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The Art of Installation

Over the last few months, we’ve had lots of enquiries about our installation training courses – including from some hugely experienced fitters looking to improve and develop their skills in an ever-changing market. The growth in high end design-led LVT, with its innovative patterns and eye-catching lay-outs, has created new fitting challenges and raised the standards, profile and appreciation of expert fitting services. For forward-thinking retailers and their trained fitters, this growth has created an opportunity to push for higher fitting standards – and to take the lead in ‘upskilling’ their specialist fitting teams.

The fitting of vinyl tile flooring has always been a specialist skill – and there’s certainly a very big difference between a good LVT installation and a bad one. This can become even more apparent when a customer opts for a designer pattern or herringbone design, like those offered throughout the Harvey Maria range. In response to the new and growing demand for these on-trend designs, we recently introduced our own programme of training courses, in partnership with Floorskills.

The Harvey Maria Floorskills training courses are personally supervised by some of the UK’s leading trainers and are held at Europe’s largest independent training centre; a 8,000 sq ft facility in the West Midlands. The two-day courses are held monthly and all those attending must already be familiar with the principals of LVT installation and have completed formal subfloor preparation training. This enables the course to concentrate on the specific installation requirements of a Harvey Maria floor.

The first day of the course focuses on the installation of designer patterns, borders and inlays.

“There are many different combinations available to our customers, both in terms of colour combination and laying pattern, and we’re keen to provide all our trained fitters with as much knowledge as possible, so they can enthuse their clients with all the opportunities available to them,” explained Harvey Maria’s Founder, Mark Findlay.

During the second day, there’s a focus on creativity and what can be achieved using a wide range of Harvey Maria designs and the many installation techniques available.

The course also explores the use of the correct adhesives, as well as the required cleaning and care methods, and all fitters receive certification as well as ‘Trained Fitter’ status being added to their Harvey Maria web listing. Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the two-day programme

“I’m passionate about getting as many fitters as possible through our training programme, where the tips and techniques passed on from the expert team at FloorSkills have already proved invaluable to so many.”

“Given that many of our most eye-catching designs require more attention to detail than just about any other LVT, the course represents a great opportunity to upskill. It’s been noticeable that many of the more experienced fitters have given the most positive feedback – I’m convinced that it’s a real game changer in terms of taking skills and confidence to new levels, and ultimately in delivering greater customer satisfaction!” Mark added.

Feedback from fitters has highlighted the courses’ creative potential, along with the invaluable knowledge passed on from its trainers:

“Just like to thank you all for the Harvey Maria course I attended this week at Floorskills in Solihull. The course actually opened my eyes (which doesn’t happen often!). Completing the course has got my creative juices flowing for the endless design possibilities … and I’d also like to thank Matt; it was a pleasure to meet a genuinely knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor. His skill set is second to none and his tips will be an asset to my business.” Wes Martin

“Would like to say how impressed I was by the training we’ve just undertaken at Floorskills for Harvey Maria. First off, Matt was a great trainer who we learnt a great deal from, along with some tips for getting over some of the designs within the Harvey Maria range. All in all a great course; well worth the travelling and the facilities at the Floorskills training centre were excellent!” Chris Naylor

“There were some top installers and good friends on this course. It was also really good to have a play with the product, with different colours/designs and trying various combinations and layouts. It was also fantastic to see a manufacturer attend their own training course to give insight into the product they produce and listen to feedback from the people installing on the floor. This approach can only serve to improve our trade and the quality within it.” Tony Newall

The next Harvey Maria Floorskills course takes place on 11-12 April. Courses are restricted to small groups, so early booking is recommended. To find out more, visit

To contact Harvey Maria, please call 0330 330 1231, email or visit

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Before & After: Karen’s Bright & Fresh Bathroom with Parquet Eggshell

As part of a ground floor extension, Karen Parker set out to transform one of her smaller bedrooms into a bright and modern bathroom space. Having installed a beautiful freestanding bath (something she had always wanted) and selected a subtle seagrass shade for the walls and tiles, the only thing left was to choose the perfect flooring.

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“We wanted a hard-wearing floor that would be comfortable underfoot” writes Karen. “In terms of design, the ideal flooring would be patterned and modern, whilst complementing our wall tiles without detracting from them too much. After much searching both in shops and online, I discovered Neisha Crosland’s Parquet design on the Harvey Maria website!”

bathroom after new floor installed

Whilst she originally planned to choose Parquet Charcoal to create a contrasting look, Karen ordered samples online, and realised that Eggshell was an almost perfect match to her walls and tiles. “There is enough white space in the design to keep the look simple whilst adding depth to the room. We are really pleased with the floor, and it’s so easy to keep clean!”

“We are looking at putting a similar floor down in our kitchen – we just need to select the units and colour scheme!” We’re so glad you’re happy, Karen – your new bathroom is beautiful, so we’re sure your new kitchen will be just as stunning!

