For this post, we wanted to share a product feature highlighting the Hambleton stone effect porcelain collection and why it is a bestseller since we introduced the range a few years ago! Whether it’s the neutral Hambleton Ivory, classic Hambleton Grey or the warmth of Hambleton Taupe and Hambleton Beige - there is a tile in this range for every project and interior style!
Why choose Hambleton stone effect porcelain tiles?
Realistic Stone Look Print and Details
Part of what makes this porcelain so popular is the fact that its print and details are very realistic and really do replicate the look of a real stone floor. Porcelain manufacturing has come a long way in recent years and this hardwearing Italian porcelain is produced with state-of-the-art machinery and unique details to mimic natural stone such as veining, fossils and markings.
Tumbled Effect Edge
Another quality that lends the Hambleton stone effect flooring to be so authentic is its tumbled effect edging! The porcelain tile is still rectified (produced to a precise tolerance in size) but with a tumbled (imperfect) edge made to appear like a tumbled limestone tile. When grouting with a wider grout joint of 5mm upwards, this tumbled effect edge is shown and gives a truly rustic look.
Large Format, Small Format, and Pattern Tile Sizes
One important decision when finding a stone tile is what size to choose, whilst there is no wrong answer, the Hambleton porcelain range is available in numerous formats which suits various sized rooms. The 600x400 is ideal for smaller spaces or for bathroom wall tiles, whereas the 900x600 offers a larger format tile perfect for kitchens and open plan areas. For those wanting a slightly more traditional feel, the Opus Pattern is a lovely option.
Matching Indoor, Outdoor Tiles
Those wishing to continue their Hambleton porcelain tiles to the outdoors, this range is wonderful for its matching indoor, outdoor tiles to create an ultimate flow to a home and garden. The Hambleton stone effect porcelain is in a 900x600x10mm internal tile and matching 900x600x20mm external paver. The 20mm is in an R11 anti slip finish providing extra grip for outdoors.
Four Beautiful Shades
Last but by no means least, another reason to choose the Hambleton stone effect porcelain tiles is its offering in four beautiful shades. Hambleton Ivory is a perfect neutral, going with almost any colour scheme. The Hambleton Grey is a true grey tone working with modern country kitchens, whilst Hambleton Taupe is somewhere between a beige and grey tile. The Hambleton Beige is a newer colour offering and is perfect for those wanting a little more warmth and an authentic beige floor tile.
Customer Case Studies...
With so many reasons to choose this limestone look floor tile, we wanted to share three customer case studies using the Hambleton stone effect tiles and why they each love their Hambleton porcelain kitchen flooring!
The Hambleton Ivory Tile - Emma’s Kitchen
Emma’s kitchen featuring the Hambleton Ivory tiles is the heart of their new build family home, inspired by “modern country style and a timeless elegance”. They wanted “the look of natural stone without the upkeep” and a “beautiful neutral tile that would never age”.
Emma describes that they instantly fell in love with the Hambleton Ivory stone effect flooring after a visit to one of our showrooms, “Quorn Stone offered the look of a natural stone but in a porcelain tile. It was the closest looking natural tile we’d seen and we loved the fact that we could have more of a distressed edging with the grout rather than really clean lines.”
The Hambleton Ivory offers a beautiful pale grey to cream. The detailed print and subtle variation between the tiles make this stone effect porcelain hard to distinguish from a natural limestone!
Emma’s kitchen is by Tom Howley, island in ‘Moonstone’ and units in ‘Tansy’. The walls are painted in ‘All White’ by Farrow & Ball with lighting from Laura Ashley and the island stools by The Handcrafted Furniture Company.
The Hambleton Grey Tile – Maddie’s Kitchen
Situated in rural North Essex, close to the border of Suffolk is home to Maddie and her family. Built on her husband’s family farm, the open plan barn conversion was once a chicken shed and has now been transformed into a classic yet contemporary space featuring the Hambleton Grey stone effect porcelain kitchen tiles.
Keeping the original features of the barn, the kitchen has high vaulted ceilings and restored timber beams with up-to-date elements such as porcelain flooring and a bespoke modern country grey kitchen.
When choosing the tile for their open plan kitchen, they knew it needed to be family friendly as “this was going to be our main entertainment area and where we would spend most of our time”. Maddie tells us that she “loved the look of limestone, however I felt porcelain was more suited for use in terms of up keep and durability - and the Hambleton Grey tile gave the perfect option when it came to the material, look and suitability for our daily use.”
The kitchen island is painted in ‘Pompeian Ash’ Little Greene and units in ‘French Grey’ Little Greene. The walls are ‘Slaked Lime’ by Little Greene and lighting from Neptune. Maddie loves to find interior pieces from other places such as Nkuku, Cox & Cox and local independent shops.
The Hambleton Taupe Tile – Punam’s Kitchen
A transformed 1930s house and kitchen just a short drive from the Peak District National Park has become Punam’s perfect family home after a full renovation of the interior. She wanted “to retain a traditional look but with a contemporary finish”, choosing “soft neutral tones accessorised with bolder colour”.
The Hambleton Taupe stone effect porcelain was chosen for its large tile size and tumbled effect edge. Being a large open plan kitchen space, Punam chose this tile because “the maintenance of porcelain is easier than limestone and the difference between the Hambleton Taupe and a natural stone was barely visible.”
As a family of five they love to spend time in their newly renovated kitchen with a large centre island to gather and share food. Punam also tells us how light and airy the space feels with the soft taupe tones of her porcelain tiles.
The kitchen was handmade by Charles Yoke, with the kitchen island painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Hague Blue’ and units in Farrow & Ball ‘Cornforth White’.