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Top 10 Things to Consider for a Perfect Floor Tile Project

1. Choosing your floor tiles

Whether you choose a patterned or a neutral floor tiles think about how your tiles will coordinate with the room colours and scheme. Natural stone tiles such as slate or granite work with many different styles.

But why not go for something unique such as digitally printed tiled mural or your own bespoke pattern tile design?

A particularly unique floor tile design was this one produced by The Surface Design Studio when we worked with Armatile to create a golf themed design for a hotel bathroom!

Golf themed bathroom floor tiles
Image courtesy of Rayanne Guest House, Belfast


2. Get a flat surface

If the floor is not level, then you may need to pour a self-levelling compound which gives you a flat, smooth base for tiling

3. Consider your knees!

Talking from experience, knee pads are a must especially if you’re are laying tiles over a large area.

4. Start off straight

Before you start laying the tiles, fix a straight edge to work from. This will ensure that you won’t run off in the wrong direction and the rest of the tiles will follow on in a straight line. Remove the edge later and you can trim tiles to fill the gap.

5. Tile layout

Think about the layout of the tiles before you start. There are many tile patterns to choose from. Straight lay is the more most common, but why not think about something a bit more interesting such as brick effect, herringbone, diagonal or versailles tile pattern, (a more random layout made up of small and large tiles.) If it is printed tile mural you are installing, then a plan will be provided with numbered references.

tile patterns

6. Spacers

Floor tile spacers are usually 3-5 mm wide. Choose a wider spacer for larger floor tiles, this allows for any movement.

7. Make it Stick

Make sure to choose the right type of adhesive for your floor. A flexible adhesive when tiling onto wooden flooring, or a strong (high bond strength) adhesive for tiling onto concrete or screed floors. Also check the expiry date on your adhesive, I learnt the hard way once when I found all the tiles popped off the next day!

8. Keep it Level

Use a spirit level to check the tiles are level, if they aren’t level lightly tap the tiles with a rubber mallet until they are.

9. Grout Colour

Grout colour will have a big impact on the final look of your tiles. You can go for a matching colour blending into the tile, or make a statement by using a contrasting colour that can draw attention to the layout of the tiles.

We love this bright blue grout against the white tiles, proving coloured grout can give a fresh look to tired tiles.

Coloured grout for tiles

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10. Finally

Make sure to clean any residue of grout off the face of the tiles. If you opted for a natural stone tile, then it may be a good idea to use a tile sealer afterwards to protect the tiles.


Contact The Surface Design Studio on +44(0)1782 512843 to discuss your tiling project, we specialise in bespoke printed floor and wall tiles and we would love to help create your unique tiled space.


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Our Top Ten Favourite Summer 2016 Swimming Pools

  1. Albion Barn Swimming Pool by Artist Richard Woods

Swimming Pool_Albion Barn

Albion Barn Swimming Pool by Artist Richard Woods

Absolutely our number 1 favourite, is this custom designed, outside swimming pool designed by artist Richard Woods for Albion Barn (and manufactured here at the The Surface Design Studio!). It was so exciting for us to be part of this project. Each large format swimming pool tile is like a floorboard, with a wood block print effect in stunning bright colours. Here are some more images of this unique swimming pool in progress,

  1. Indoor Swimming Pool with Photographic Tile Mural

Indoor Swimming Pool with Photographic Tile Mural

Indoor Swimming Pool with Photographic Tile Mural

We were thrilled to be able to give a home owner in Oxford the luxury of having their own personal panoramic view of the Seychelles every day! Digitally printed and hand decorated by the The Surface Design Studio, these tiles are extraordinarily beautiful.

  1. ArtDeco Craig Bragdy Swimming Pool Design

ArtDeco Craig Bragdy Swimming Pool Design

Art Deco Craig Bragdy Swimming Pool Design

We also love the stunning swimming pools by Craig Bragdy Design, who create ultra-unique mosaic murals. Highly decorative, handmade and painted, these intricate custom swimming pool tiles are amazing.

Image courtesy of Craig Bragdy Design Ltd via Pinterest


  1. Not Strictly a swimming pool…

swimming pool illusion

swimming pool illusion designed by artist Leandro Erlich

This miraculous swimming pool illusion designed by artist Leandro Erlich, is created by a piece of glass with running water rippling over the top of the pool, allowing visitors to both peer into the pool and walk around the bottom of the pool whilst keeping completely dry!