Order a free sample of Parquet Eggshell, and find more inspiration on our Bathroom Flooring Inspiration page.

Before & After: Maggie’s Luxurious Bathroom with Parquet Stone Flooring

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When Maggie Galliano bought her new flat back in September 2015, she always knew she would make significant changes to the bathroom which – in her words – was looking a little ‘tired’.

“When I started planning, I had in mind some sort of black and white floor to reflect the Edwardian era of the mansion block. I was looking for inspiration online and saw a picture of your tiles on Houzz, which led me to the Harvey Maria website. I was sold!” writes Maggie.

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“In the end I decided against black and white, instead opting for Parquet in Stone, laying the tiles diagonally to add depth to the space.”

Parquet is an award-winning design by Neisha Crosland, a British designer who takes inspiration from shapes found in nature to create her trademark symmetrical motifs. The Stone shade is wonderfully versatile, working beautifully with both warm and cool tones, as seen in Maggie’s bathroom. We especially love those dramatic charcoal walls!

“The charcoal walls were actually a mistake!”, writes Maggie. “I had a sample of the paint colour to use on a feature wall in the living room. The bathroom fitters got a bit mixed up, and painted it whilst I was away. I got a bit of a shock when I came home, but actually liked it a lot and so decided to leave it – now I can’t imagine it any other way, and everyone who sees it loves the colour!”

modern bathroom with designer vinyl flooring

“I had never seen or used vinyl tiles before, and at first I was a bit unsure about them. My bathroom fitters tried very hard to convince me to choose ceramic tiles instead, but were so impressed with the end result that they now plan to use them for other jobs!”

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“Every time I walk in, I think how lucky I am to finally have this lovely bathroom.” We’re so glad you’re happy, Maggie – and we think it’s beautiful too!

Order a free sample of Parquet Stone here, or find more inspiration on our Bathroom Flooring Inspiration page!

Get the Look: Luxury Botanical Bathroom


We know that redesigning a space can be a little daunting, so we’ve hand-picked a selection of products to help you to recreate this beautiful botanical look in your own bathroom. You could follow our suggestions to the letter, or pick out your favourite elements and add some personal touches for something a little different!

Flooring: Luxury Vinyl Flooring in Lattice Pebble Grey by Dee Hardwicke – Harvey Maria
Bath: Admiral bath – Burlington Bathrooms
Taps: Belgravia Crosshead bath & shower mixer – Crosswater
Towel: Mikawa towel in Light Grey – Urbanara
Shutters: Clement Browne
Flowers: White Blossom Branch – Bloom
Paint: Tracery II No. 78 – Little Greene
Wall art: Small Antique Fern II – AllPosters
Jug: Rustic Vintage Jug – Blend Boutique

For more bathroom design inspiration, check out our bathroom flooring ideas page!


Featured Floor Winner: Mel’s Spa-Like Sanctuary in Parquet Stone

mel wiggins portrait“As a family with young children, we were looking for tiles that were easy to apply and to clean, that were soft underfoot and also gave a neutral but modern look to tie everything together. The Neisha Crosland vinyl tiles from Harvey Maria were all of those things; the perfect finishing touch in our bathroom renovation.” – Mel Wiggins, Portadown

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Perfectly blending style and functionality, Parquet by Neisha Crosland is a beautiful choice for a contemporary bathroom like Mel’s. Using grey tones and natural materials with a few choice accents of navy, she has created a beautifully serene and relaxing sanctuary for her whole family to enjoy. Mel has added texture with leafy green plants and a woven rug, and the neutral paint brings out warmer tones in the floor for a space that’s full of character.

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For being chosen as our latest ‘Featured Floor’ winner, we’ve sent Mel £50 worth of M&S vouchers for her to spend however she likes. Perhaps even something for the bathroom!

If you’d like to be in with a chance to win, just e-mail your photographs and comments to We’re constantly inspired by your fantastic creativity, and display our favourite pictures in the Customer Gallery!

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Floors For Thought: Go for Green!

Keeping it pure and simple, April’s #FloorsforThought flat lay is inspired by interiors’ favourite colour crush of the moment, green. The focus of many magazine trend pages and endless Pinterest boards, we’re delighted to admit we’re also a little bit obsessed with this season’s must-have hue (cited as the new grey by many!)

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The stylish simplicity of our ‘Little Bricks’ brick shaped tile in Apple Green is the perfect complement to the rustic design of our Church Pine wood-effect flooring. Paired with natural materials including fresh foliage and rustic wooden accessories, the colour scheme is perfect for updating a variety of interior spaces, particularly kitchens and hallways. Complete the look with hints of gold and neutral textiles to ensure homes remain just as on-trend as they are friendly and inviting.

The Signature Collection: Create statement floors with the new Dee Hardwicke range

At Harvey Maria, we’re always looking to collaborate with established British designers and makers. Having already successfully launched flooring collections with the likes of mixed-media artist Neisha Crosland and household name Cath Kidston, we’re proud to introduce our latest luxury vinyl range from British ceramicist, Dee Hardwicke.


