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  1. Saving water for the future


    Whilst the effects of the La Nina weather phenomenon is producing generous rain for South Africa this year, with dams filling up and some areas subjected to flooding, we should still remember that we will still have years in which the rainfall is less. That’s why even when there’s lots of water, it’s still important for us to save water, to protect our groundwater reserves and develop healthy water-saving habits so that we can use this valuable resource better and more sustainably in the future. Here are our top tips on how to use less water in your home.


    Know where it goes

    Repairing leaking taps and toilets, and replacing broken fittings is the quickest way to save water, and your money in the long term. Aside from the annoying sound of dripping water, that leaky tap could be wasting up to 3,500 litres of water a month, which equates to almost 40,000 litres a year. Losing the drip makes good sense for the planet and your pocket every day.

    A tap left running while you brush your teeth uses about 20-30 litres of water per minute. Assuming you brush your teeth for two minutes, every morning and night, you’re letting almost 2,500 litres of clean water go down the drain a year! Turn the tap on only when you need it, whether you’re brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving to reduce the amount of water you use.


    Tap into newer technology

    Whilst an older style tap may still be functional, it may not be the most efficient tap. Most modern taps have a built-in aerator, which reduces the amount of water used, and delivers a pleasantly soft flow of water. This reduced water usage means a lower water bill every month and more water available for everyone in our community over the long-term. Upgrading your taps is the water-savvy choice.

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  2. Romance is always in style


    At this time of year, one can be forgiven for thinking that some things are only reserved for February, but that’s not entirely true. The old-world charm of a Victorian-inspired bathroom brings a sense of vintage romance to the space that will last well beyond the month of love. This elegant and stylish look is an ever-green favourite for creating a space dedicated to relaxation, pampering self-care and more than a little romance. A freestanding bath is a key element in creating the ultimate romantic bathroom, so read on for our top tips on how to bring romance into your space all year round.


    If the slipper fits



    A slipper bath with its distinctive sloping design and claw-feet, is the obvious choice for a vintage romance bathroom design. Experiment with the latest patterned tiles in the seasons trending shades of blue and muted naturals as the backdrop.


    Embracing the curves



    For a more nature-inspired bathroom that still promises romance, a bath with flowing curves and an organic rounded shape is just perfect. Pair it with the subtle strata of stone or marble-look patterns for an elegant expression of romance.


    A tub for two


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  3. 2022: the year of creative colours for home


    The announcement by Pantone of their Colour of the Year for 2022 presents a blend of comforting blue and bold violet called Very Peri. Pantone describes the shade as a “dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone”. The resulting colour speaks to creativity, as a response to a world that has faced a period of profound change and upheaval which has required new thinking, new ways of doing business and a re-imagining of both public and private spaces. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute defines their reasoning behind Very Peri, “Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions.”


    With larger numbers of people suddenly working from home, having to home school children, being confined to our homes, and having limited exposure to the world outside has brought about both a greater reliance on technology and a yearning for the calming influence of nature. This is also seen in the changes happening in the design of public spaces in response to the Covid pandemic. Pantone believes that Very Peri illustrates this combination of both digital and physical worlds and the transition between past and future.



    An interesting element of the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2022 for us, is the exploration of the cheerful Very Peri in a collection of palettes, bringing this distinctive colour into the fold with colour forecasts from other influencers in the décor and design realm.


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  4. Relax! Bathroom updates made easy

    People usually think that renovating or updating a bathroom is a stressful project, but it doesn’t have to be. Relax with our top tips on how to update your bathroom and create a sanctuary that you and your family can enjoy.

    Baths

    Choosing a bath is a personal choice, based on how your family uses the space. Here are our top tips to remember about the different options available:

    For the budget conscious homeowner, a traditional built-in bath is a cost-effective option.

    In smaller bathrooms, a corner bath may be top of the list as it takes up the least amount of floor and wall space.

    Where you have the space, a free-standing bath is a beautiful addition to your bathroom.

    Showers

    Built-in, corner, walk-in or over-bath. Which shower is perfect for your home? These are our easy-to-remember tips:

    Make the most of your built-in shower cubicle with a clear glass shower door. With more light the space look and feels bigger and brighter.

    Shower enclosures use very little space in the room. The clear glass lets the wall tiles show through making the shower itself almost disappear, for an uncluttered l

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  5. Creating spaces for family fun at home


    Spending time at home doesn’t have to be dull. Finding ways to connect with family and bring some fun back into your every day is possible when you create spaces for family fun at home. Make time for family game night, or for having a meal together and sharing what happened in everyone’s day. Slow things down and make it more than home for your family with these top tips.



    Who doesn’t enjoy having some snacks during a hearty family movie-marathon or binge-watching session? Sometimes things can get out of hand, with cooldrinks getting knocked over or maybe a quick food fight breaking out. Don’t worry, a tiled floor doesn’t stain and is super easy to clean after a fun-filled evening in front of the TV. Besides that, your choice of flooring plays a large role in the overall look and feel of a space. Cement and wood-look tiles are a great foundation for almost any décor style, whilst the revival of terrazzo and the combination of this new classic with other finishes is right on-trend.
    If your family is less about watching TV and more about playing games, then the durable and hardwearing finish of tiles is perfect for your home. Choose a hardbody or ceramic tile with a matt finish for floors that look good for years. Move the furniture around and build that fort, push the couch aside for a game of twister or gather round the table for a competitive board game without worrying about scratching or damaging the floor. Keep the glamour of glossy tiles

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  6. Do you #WFH?

