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2020 Pantone Colour of the Year

2020 Pantone Colour of the Year

17 February 2020 |

Colour Me Blue

The Pantone Color Institute is a globally recognized leader in color trend forecasting.  Each year the Institute announces a color of the year that is derived from a really thoughtful process that considers global trends and events, socio-economical and environmental factors. They draw upon an incredibly broad spectrum of issues to determine a colour that is globally relevant for this  particular point in time.  This colour forecasting then has a huge influence on design-based industries, such as marketing, fashion and interior design. 

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Top 10 tips for selecting a tile

Top 10 tips for selecting a tile

25 July 2019 |

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are a fantastic product that, if correctly selected and installed, should last indefinitely.  As a consequence, selecting such a permanent product is a little daunting for a lot of people. Getting it wrong is not easy or cheap to correct. Similarly fear of becoming outdated and unfashionable can also lead to over cautious colour and design selections at the expense of a design you truly loved.

In order to provide a smoother tile selection process and reassurance for your ultimate decision-making, we have put together a simple sequence of tips to consider when selecting tiles.

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History Always Repeats

History Always Repeats

By The Tile Depot
25 February 2018 |

A fun case study into the history of the 3D cube pattern in tile trends. 

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What is a PEI rating?

What is a PEI rating?

By The Tile Depot
23 January 2018 |

PEI is a testing method for glazed ceramics to determine the 'wearability' of the surface of the tile. The test result determines the suitability for purpose for various areas of installation. 
 

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What is a rectified tile?

What is a rectified tile?

By The Tile Depot
04 October 2017 |

Rectified tile is tile that has been cut to an exact size. With rectified tile there is very little size variation between individual tiles. This means less chance of lippage, more accurate layout and easier installation.

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What is Polished Porcelain and What is Nano sealing?

What is Polished Porcelain and What is Nano sealing?

By Tile Depot
15 November 2016 |

When porcelain is first made, it is not absorbent, but the polishing process for making the unglazed surface shiny cuts into the surface, leaving microscopic pinholes exposed and prone to absorbing stains, in the same way as natural stone tiles. Unless they have a suitable, long-lasting treatment applied by the manufacturer like nano, polished porcelain tiles will need sealing. Porcelain sealants are either solvent-based or water-based. Water based sealants are cheaper, but don't last.

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