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Check Mate!

There’s something extremely stylish about a black and white floor.  It’s a true classic but also very of-the-moment. It can be used to easily create a timeless interior and works effortlessly with all styles of property, from rustic country home to city apartment.

Whilst there are endless pattern combinations and designs, the chequer board is the simplest and most iconic. The white tiles reflect the light and the black tiles absorb it, creating a bold statement.  Sticking to a monotone colour scheme creates a very dramatic, tailored look, but if that’s a little too severe other materials can be added to soften the appearance. Accents of marble and luxe metallics can make a bathroom feel very feminine – and indoor greenery will instantly soothe the soul. Organic materials, like wood and stone, can also be used for a more contemporary rustic feel.

If you’re planning a bathroom from scratch, the angles of your bath and basin – in combination with the tiles – will steer the design.  Straight edges will give a more masculine feel, whilst the introduction of some curvaceous lines will, again, soften – be it a roll top bath or a circular mirror.

For an injection of colour, checkerboards can also be created with other combinations.  Heritage red and black are beautiful options if you’re looking for something classical and glamorous – or pale blue and white for a more playful look.

A monotone scheme can also be created with pattern. Both Dovetail Ink Black and Lattice Storm Grey are both lovely options, bringing a two-tone vibe with a hint of heritage.

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Decorating with Floors

Strong heritage tones are steering the colour trends, with Autumn / Winter predictions championing bold pigments – from deep blue and frosty grey, through merlot, to opulent olive green.  These classic shades work equally well in traditional and contemporary spaces, on walls and woodwork, but they can also create a fabulous style statement underfoot. 

Bold coloured floor decors bring an interior alive, from its root, and work best when contrasted with a neutral shade.  Repeating linear patterns, like these designs from Harvey Maria’s Signature Collection, draw the eye and introduce colour and symmetry, in designs spanning from petal motifs to striking geometric patterns.

These on-trend patterned designs can also be framed with single coloured tiles, or a contrasting décor, like an ultra-realistic wood effect.  This creates a fabulous horizontal feature and can be used to zone floor areas, like under a table, around a kitchen island or butchers block, or to create a hallway runner.

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Ten reasons to choose a great wood effect

1. It’s hard to spot the difference between a premium, wood-effect and the real thing. Modern Register in Emboss finishes, like Harvey Maria’s MSeries, mirror the wood grain design underneath, so they look incredibly realistic. They also come in a wide range of natural wood colours – take a look at the MSeries Swatch Book

2. MSeries wood-effects are recognised for their low lifetime environmental impact and have many clean air certifications

3. No harmful chemicals are needed to clean and maintain a wood-effect floor

4. Premium natural effects, like MSeries, can be recycled

5. The latest breed of flat matt finishes reinforces the natural rustic look

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6. A wood-effect floor is a lot thinner than a timber floor, so it’s easy to install without having to plane doors, remove skirting boards, risk boxing in kitchen appliances, etc

7. Wood-effect floors are waterproof, so they’ll ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, hallways and boot rooms

8. MSeries can be installed over underfloor heating systems, for extra comfort

9. Textured wood-effect finishes have good grip, so they’re safe underfoot – ideal for family homes

10. Wood-effects are incredibly durable – and a very ‘pocket friendly’ flooring option

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A home-grown renovation project…

So far it’s been a year of new beginnings. I’ve recently joined the lovely team here at Harvey Maria which is extremely exciting, as there is lots to do and lots of fabulous new projects to talk about – please watch this space :)

I have also left my beloved Brighton & moved to the country with my boyfriend and 2 small children. We have many projects – which we seem to enjoy starting all at once – but our most pressing is to create a garden guest bedroom out of what was once the potting shed. We knew that we wanted the room to be cosy, and like the rest of the house, reflect its immediate surroundings – we are nestled within the South Downs – so we find ourselves constantly inspired and influenced by organic colours and rustic texture.

Our first difficult decision was to choose the right type of flooring, as currently we’ve just got a rather dirty concrete floor. Our instinct was wood planks, but everything we looked at came up too thick and would make shutting the door impossible. It was also important to choose a floor that is sustainable and has a low environmental impact – both inside and out. The floor also needs to be warm, stand up to muddy boots and most importantly look natural – phew!

Taking a look at Harvey Maria’s Natural Plank designs was the obvious choice. They’ve been beautifully crafted to look and feel like real wood. The embossed ‘natural wood’ texture follows the grain, but these planks are only 2.5mm thick. We chose Tawn for laid-back vibes – take a look at the range here.