Image courtesy of The 21st Century Museum of Art of Kanazawa via Pinterest


  1. Violin Shaped Swimming Pool

Violin Shaped Swimming Pool

Violin Shaped Custom Swimming Pool

Commissioned by former Goldman Sachs banker, Jay Dweck, this custom designed, violin shaped, $1m swimming pool complete with glass tiles, fiber-optic and LED lighting and an underwater sound system is like no other and just shows what is possible.

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  1. Mediterranean Style Tiles

Mediterranean Style Tiles

Mediterranean Style Decorative Tiles

A fresh contemporary look for decorative swimming pool tiles with a Spanish twist. Extremely popular and something we are often requested to produce.

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  1. Ultimate Relaxation Swimming Pool

Relaxation Swimming Pool

Ultimate Relaxation Swimming Pool with Waterfall

We just want to slip into this glass walled swimming pool, it looks so relaxing and even has a stunning waterfall feature built into the stone wall.

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  1. Geometric Monochrome Floor Tile Design

Geometric Monochrome Floor Custom Tile Design

Geometric Monochrome Custom Floor Tile Design

We love this geometric pool floor tile design. This look can be achieved by waterjet cutting black and white tiles into custom shapes, to create unique patterns.

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  1. Mosaic Swimming Pool Tile Design

Mosaic Swimming Pool Tile Design

Mosaic Swimming Pool Tile Design

Like fabric, this fluid mosaic tile design flows around pool edges and beneath the water –  stunningly beautiful and simple to reproduce.

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  1. Stainless Steel Spa Pool

Stainless Steel Spa Pool

Stainless Steel Spa Pool

Stainless steel swimming pools not only look super stylish, but are also durable and virtually maintenance free (and completely the on trend thing to have!)

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Contact The Surface Design Studio on +44(0)1782 512843 to see how we can help you create your perfect luxury space – our swimming pool tiles are fully vitrified, protected from frost, UV rays and abrasion.

Posted in Ceramics, custom tiles, Murals, Uncategorized


Last Friday our sales manager, Mark Wood, attended the official opening of the transformed underpass at Beecroft Road in Cannock. Following months of development the underpass has been given a new lease of life with a digitally printed tile mural, stretching both sides of it’s entire 29 metre length!

The project named, ‘Changing Places,’ was part the local Town Centre Improvements Scheme, the Council’s Communications team and the Community Wellbeing Arts. A survey was taken by over 200 residents and shoppers to find out what they wanted to see in the underpass, 40% of whom preferred a ‘natural and fresh’ design option including greens and earthy colours, which became the theme for the artwork.

The finished mural is very impressive and has rejuvenated a previously uninspiring area. The mural depicts landmarks and buildings from around Cannock that many of local people will recognise. Over 60% of the 200 people asked use the subway at least once a week so it will be a more attractive walk the public!

Check out the before and after photos below!



To view a video of the project click this link


Posted in Ceramics, Murals

Tee for Tile

Back in June I gave very little detail away about a project we were working on with Armatile in Northern Ireland. Armatile’s client was award winning Rayanne Guest House  in Holywood, Belfast. Holywood is home to world famous golfer Rory McIlroy and it was Rory who was the inspiration for the design of the Bathrooms at Rayanne House!

The entire project from start to finish took a lot of planning to make sure all the elements of an authentic golf course were included and fitted into the bathroom neatly around the room and into the shower. Prior to print the tiles, we send customers a plan of the mural for them to approve the layout, for this project there many versions as the designs were modified, the final version is pictured below;

Complete with bunker, golf ball and a plug hole in the place of the hole on the green, the digitally printed floor mural was custom designed in house at Tiled Space.

Made up of photographic images the mini golf course looks very realistic!

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We are pleased to announce that we have a new partnership in the United States. Established in 2000, Tile Mural Creative Arts is recognised as the leader in the US in transferring fine art, logos and photography onto stone, glass, ceramic and porcelain tiles. Alisa Miller of Tile Mural Creative Arts was previously let down by other ceramic print companies, until she found us a year ago. Since then we have developed a great working relationship so we were keen to get Alisa on board as an agent for Tiled Space in the US!

Over the last year we have worked on numerous private projects. Our first major commercial project has just been installed on the floor of the world renowned Princeton University’s Department of Energy.

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory logo measures 1.5 x 1.8 metres and is situated in particularly high footfall area outside the cafeteria, so it was crucial that the printed logo was printed on quality porcelain, is durable and slip resistant.

We have more exciting projects in the pipeline which I hope to be able to tell you about in the future!

