New Looks for a New Year

Are you surveying the excess and over-decoration of the festive period? Are you secretly longing for some post-Christmas peace and simplicity? Well, if you’re already planning some new year renovations you’re in luck because we’re bringing you some pleasingly understated yet on-trend ideas for 2021…

Sleek Simplicity

Large format tiles are increasingly popular, and although accent colours may come and go (we’ll be looking at the curious Pantone Colour of the Year 2021 later), for a costly kitchen make-over it’s generally a good idea to keep it simple. The choice of grey and black cabinetry is a win-win, gold accents are genius, and the bar stools (similar are available from My-Furniture) add a great finishing touch that can be updated when another favourite colour comes along. Our Alaska White Gloss porcelain tiles are a timeless choice for this type of roomscape.

Traditional Inspiration

If you have a tiled kitchen splashback and would like a new look, then it’s a reasonably straightforward task to refresh the look with some new tiles – perhaps adding a new colour to a neutral scheme or toning down a bright scheme. There’s a renewed interest in rustic, hand-made aesthetics for tiles – beautifully illustrated here with our  Village Cloud Wall Tiles; a gorgeous soft blue that is very suited to a traditionally-styled kitchen.

Focus on the Floor

Replacing floor tiles is an option – and can completely update a tired-looking bathroom or kitchen. It all depends on the sub-floor of course – don’t skimp on that stage. For advice on preparation, check out the Floor Tiling section of our Help Centre, and perhaps think about including Underfloor Heating too. These are our  Mr Jones Grey Pattern Wall and Floor Tiles, also available in Azure Blue and Cream.

Take A Seat

This is such a perfect example of a simple kitchen update! These are Sawyer Bar Stools in Mustard Yellow by Danetti, which chime beautifully with the new Pantone Colour of the Year, and of course, add a beautiful zip of colour to a classic kitchen scheme. Try also our Linear Grey Gloss Wall Tiles and Arcticwood Ice Grey Wood Effect Floor Tiles for a practical floor choice.

Marvellous Marble

Luxury finishes are always on-trend, and although marble is correctly thought to be a luxurious choice, there are ceramic options which don’t cost the earth. Our Invisible Marble Gloss tiles are suited to both walls and floors. They have been designed as a faithful reproduction of classic statuary marble, and can add a very luxurious look to bathroom (and kitchen!) walls and floors.

Go for the Glow

We wanted to get to grips with the latest yellows, so it was good to hear from Charlie Marshall, founder of; “A few years ago, it was all about neutrals, but I think now with sites like Pinterest and Instagram, and plenty of good inspiration out there, it’s easier to get bolder colours right. Pantone’s Colours of the Year, Illuminating and Ultimate Grey, cater for many customer tastes with the colour combo working well for many schemes. Our yellow fabrics are already proving a hit this year with our Bumblebee clever velvet and new Burnished Yellow clever velvet being the most popular choice for 2020. Similar with our grey fabrics, where our annual sales are up compared to last year.

“For a grown-up scheme, yellow shades look especially great with greys, so if you have existing grey pieces, or perhaps grey walls, then why not give your room an update with pops of yellow? There’s no reason why you can’t go for a bigger, investment piece in a brighter colour. We’re huge fans of a yellow sofa here at Loaf and use this colour combo often in our photography and in our Shacks.

“Our best advice is to always opt more for lasting style and colour. To stand the test of time it doesn’t need to be trendy, but it should be stylish. Using statement colours are a great way to give a fresh take to a classic design but ensure you choose what you love, that’s well made and will still look great in five years’ time.” Oh, and we can’t resist suggesting that some stone effect tiles – our Stone Travertine Wall and Floor Tiles for example – would pair really well with this Slim Jim corduroy sofa.

New Year Looks

Three suggestions to ease you into the New Year; From left; Make working from home a little more enjoyable in 2021 with the Bruton Home Office Armoire from The Dormy House (so you can close the door on work at the end of the day!). Centre; Another splash of colour, it’s the Gumdrop Pouffe in Bumblebee Clever Velvet from Loaf. Lastly, add colour to the table with some new ideas such as these Wild Child Napkins from Setting Pretty – actually they could easily segue from Christmas to New Year and beyond! In great colours, for all seasons.

Embrace The Trend

Large format tiles embrace the contemporary look, and using the same tiles (but perhaps a different format) for both walls and floors emphasises a luxury, seamless look. Here, the grout is white, but using one of our darker grouts would streamline things even further…

Outside Edge

As we’re all getting used to needing to socialise outdoors more often, we’re expecting many of our lovely customers to be embarking on outdoor projects. So here you are, just a little inspiration for 2021…why not kit out the terrace with some decorative screens and perhaps some of your super-competent DIYers could investigate building some outdoor sofas as well? The screens here are by Screen With Envy and are rather fetching we think you’ll agree!

We wish you all health and happiness for Christmas and the New Year and hope that you enjoy the holiday season as much as you can given the circumstances. If you’re planning a new year refresh and/or are including any of the ideas mentioned here then we’d love to see your photos – Hit us up on twitter @TileMountainUKFacebook or tag us on Instagram with your pics!

You might also like these posts on the Tile Mountain blog…

How To Prepare Your Home for Christmas Guests

Post-Party Cleanup and Decorating for the New Year

Trend Watch: Pantone’s Classic Blue 2020

Linda has worked as a freelance interiors writer and blogger for many years; she has written for most of the major home and design magazines, including KBB Magazine, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Period Homes and Good Homes. She made the break and moved from London back to her home town of Shrewsbury three years ago and has just finished renovating her house. She also works in an interior design studio, produces copy for brochures and website, tries to tame her garden, aims to finish all the home furnishing projects she has on the go … and loves walking.