We’re now in the process of prepping the concrete floor and deciding on walls – bare brick or tongue & groove? Will keep you posted…

 

NEW IN: ORGANICS – The New Luxury Vinyl Tile Collection

Celebrating the appeal of natural stone in a durable and hardwearing underfoot surface, meet our new Organics vinyl floor tile collection. A unique collection of luxury vinyl tiles, Organics displays the natural characteristics of stone, beautifully translated to the surface of this tough material to bring long-lasting style to the home. Available in two versatile designs, Organics Stone and Organics Edge & Square, the tiles are offered in a choice of four neutral colours, from the cool hues of Natural and Jurassic Stone to the warming shade of Portland. Each palette is designed to effortlessly complement one another, allowing the flexibility to install as a single uniform surface or in a distinctive mix-and-match pattern.

 

When it comes to the benefits of vinyl tiles, unlike natural stone flooring – which is prone to staining, cracking and chipping – the Organics collection is hardwearing, easy to maintain and warm underfoot, making it the ideal floorcovering for high footfall areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Offering an impressive 25-year guarantee, Organics will not only create a flooring surface that looks just like the real material, but also delivers on day-to-day practicality for a floor that will impress for years to come.

 

“Organics was inspired by nature and the minimalism of postmodern architecture and furniture. It has been designed to be reassuringly recognisable but at the same time, contemporary and original. Pattern and colour are carried seamlessly through the collection allowing the user multiple combination opportunities. Or perhaps they might find beauty in the singularity of something quite simple”.

 

Four Ways to Bring Navy Blue into your Home Interior

Blue is the hue that keeps on giving. It provided a welcome colour interval in the midst of the uni-tonal grey palette (which we still love), and was also grown-up enough that we felt confident using it in our homes! From shades of petrol and navy, to ‘almost black’ midnight blues, this colour family is a truly versatile option for creating a modern yet welcoming scheme in the home. We love the colour so much that we decided to introduce an Oxford Blue finish to our latest designer flooring collection, Dovetail. Read on to see how you can incorporate the trend into your interiors for maximum effect!

 

Kitchen Cabinetry

Dark painted kitchen cabinetry is everywhere at the moment. Understandably, homeowners are cautious about making bold colour choices when it comes to big-ticket items such as kitchens and bathrooms; with ever-changing trends and practicality at the forefront of many buying decisions, it seems sensible to “settle” for muted tones that transition through the years. However, this stunning kitchen from Blakes London proves that you can create a timeless look using blue as the primary colour in your cabinetry scheme. Teamed with classic shaker door fronts, accents of rustic wood and crisp white surfaces, this seemingly bold shade becomes instantly relaxed, blending seamlessly into its surroundings without overpowering the space.

 

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Walls are the perfect canvas for showcasing blue in its best light. Not only a quick-and-easy update, paint can dramatically change the aesthetics of a room. This elegant shade of petrol / denim is called Blue Blood from Paint & Paper Library and is the perfect mid-tone blue for large expanses of wall; just enough of a colour pop to make an impact, but pared back enough that it doesn’t distract from the space. We really like the idea of painting your doors, architraves, and skirting in the same colour. This look can serve to make rooms seem bigger and ceilings higher, but ensure that the flooring is enough of a contrast to the walls so that you don’t lose the structure of your scheme. Why not try our block colour vinyl tiles in Latte White or for a real statement, the large-scale patterns of our Neisha Crosland range?

 

Flooring

A key consideration for any interior space, flooring provides a horizontal canvas that ties the rest of the room’s scheme together. Not only must it be durable and hardwearing, especially for those high-footfall areas such as kitchens and hallways, it needs to appeal visually AND cater to changing trends. Blue flooring is a great colour choice for both functional and entertaining spaces. Our NEW Dovetail luxury vinyl tile comes in a rich Oxford Blue colour, which has been specifically curated by designer, Neisha Crosland to work with a breadth of design schemes. The contrast between the blue background and the white diamond pattern makes a real impact, and harmonises just as easily with neutral cabinetry as it does with the deep blue island and cupboards shown here.

 

Woodwork

If going all out with blue across your walls is a bit too much, then why not focus your colour efforts on your home’s woodwork. We’re talking doors, skirting, staircases and any other architectural accents you can get your hands on; painting the “bones” of your room in a deep blue will essentially frame the space, and help to create defined zones. The trick with this look is to ensure that the feature colour stands out, so keep your walls pale. A great example is this amazing family home in south-west London, where the homeowners have created drama through the use of painted wood accents without losing the natural light and period charm of the space. This paint colour is technically black, but its inky undertones come through beautifully when the light hits.

