Humphries Ceramic Wall Tiles

Humphries Ceramic Wall Tiles


Are you planning a tiling project? Before you buy and especially before you start tiling, have a quick read through this post, as it can prevent you from making some basic, common mistakes. Don’t say we didn’t warn you;)

1. Wrong budget
Don’t forget to factor in all accessories (trims, leveller, adhesive, grout), tools (see number 4 below) and the cost of a professional tiler, if you are hiring one. Every project is different but for a rough estimate, double the price of the tiles to include a tiler. Request a quote before you buy tiles to make sure the project is worth doing.

2. No layout
Plan your layout in advance, including areas where partial tiles are needed. Fewer tiles to cut will result in a faster process and a smoother overall look.

3. No surface check
Before you start, make sure that the surface is level, clean and flat. Put on a leveller if the floor is uneven, and scrape off any wallpaper from walls. You may want to sandpaper your walls and sponge off the dust before tiling for a smoother surface. Finally, think about protecting the adjoining areas from your tools and materials with tape and plastic or cardboard covers.

4. Missing tools
Check that you have all necessary tools before starting in order to avoid delays & frustration (level, wet saw, triangle ruler, chalk line, sponges & protective clothing, such as gloves, eyewear, masks, knee pads).

5. Not enough tiles
Order at least 10% more to allow for breakages, wrong cuts, difference in measurements, etc. See our tips on how to use surplus tiles, but keep a few spares just in case!

6. Wonky tiles
Correct any tiling mistakes immediately and don’t wait until the adhesive has hardened; scrape it off, put on new adhesive and readjust the tile or replace any chipped/cracked ones.

7. Untreated tiles
Use a sealer on tiles before grouting, as unglazed tiles need sealers to protect them from grime & dirt, as well as conserving their colour and making them easier to clean.

8. Grout or adhesive on tiles
Sponge grout or adhesives off tiles asap but don’t use too much water, as it could dilute the grout.

Want to know more? Keep checking the blog or pop into our store for a quick chat.

Patchwork Patio & Steps

We’ve just received pictures of a finished project using our Patchwork range of glazed porcelain tile!

A colourful change to traditional Victorian tiling, our popular range of Patchwork tiles has been used here to stunning effect. This is a glazed porcelain tile, so it doesn’t need to be sealed and can be used outside! Each box comes with randomly selected patterns, and with over 100 designs being used at any one time you’re sure to get a unique mosaic look.

At £49 m2 this easy maintenance tile is a great choice for a vibrant design.

Victorian tiling – we love it!

Marble nosings and traditional black & white 5x5cm

Another stunning Victorian project to add to our local area port folio. We provide a free
design service and quotations with images to arrive at the design
you are aiming for at a budget to suit.

Beautiful new range of mosaic tiles

Beautiful new range of mosaic tiles

We’re very happy to welcome a new range of mosaic tiles to the shop today. These stunning tiles are made from recycled glass and come in absolutely exquisite colours and designs. The accompanying image is one of our favorites, we just love the copper tones in the on-trend hexagon design.  Unlike some other mosaics the glass is coloured all the way through giving you a higher quality finish. Come down and see for yourself!

Tile Depot

New range of Patchwork Random Patterns

We’ve just received this new porcelain glazed tile that is boxed in randomly selected patterns so every order is unique and we can’t say which ones you’ll receive!  Unlike the lottery though we think everyone’s a winner, at least so far as we’ve had a great response from them both as a feature floor tile (they can be used indoors or out) and as kitchen splashbacks and feature walls too.

There’s two colourways, subtle Grey mix and Colour mix and 100 or so different designs at any one time that could arrive and at £49 m2 is an economical and easy maintenance tile for that more subtle and modernised Moroccan look.


Good old Quarries

Quarry TilesIt’s good to create this classic black and red quarry tiled path for our customers who wanted to replicate the style of the neighbors original quarry tiles which were traditionally made in Wales (Ruabon and Platts to name two that are sadly missed).  Since then it’s been a case of obtaining the best imports to continue them.  Frost proof with the non-slip texture they are excellent for outdoor use as well as classic kitchens too!

Why wooden ceramic floor tiles?

Wooden Ceramic Floor Tiles

Wooden Ceramic Floor

Apart from looking extremely stylish, wood effect tiles are an excellent alternative to offer on any project, from family homes to commercial properties. They are more durable than natural wood flooring: no more chipping or scratches caused by high heels, for example, making them the perfect flooring for office spaces. Wood effect tiles are also easy to clean and maintain, and can be used with underfloor heating to create a cosy radiant heat. It is also a more cost effective option than natural wood, especially as tiles can usually be found in varying lengths and widths. For anyone worried about noise insulation, cork underlay, stocked at any good tile warehouse, can counteract this problem. How to use wood effect tiles Imitation wood porcelain and ceramic tiles recreate all of the grains and notches found in real wood. They can either be laid in very close proximity with a matching grout in between to give the look of a real hardwood floor, or grout can be used to a greater effect to create a distinctive style. Don’t forget that you might want to create a wooden floor inlaid with natural stone, such as travertine, for a stylish overall effect. If you’re not sure how best to produce this look, why not pop along to the Tile Depot, Hove, for some helpful guidance.