Good Homes Roomsets 2018: An Interview With the Editor

We’ve interviewed Good Homes Magazine editor Karen Walker (pictured above) about the stunning Good Homes Roomsets at Ideal Home Show 2018, which is on at Olympia London from 17 March – April 2nd. The roomsets feature lots of our stylish tiles, and they’re full of inspiring ideas for your own home!

What can visitors expect to take away after browsing the Good Homes magazine roomsets?

Our stylists Kate McPhee and Jessica Taverner have created our six Good Homes roomsets around 2018’s six biggest trends, then packed them full with creative decorating ideas that anyone can try in their own homes.

So visitors will not only come away knowing exactly what’s hot in interior design right now, but also how they can easily bring each of those looks to life themselves. And with free leaflets with all ‘where to buy’ info for every room, shopping the looks really couldn’t be simpler.

Above: Ador Nero Marble Tiles, as featured in the Dining Room Good Homes Roomset 

As the roomsets demonstrate, tiles integrate perfectly into all rooms throughout the home. What do you think makes them so versatile?

Other than being hardwearing and wipe-clean (a huge plus for family homes!), tiles are available in an astonishing array of finishes, textures, sizes, patterns and colours. Whatever the scheme, there will be a tile to suit – and you can then play with the layout design, edging and grout colour.

Just look at the black marble tiles in the dining room roomset; arranged in a herringbone design with glistening gold edging, they show that the tile material is just the starting point – then the fun starts and you can really make it your own.

Above: Marble Effect Hexagon Tiles, as featured in the bedroom Good Homes Roomset. 

A lot of people don’t think to use tiles in a bedroom and assume that they are too cold. Why are tiles great for bedrooms and why did you choose hexagons?

In any room, you should view your floor as the fifth wall – it really is just as important. In our botanical bedroom roomset, marble added a crispness to the design that contrasts so well with the greenery’s free-flowing, tumbling shapes, but still retains an organic, raw feel that’s so key to the look.

And as for the hexagons, bees and beehive-inspired shapes are a big thing for this year, so it was a clever way to bring in a micro trend and show how it can work within a different scheme.

Large format Largo tiles are used in the bathroom. Why do you think large format tiles are becoming so popular?

Large format tiles, especially when butted-up against each other with no grout, instantly add a contemporary feel to a bathroom, and also restrict the material palette right down. By that, I mean that just using one seamless texture on the floor adds a minimal, calm feel that people are drawn to for a spa-style, sanctuary vibe.

Above: Largo Tiles, as featured in the bathroom Good Homes Magazine Roomset. 

As displayed in the dining room set, Nero Marquina (black marble) is a big trend right now. Why is that?

People are starting to embrace the art of styling their rooms dark. Instead of automatically reaching for brilliant white matt emulsion (or traditional white marble), colour confidence is growing and we’re seeing a real shift towards moody, rich colours – and used in really exciting, new ways.

For example, in the dining room roomset, Kate and Jessica have used the Nero Marquina tiles alongside elegant wall panelling, lustrous gold accents and Art Deco details, all wrapped up in a nude palette, showing that dark and dramatic can still be have a soft and delicate side.

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Above: Ador Nero Marble Tiles, as featured in the Dining Room Good Homes Roomset 

Don’t forget to visit the Good Homes Roomsets at the Ideal Home Show 2018, which is on at the Olympia London 17 March – 2 April.

Find out more about the show here: Ideal Home Show 2018