloped designs you can welcome the mermaid craze in to your home. Rather than the regular square tiles, less daring shapes are the large brick shaped tiles and the long narrow subway tile.


You can truly bring the seventies vibe in to your home with the classical Terracotta pattern. Terracotta pays homage to the creative layouts which are really on trend for kitchen and bathroom tiles this season. You can have fun experimenting with which tile layouts would suit your room space or be extra daring and try some patterned tiles to make a bolder statement.

Whilst tile trends tend to come and go, tiling floors or walls in your kitchen. bathroom and hallway is always going to be an interior design staple.


Thanks for reading!

Cheryl Christer

Managing Director and Interior Design Expert at Glamorgan Tiles

We hope that you enjoyed reading about the latest Tile Trends! We welcome your comments below.