Formed from a simplistic petal silhouette, ‘Lattice’ features a beautiful hand-painted motif that draws inspiration from the tones and patterns of the great outdoors. Available in six colours, including Cornflower Blue, Pebble Grey and Cherry Red, the classic design is perfect for creating an eye-catching flooring feature in any room, whether a small bathroom, hallway or entire kitchen. Launched as part of our ‘Signature Collection’ – a handpicked selection of vinyl floor tiles that has been curated to coordinate effortlessly with one another – Lattice by Dee Hardwicke has been combined with two new designs, Little Bricks and Premium Wood to create a distinctive fusion of plain and patterned.

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With a focus on unified design, Little Bricks and Premium Wood have been specifically designed to complement all three of the patterned designer ranges in the Signature Collection: Cath Kidston, Neisha Crosland and Dee Hardwicke, whereby each design can be used together to form decorative “rugs”, borders and zones for a bespoke flooring look. The collections also work just as effectively on their own, catering to advocates of a more simplistic and subtle appearance.


Making it easy for our customers to choose flooring that works together, the Signature Collection is presented in three key colour and pattern palettes that blend together beautifully to create a harmonious yet distinctive look in the home.

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Combining colour & pattern: Stunning new shades by Farrow & Ball

We were ridiculously excited to hear that paint and colour experts Farrow & Ball were introducing 9 new colours earlier this year, and even more excited to sneak a preview of the shades.

Renowned for their excellency in rich pigments, soft chalky finishes and the finest of ingredients, Farrow & Ball’s signature shades have an undeniable influence on the interiors world. They are also a firm favourite with our customers, who often choose them in combination with their Harvey Maria flooring. Seeing these new colours has got us hooked on teaming paints with different floor designs, creating beautiful harmonies that would work in both traditional and contemporary spaces.

From calm and neutral to bold and decorative, there are so many different styles to choose from, and so many ways to design an interior that’s perfect for you. Taking inspiration from Farrow & Ball’s gorgeous new collection, we’ve put together three of our favourite combinations to get you started!

No. 286 ‘Peignoir’ with Lattice in Pebble Greypeignoir-pebble-grey

This grey-toned blush pink is wonderfully subtle, with the ability to feel traditional and modern at the same time. The romantic shade perfectly complements the hand-painted aesthetic of the Lattice collection, and the pure tones of Pebble Grey keep the palette soft and organic.

No. 289 ‘Inchyra Blue’ with Little Bricks in Steelinchyra-blue-steel

Taking its name from the classic Georgian Inchyra House set against moody Scottish skies, this aged blue-grey seems to change in tone depending on the light. The perfect alternative to classic charcoal grey, it adds a contemporary edge to the light, clean tone of Little Bricks Steel.

No. 285 ‘Cromarty’ with Parquet in Eggshellcromarty-eggshell

Inspired by sea mist and named after the Cromarty First estuary, this neutral yet atmospheric shade beautifully blends pigments of green and grey. Its coastal tones pair perfectly with the soft blue-green of Eggshell, with its off-white background adding balance to the palette.

As one of the few precious places that you can truly call your own, designing your home to reflect your personal style is one of life’s little luxuries. There are so many ways to combine colour and pattern, and sometimes the most beautiful palettes are the most surprising, so don’t be afraid to experiment!

Our free design consultation service is available to anyone who needs a little extra reassurance or advice on colour, pattern, suitability, styling, or all of the above. Feel free to give the team a call, or drop us an email with your thoughts and ideas – we’re always more than happy to help. You’ll also find beautiful pictures and room-by-room style tips on our Flooring Inspiration page, and images of real customers’ homes on our Customer Flooring Gallery.

Hello Spring!

Welcome the freshness of spring into your home with the fabulous floral shades seen in our March #FloorsForThought flat lay!

Featuring delicate petals of scattered flowers, the hand-painted motif of Dee Hardwicke’s ‘Lattice’ floor tile is perfect for bringing bold and beautiful style to a variety of interior spaces. Inspired by nature and the changing seasons (hello spring!), we chose the blooming lovely Pear Tree Green design for this month’s #FloorsForThought – perfectly complemented by delightful daffodils and muddy green wellies!


Create the look in your home with a border of our Little Bricks floor tiles in a coordinating Apple Green shade, or continue the natural theme with our Premium Wood effect vinyl tiles in Pear Tree, perfect for adding warmth and style to living rooms, hallways and kitchens.

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We wanted to go for something really different in the hallway. Something classic, brighter and making more of a statement with its design was the look we wanted. As soon as I saw Parquet by Neisha Crosland I knew this was the one. We decided on Heather, which is a grey/purple geometric pattern on an off white background. I can’t tell you how much we love it! – Amanda, The Ana Mum Diary

See pictures and read her full review