If you are in US and would like to contact Alisa to discuss a project or ideas, you can find her contact details on our Tiled Space website or you can email her at


Posted in Ceramics, Murals

Mapping the Way!

One year ago we had an enquiry from Rebecca Yorke of Pennine Prospects, a regeneration company who had commissioned internationally acclaimed artist Angela Smyth to paint a huge map of the South Pennines. The map was designed for display at the Hebden Bridge Visitors Centre in West Yorkshire.

It took Angela 6 months to complete the painting. Her lovely quirky style really captures the charm of the South Pennines depicting the local points of interest.

The artwork is very highly detailed and Angela had the artwork scanned in and sent over to us.

We then produced a super imposed visual for Rebecca of the mural in situ to give an impression of how the final mural would look.

Once the visual was approved we produced sample tiles of the mural for colour comparison and image quality. Then we had the go ahead! Printing the artwork on our digital ceramic colour machines at high-resolution we were able to retain even the smallest details so the final piece looks stunning!

Unfortunately there was one tile that got broken during the installation, however, we managed to quickly get it replaced. So in April this year the map was finally unveiled to the public and has received a fantastic response.

To see more of Angels Smyth’s artwork have a look at her website

Posted in Ceramics, Murals

Dive in!

Summer is here! If you are planning to build a new swimming pool or update your existing pool, why not tile it with a striking image or design. Imagine swimming with dolphins every day or exploring a coral reef in your back garden.

A digitally printed image onto ceramic tiles will not fade in the sunlight or be affected by the chemicals in the pool. The tiles are fired at a very high temperature so they fully vitrified. This makes the tiles very strong and gives them protection against frost, abrasion and resistance to industrial chemicals such as chlorine.

Discuss your ideas with us and we can print your own image or find one that is suitable for you. There are so many themes you could choose from; tropical paradise, under-the-sea, an aerial view over your favourite city. We can then even superimpose it into your existing pool so you can visualise the final design before taking the plunge!

Posted in Ceramics, Murals, Uncategorized

A Wall of 788 Plates!

Our sister company, Digital Ceramics, worked with Dr Katie Bunnell, Associate Professor of Design, of Falmouth University’s Digital Research Cluster ‘Autonomatic,’ and Project Artist Chris Tipping on the project, ‘1479 plates’ & ‘Autonomatic,’ a wall of bone china plates, in celebration of the Combe Down Stone Mines Stabilisation Project.

The collaborative project features a digitally printed commemorative map of the Combe Down Mine in Bath, made up of 788 plates, completed this mural measured 9 x 5 metres. It is visually striking and was great fun to be involved in. What a great idea to create a mural of plates instead of the usual ceramic tiles!  Since the exhibition at the Octagon in Bath, the  mural now forms a large scale permanent installation in Combe Down village.  The 691 households affected by the stabilisation works were also each gifted a ceramic plate, a lovely touch!

We were delighted to hear recently that Autonomatic have been awarded the Judges’ Spotlight Award at the Inaugural Craft Skills Awards 2013. Autonomatic, were awarded for their contribution to integrating digital skills & techniques into Craft practice.

Chris Tipping and Katie Bunnell of Autonomatic have been featured on the Craft Council’s website and best of all the ‘1479 plates’ & ‘Autonomatic,’ project was pictured! Take a look!





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Le Bizz is a family run gift shop in the heart of West Kirby owned by Steve and Caroline Ramsay. Steve recently worked with a local artist, Jim Fleming, from Wirral to produce a range of mugs illustrating scenes of West Kirby. Steve then came to us to have the designs reproduced on mugs. Jim’s playful designs look great and they have translated onto ceramic really well, the colours are strong and vibrant, we think they make fab souvenirs for a trip to the seaside town!

More of Jim’s work can be seen on his website

Steve and Caroline’s shop on Banks Road in West Kirby regularly work with local artists producing digitally printed mugs, which quickly sell out. The joy of digital ceramics printing is order volumes can be quite small, great for collectable mugs like these!


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Eat Like a King!

Look out for designer Alice Naylor and her  ‘Eat Like a King’ set of plates. Digitally printed and decorated by hand by Digital Ceramics the parent company of Tiled Space, so we were excited when Alice let us know that her plates are featured in the Gourmet supplement of December’s House & Gardens!

The range of Eat My Hat Plates© were inspired by the quote ‘Eat Breakfast Like A King, Lunch Like a Prince and Dinner Like a Pauper.’ The clever design makes you question your portion sizes in a unique quirky way.

Visit Alice’s website at for more info.


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