When it comes to current tile trends, bigger is definitely better. With an extensive range of large, rectangular tiles for both floors and walls, Tilemax has a team of experts – whether you’re building a new home or renovating your kitchen or bathroom.
Dimensions vary from the most on-trend size of 45x90cm, as well as 30x90cm and 40x120cm, in porcelain for floors and walls, and in ceramic for walls only. “Many of the styles have different texture and surface interest and others have a look reminiscent of marble, stone, cement – as well as plain white glossy finishes,” says Toni Harrison, of Tilemax Christchurch.
The Verona range features a linear directional pattern, with nice variation and movement, giving it a natural feel and look. Available in both matte and polished finishes, the tile is great for all interior designs and creates a spacious, natural looking area. The Spanish-designed Concert range – a high quality porcelain – incorporates NeoTech technology and can be used in living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, external cladding and many more spaces.
The Stellar range is a stunning soft stone-style porcelain floor and wall tile. The surface of the tile has been produced and machined to provide a beautiful feel under foot, like the feel of the worn and natural patina of stone. Catering to both residential and commercial customers, Tilemax has extensive experience in selecting the best value tiles, best design and range from around the world.
Contact Tilemax Christchurch on 03-343 3893 or visit the friendly team at 280 Annex Road, Middleton. Visit www.tilemax.co.nz.
Simple living is easier said than done. Not dissimilar to the skill involved with writing a concise, compelling letter, the art of creating a minimalist space that makes an impact takes creative courage and a sense of conviction that less truly is more. It’s a challenge not for the faint hearted.
If you’re a minimalist at heart and hold sustainability in high regard but find yourself giving in to overdressing your environment for fear of it looking bland, we have some top tips to help you on your way to pared-back perfection.
Space out your pieces: Minimalist spaces benefit from an uncluttered aesthetic. A living room, for example, may only have the essentials, including a few key furniture pieces with adequate space between them and clear surfaces – few, if any, knicknacks; smart storage solutions to hide anything superfluous to requirement. Quality over quantity is the aim of this style game.
Limited colour palette: A calming, easy environment will always downplay its colour. That’s not to say you have to stick to plain white, but a gentle approach to colouring your home life is key. Muted tones like soft greys, creams, greige (beige and grey) are all great companions to a minimalist space. Laid back luxury is only ever just one lick of paint away.
Worry about the small things: Sounds ironic doesn’t it? But really, attention to detail is absolutely everything when you are taking a step away from a relaxed, layered vibe, to an intentionally barer look. Take time to consider any additions to the space, and don’t be afraid to remove things. Less is always more with this aesthetic.
Beige has long been considered the nemesis of fun in the home sphere, with no more ability to bring life to a space than a teaspoon can. But in recent times it has been shaking off its ‘plain Jane’ vibes and introducing an exciting new aesthetic.
Warm and welcoming, beige is one of those clever colour chameleons that can make the perfect pairing with almost any other colour. And, when it comes to mixing and matching with this shade shifter, the bigger the design risks, the bigger the potential payoff.
Create a clean palette by incorporating white, go dark and moody with deep blues or charcoals, or go cool and classy by incorporating a range of beige tones, from light through to dark.
When it comes to colour psychology, pair beige with soft and relaxing tones of muted green, dove greys and soft pinks to create a calm and restorative environment.
Its earthy tones lend themselves to the use of organic materials, with indoor planting, woven artwork and ceramics making popular pairings. Spaces can be brought to life by adding texture through soft furnishings like wall hangings, sheepskins, wall rugs or furniture featuring organic materials.
This colour trend pairs well with woven artwork and indoor planting helps add a lush element to the neutral palette.
American industrialist and Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford once said, “Any colour, so long as it’s black”. Renoir once described it as the “queen of all colours”, while JMW Turner once said, “If I could find anything blacker than black, I’d use it”.
As physics would have it, the absence or complete absorption of visible light means black isn’t technically a colour. And yet, despite this sinister description, this stylish shade is equally dramatic, sophisticated and handsome.
Infinitely versatile, it has been recognised for its conservative elegance as much as it has for its association with counter-culture throughout history, from beatnik to bikers and black-worshipping goths.
When it comes to creating masculine interiors, black hues draw on this clever colour’s association with the mid-century gangster glamour of film noire, drawing on cinematic sets as much as real life, and bouncing off the colour psychology of power and glamour.