Images: Living etcBlakes LondonPaint and Paper LibraryHarvey Maria.

The New DOVETAIL Flooring Collection

As you may already know, here at Harvey Maria we are truly passionate about British design. So much so that we have collaborated with some of the country’s best-loved creatives to bring you a series of unique flooring collections.

Since the launch of Parquet, our partnership with British textile designer Neisha Crosland has gone from strength to strength, combining her signature aesthetic with our luxury vinyl tiles to create floorcoverings that are as beautiful as they are practical.

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New for 2018, we’re excited to announce our third designer collection in collaboration with Neisha Crosland, DOVETAIL. Drawing inspiration from period tile patterns, Dovetail brings traditional flooring right up to date with its graphic motif and bold, repeated diamond design.

The large-format, luxury vinyl tile is available in five distinctive tones of Flax, Ink Black, Lavastone, Ochre and Oxford Blue, each of which has been thoughtfully curated by Neisha to complement a range of interior and colour themes.

As with all of our Signature flooring collections, practicality and style are considered in equal measure. Not only creating an eye-catching floorcovering for living and entertaining spaces, Dovetail is hardwearing, easy to maintain and warm underfoot, making it the ideal surface for high footfall and hardworking areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Working closely with Neisha Crosland, the Harvey Maria creative team has translated the designer’s signature aesthetic into the new vinyl tile collection to bring you a statement floor tile with added ‘WOW’ factor.

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‘Marble / stone inlay floors, as seen in Roman and Renaissance Italy, have been sources of inspiration for the Dovetail motif. This is a design that delivers a clean, modern mood whilst still resonating with the classic antiquity of ancient Rome.’

– Neisha Crosland

 

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How To: Create a contemporary bathroom space

As homeowners, we expect a lot from our bathrooms. Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is a highly functional space; so combining style with practicality is sometimes easier said than done.

There are so many choices to make and all contribute to the overall aesthetic and functionality of the room: pedestal or wall hung unit? Built-in or freestanding bath? Vinyl floor tiles or carpet? Designing a bathroom space that includes practical utilities that fit in with your interior scheme needs some careful planning.

To help you on your way, we’ve created the perfect contemporary bathroom scheme that combines stunning user-friendly features with stylish accessories so you can create a modern bathroom space perfect for the whole family!

Black is back and what better way to embrace this latest colour trend than with Crosswater’s stunning Matt Black MPRO brassware range? Designed to create a bathroom space as beautifully crafted as it is functional, combine these show-stopping taps with dark walls, such as Little Greene’s ‘Hicks’ Blue’ paint. For a luxe touch opt for sleek marbled tiles; we love Gemini’s Carrara tiles in this on-trend herringbone pattern!

No bathroom space would be complete without our Rubber Stud floor tiles. Wonderfully easy to lay, water-resistant and incredibly durable, rubber tiles offer a hugely practical and stylish flooring option for busy footfall areas, such as the bathroom. Not only will you no longer have to worry about slipping over on wet floor, our rubber floor tiles are warm to the touch and can be used in conjunction with under-floor heating. So there you have it, combine our Ice Grey rubber stud tiles with dark walls and a hint of marble for the ultimate contemporary bathroom space!

Little Greene paint in Hicks’ Blue, Crosswater, Gemini Tiles, The White Company.

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Harvey Maria Launches NEW Wood-Effect Vinyl Designs

If you’re looking to create the visual appeal of an authentic wooden floor without the hassle of installation and maintenance, then look no further than our Premium Wood vinyl plank collection. New for 2018, we’re delighted to introduce a further four wood-effect finishes to the incredibly popular range: Limed Oak, Natural Oak, Portobello Oak and Sussex Oak.

From the natural knotting and veining of wood to the complete colour selection, our talented team of designers have worked hard to ensure that our Premium Wood Collection offers the very best natural looking vinyl floor tiles. Not only offering long-lasting style, our vinyl floor tiles also offer outstanding quality and durability and come with an impressive 25-year warranty, perfect for those busy footfall areas.

Unlike real wood flooring, our wood-effect vinyl tiles won’t warp or need regular treating, and as with all Harvey Maria floor tiles, they are suitable for use with underfloor heating, making it the perfect choice for family homes.

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Dee Hardwicke ‘Lattice’: A New Spring Palette

New for 2018, we’re delighted to introduce a NEW palette of colours to the extremely popular Dee Hardwicke Lattice vinyl floor tile collection.

