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Archive Colours: new from Fired Earth

It’s Fired Earth’s 30th birthday and to celebrate they’ve launched Archive Colours, a new capsule paint chart inspired by their huge library of paint shades. Each Archive colour packs a visual punch: from deep blue to warm terracotta, these paint shades are perfect for making a design statement on your walls. FEPCPLATESRS1LR

They’ve given each shade an imaginative, quirky name: choose your favourite, from the wonderfully deep blue Jazz Cafe (background above and wall colour below) to the fashionable emerald green Mad King George:

Darker, warm shades include Terracotta Warrior, a homage to the company’s name:


Whilst this warm, corally pink (it looks more fuschia here than it does on the paint chart) is named after Eton Mess, the pudding made with meringues, cream and strawberries:


Another warm shade is Delias Secret: this sandy yellow was named after their favourite spices such as turmeric, cumin and saffron.


For lovers of paler hues, Hansel and Gretel, below, is a soft blush pink: with its gentle, soothing tones, it reminds me of English country cottages and faded, sprigged cotton curtains.


[All images, Fired Earth

Which is your favourite? Let me know…

To be square, or not to be square? Creating pattern with tiles

All these posts about pattern have got me thinking about new tiles, especially for the kitchen splashback, which is currently fashioned from emerald green tiles (surprisingly, the Colour for 2013 according to Pantone), including some embossed with herbs and vegetables…..


Fired Earth are the go-to place for decorative tiles that look fresh and modern, yet would also suit a rural kitchen:

I’m thinking of creating pattern in this space by choosing plain tiles with unusual shapes, such as these Marrakech Bahia tiles. Their muted, cool tones also appeal:

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Above: Marrakech Bahia tiles, suitable for both walls and floors, Fired Earth

Or these fan shaped Paris Cabaret tiles, in this mix of blues, make for a fabulous wall pattern:

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Above: handmade and hand decorated terracotta Paris Cabaret tiles, suitable for both walls and floors, Fired Earth

For traditional square tiles, this sophisticated blue and white Marrakech design comes in a choice of subtle patterns which look great mixed and matched: a fab way to introduce pattern without looking too unconventional….

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Above: Marrakech hand-decorated tiles, Fired Earth

Whilst these highly patterned Andalucia tiles will transport any bathroom wall to sunny Spain….

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Andalucian tiles in Jerez, Fired Earth 

The other tile shop that’s a must-visit is The Reclaimed Tile Company, who source reclaimed vintage tiles and antique terracotta from across Europe. Their beautiful, colourful ‘Tapas’ tile combinations are perfect for those of us who can’t decide on one pattern. A bathroom or sun room floor would look heavenly tiled in one of their mixes:


For those who prefer a more organised approach to tiling, they have hundreds of reclaimed patterned tiles to choose from.

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All tiles above from The Reclaimed Tile Company

And of course, there’s always scope for simple, chic white, as seen in these Fired Earth washrooms….

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Which do you prefer? Let me know….