    Do you #WFH? Working from home or a hybrid of time in the office and time at your home office is the new way of work and that means making your home more than home to meet the changing needs of your life.
    It may be time to create a dedicated space for your home office and get the most out of your home. Start with what the type of look that you love and what makes sense for your home.

    Make it easy

    A low-maintenance and easy to clean space is a must, because with everything you need to do in a day, it’s one less thing to worry about. A tiled floor just needs a quick sweep and a weekly mop to keep them looking beautiful.

    Some flooring options may require a protective floor cover, in order to protect them from the wear and tear caused by a wheeled office chair. The weight of the furniture you choose could also cause unsightly indentations on your carpets. Tiles offer a more durable and hard-wearing option as they aren’t affected by your choice of furnishings, or by any foot or furniture traffic within the space.

    Style it

    A subtle cement-look pattern is perfect for a contemporary space, particularly when paired with wood furnishings. The rich diversity of stone-look patterns, with their unique shades and tones of earth-brown and cooler greys add texture to the space.


    Wood-look patterns are always a popular choice, for a warm and comforting space. For

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  7. Top tips for renovating a bathroom

    Every family lives life in their own way and have different needs and wants from their home. Putting some thought into what your family needs and plotting out the layout beforehand is an excellent way to ensure you get the bathroom you want. We cover some key elements with these top tips for renovating a bathroom.

    Choose Function First

    Whether you have a big or small space to work with, it’s really important to measure and plan out what you need and where to place it before you buy anything. Make sure there’s enough room for moving around, elbow and knee room for the toilet and for any doors or drawers to open fully. It can be helpful to sketch the layout on paper, so that you can see easily see where everything goes and if it works.

    Decide on your functional items first. Do you prefer a bath or a shower, do you have space for both? If you have young children, a bath is perhaps a better option than a shower or look at an over-bath shower for when the kids get older. A shower enclosure is a space-savvy choice, whilst a walk-in shower is easily accessible for all ages.

    Do you prefer a compact close-coupled toilet with a slimline cistern, or a wall-mounted toilet with a hidden cistern.

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  8. Revel in a luxury spa bathroom at home

    The ultimate expression of a luxury spa bathroom is to create the feeling of space and appointing the room, in a welcoming way that makes it a delight to use. We asked our design team for some top tips to help you get the look, for your home this Women’s Month.

    Layering in luxury

    When putting a luxurious spa-bathroom together, carefully plan and select all the elements that you want in the space. These include free-standing baths, counter-top basins, walk-in showers and elegant storage units. Layer in extra touches of luxury with plush towels, heated towel rails and of course, some fabulous bathrobes. Pay attention to lighting as this is key in creating the right ambience.

    A Classic Monochromatic Palette

    A classic expression of luxury is to use marble-look porcelain or ceramic tiles, for a timeless monochromatic look upon which to build your spa bathroom. White marble, or carrara marble says sophistication with a light and airy feel. Add some drama with glossy black bathroomware and décor tiles in white, black and grey.

    Cocooned in luxury

    The warmer shades of cream and beige bring gorgeous depth to this classic look. Pair stone-look tiles with wood-look furniture

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  9. Four top tips when choosing taps

    Let’s be honest, the only time someone looks at the taps in your bathroom or kitchen is if they don’t look too good, or when they are absolutely fabulous! That’s why choosing new taps for your home is an important decision. You use them every day, so it’s important that you love the way they look, that they work, and that they’re comfortable to use. We give you our four top tips when choosing taps for your home.

    1. What’s your style

    The best way to test if you like the size and the feel of a tap is to visit your nearest Tile Africa and try out the different models yourself. Depending on your personal preference, you can choose between a modern mixer tap, where the hot and cold water is mixed, or the more traditional tap, with separate hot and cold-water taps.

    The mixer tap is by far the more popular option with its’ sleek design, but also because you can control the temperature of the water as it flows. This makes for a safer home, as it minimises the risk of small children being scalded in a bath full of hot water.

    2. Choosing the perfect finish

    Timeless Chrome – the classic metal finish is perfect for a contemporary look to your bathroom or kitchen. It also never goes out of style, it’s easy to clean and looks great with any design and colour palette.

    Bold Black - black tapware looks sleek and sophisticated and can be paired with a variety of colour and design schemes. The black finish is the perfect choice for monochrome or industrial spaces and complements wood-look patterns very well.

    Both finishes are available in bathroom and kitchen taps, to enhance the lo

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  10. 3 ways to save water - beautifully

    The COVID pandemic has changed the way we live our lives in so many ways. Perhaps most of all, it has given us a greater appreciation of the importance of hygiene, of having water to wash our hands and the impact we collectively have on the natural world around us. It has also inspired many of you to update your home, especially the bathroom.

    In honour of World Water Day on the 22nd March, we combine this appreciation of the value of water with the desire to have a beautiful bathroom. Here are 3 ways for you to save water and create a spa-like feeling at home, beautifully.

    Tap into style

    Older style taps are very functional, doing the most basic task of allowing water to flow, and stopping that flow. Given how often we’re all washing our hands, installing a modern tap with a built-in aerator is the water-savvy choice. Firstly, you save as the amount of water flowing through the tap is reduced. Secondly, the aerated flow of water gives a pleasantly soft flow that feels wonderfully pampering.

    An added benefit of a modern tap is that they are available in a wide range of styles, colours and finishes so your home isn’t just water-wise but beautiful too. Explore our range of bathroom and kitchen taps to find the most stylish water-saving option for your home.

    Making a splash

    You have probably heard how much water is saved when you shower versus having a bath, but did you know that you can increase the luxurious feel of your shower while saving water?

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