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Taking inspiration from the tones and patterns of the great outdoors, Lattice features a beautiful hand-painted petal motif that, when laid, creates a characterful yet bold flooring pattern perfect for any kitchen, bathroom or living space!

Now available in 10 different hues, you can now choose from the warm, muted colours of Mist and Seedpod for a subtle effect, or for a more dramatic look the Storm Grey and Tarn colourways work perfectly for making a statement!

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Not only creating an eye-catching flooring feature in living and entertaining spaces, the luxury vinyl tile is hardwearing, easy to maintain and warm underfoot, making it the ideal surface for high footfall areas and bathrooms!

“Lattice was inspired by the petals of small flowers that had scattered amongst the grass of a field near my home. It was the delicacy of these little flowers and the rhythmic pattern they made on the grassy field that inspired the Lattice design – the colours of the surrounding fields, gardens, allotments and lush covered mountains inspired the Lattice colour palette.” Dee Hardwicke

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How To: Create the perfect contemporary country kitchen

The heart of the home, our kitchens act as a jack-of-all-trades, playing host to everything from weeknight suppers and homework, to dinner parties and date nights. With this in mind, we’re showing you how to create the ultimate kitchen space that combines the charm of traditional style with the attitude and functionality of a 21st Century space. Read on to see how you can create the perfect backdrop for cooking, dining and entertaining.

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The Classic ‘Shaker’ Kitchen

A kitchen style that has stood the test of time, Shaker is a term that you’ll often hear associated with the typical country home. Made distinctive by freestanding furniture, open shelving and wood, wood and more wood, the Shaker kitchen combines elements of rustic handicraft with panelled cabinetry to create a homely and characterful space. Updated for the modern country home, this look works just as well in more contemporary interiors. This Arts and Crafts kitchen from Devol is the perfect example, combining elements of shaker seen in the open shelving, honey-coloured woodwork, and classic framed cabinetry, but brought right up to date with dark painted units. Subtle touches of polished brass picked up in the traditional cup handles and sink taps add an element of luxury, whilst the rustic table and bench offers a sociable area for dining and entertaining. If you’re fortunate enough to have a large kitchen, a central island is a must, but if not, then opt for a compact butcher’s block to add a touch of shaker to your space.

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Flooring

An important consideration for any kitchen is the flooring. Required to withstand the day-to-day footfall of busy family life (and the spills that come with it), the underfoot surface needs to be robust and easy to clean. Vinyl tiles tick both boxes, whilst also coming in a range of patterns, colours and on-trend designs. Our Dee Hardwicke Lattice luxury vinyl floor tile is the perfect modern take on a classic floor pattern, and its practical qualities also ensure that it works hard for the 21st century family kitchen space. The striking floral silhouette comes in a range of both bold and muted colours, all of which will create a country kitchen that meets the mark on both style and practicality.

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Wall Tiles

Whether you’re after a clean minimal look, or a colourful kitchen space, wall tiles are an important element in showing off your own interior style. From creating a simple border or a feature splashback to sit behind your stove, wall tiles are perfect for adding character into your cooking space. Choose from simple ceramic designs, patterned porcelain or an on-trend metro design; either way your choice of kitchen tiles will add a little personality to your kitchen scheme. Combining practicality with contemporary design, these Graphite tiles from Gemini’s Reflections range, showcase how easy it is to create a statement using these small ceramics!

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Small Appliances

Gone are the days when your tap was purely a practical appliance. In today’s modern kitchen, your tap adds another design dimension to your space. Whether its finished in aged brass or contemporary chrome, ensuring your kitchen has the perfect tap is key to creating the ultimate contemporary country kitchen. What’s more, small appliances, such as taps, have gone up in the interiors world and you can now get your hands on instant hot water taps or practical filtration taps to make life that little bit easier. These aged taps from Perrin & Rowe tick the box on style with their luxe brass finish, yet the shape is nothing but traditional.

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Surfaces

No kitchen is complete without the perfect work surface. Ensuring that yours is beautiful and yet hardwearing is vital when creating a kitchen space that steps up to those day-to-day cooking tasks. Whilst some kitchens favour a wooden worktop, these tend to mark, wear over time and can be subject to water damage. With its hardwearing properties, natural stone is the best way to go. Enter Lundhs Real Stone. Crafted by nature some 300 million years ago, Lundhs offers a range of stunning natural stone work surfaces crafted from one of the hardest natural materials.