Yes, we’re dealing in stereotypes here. But these are open for everyone to exploit – gender aside.
It’s not surprising that this nature-inspired colour is the one most closely associated with envy, because that’s exactly what you’ll be inducing in visitors to your humble abode if you style with this sophisticated shade.
With some traditional textures such as velvet and timber following this hue into the homewares realm, why not weave this nature-inspired hue into your interior palette. After all, it’s quite the gem.
When it comes to sprucing up your interiors, this heavenly hue in all its green glory, has never looked so good.
And, when it comes to colour psychology, it adds visual credence to the ‘green movement’, with its reported ability to improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.
As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side and in this instance, it really is, in the very best of ways.
Though hibernation is strictly associated with the animal kingdom, it’s not far removed from the human instinct to hunker down in the cooler months.
With the weather now beginning its downward descent, it’s an opportune time to harness the power of colours and textiles to create the cosiest of winter retreats.
Not only do leather and wood bring a natural warmth to the home, but they cleverly encapsulate the deliciously rich and earthy tones of autumn.
With a versatility owing to their neutral aesthetic, both leather and wood work well with a variety of colours, including other neutrals.
Make a powerful autumnal statement with a big new leather sofa or dip your toes in the water with some smaller scale accessories.
Although leather may not bring the cuddly factor to your cushions or couches, paired with fluffy textural cushions and throws in deeper brown tones, it can make your space warm and welcoming.
Wood on the other hand, lends itself exceptionally well to sidetables, cabinetry and lamps, though it can be incorporated on a smaller scale through ornaments and photo frames.
Colour is a complex phenomenon and theories about its effect on our minds and emotions range across the scientific and artistic realms. Shop our look and you’ll quickly realise the power colour has to dramatically transform a space and create a warm winter retreat.
The sartorial centrepiece of so many memorable outfits, from James Dean’s rebellious revolution to Britney and Justin’s infamous denim double-up, there’s nothing more iconic than denim.
Decade after decade this style staple maintains its place on the ‘latest looks’ lists. Beloved for its timeless appeal and ‘dress up dress down’ versatility, it’s always on trend.
But this shape-shifting chameleon has sidled its way into the home and according to the powers that be, adding a dash of denim is a sure-fire way to bring enduring style to any space.
Much like its performance as a fashionable powerhouse, when it comes to homewares, denim offers a not-quite-neutral alternative to all of those whites and greys, can play to a variety of aesthetics, and provides a sought-after splash of textural interest.
With options in dark-wash, chambray, faded and even the well-worn look available, there is something to suit every style.
So shop our inspirational look, or raid the wardrobe or thrift store to craft some clever creations all of your own.
With a hiss and a roar, wildlife has burst onto the style scene and our love for this beautiful decor cannot be tamed. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
The output of this preoccupation with some of our greatest outdoor species is, thank goodness, a big step away from anything taxidermy related – and rather focuses on beautiful sketches, Scandinavian styled stag antlers, black and white photography, and quirky decals. Pillows, bookends, crockery, and busts have also made the cut.
The wild at heart will be pleased to know that this concept has shredded its ‘kitsch’ reputation and has been given a glowing green light endorsement from the powers that be.
The feature wall, also known as the ‘statement wall’ is the pièce de résistance in modern homes, and a welcome saviour for spaces missing that certain je ne se quois.
A concept that goes hand-in-hand with many pros – helping to divide a space, adding flair, giving the illusion of depth when there isn’t much – it’s hard to imagine that the feature wall could ever disappoint. Although, it can potentially have its downsides. Namely, looking out of place in an otherwise cohesive space if the wrong colour or pattern is chosen, adding chaos to an already overcrowded space, and dating a space when the chosen colour or concept loses its street cred.
Solution? Do your homework, engage a consultant, or play around with virtual reality tools online before you commit.
It’s been touted as ‘the new millennial pink’. We’re not sure if it’s going to be able to knock this ruling hue right off its perch, but lavender is certainly not shy about what it has to offer our abodes this season.
It may not have been in the running to steal the Pantone Colour of the Year crown of glory, but a quick meander around the digital atmosphere tells us that lavender is having more than just a moment – it’s winning affections for its serene and versatile nature.
Every variation looks crisp and compelling with white, and brighter lavender is a match made in heaven when paired with lime green and orange. If you opt for a softer shade, then beige, magenta and yellows will make a striking partner.