Grand Designs Live: Highlights and History

I recently visited Grand Designs Live at the Excel in London to discover the latest interior design trends! Here's a little summary I've created, in case you missed the show...

 

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For the love of marble

The first thing I spotted whilst walking around the show is an abundance in marble surfaces! There's something about marble, with its characterful veining, that instantly adds a regal, luxury look into an interior space, and designers are certainly utilizing it!

 

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Above, a worktop has been made by creating both wood and marble surfaces. Below, marble has been used as a kitchen splashback, and it really injects character into the room!

 

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Breaking Bad: Pops of Colour

Grand Designs Live had a collection of room sets, to show off different styling techniques for different areas around the house. Below is the Breaking Bad room set. It takes elements from AMC's hit show Breaking Bad. The compactness comes from the show's RV, whilst the industrial elements come from the famous meth lab. There are also chemistry beakers dotted around the room as flower vases!

 

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This room set uses a trending colour - bright yellow. This is frequently used by designers to inject a 'pop' of colour into interior schemes. We mentioned it in our blog Colour Trends 2017.

 

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The water at the bottom of these chemistry beaker jars has been coloured blue for a very significant reason. If you're a fan of Breaking Bad, you'll know why!

 

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Medieval Look: The Game of Thrones Dining Room

Carrying on the TV theme, sitting across from the Breaking Bad room set was this medieval dining room, themed on HBO's hit show Game of Thrones. Faux antlers, stone brick wallpaper, and a room-stealing rustic table were the call of the day!

 

game-of-thrones-dining-room

 

Grand Designs Live: Botanical beauty

Botanic schemes still continue to dominate the world of interior design, with jungle-icious ferns having a starring roll! The two Grand Designs room sets below both have wonderfully botanical schemes! This bathroom also incorporates some copper elements - another design trend! Warm metallics are perfect for turning up the temperature in otherwise cool schemes.

 

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This living room set uses captivating monochrome botanical wallpaper to give the room all the character it could ever need! Then it's simply a case of injecting some colour through furnishings and accessories! Again, yellow pops up, along with a muted blue, and some green in the form of plants and those gorgeous rustic shutters.

 

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Coastal creation

This cooling, calming room set has a soothing coastal theme with lots of refreshing teal tones! Warmth is injected through the wood-luck stump, and that rich brown sofa. I love those stackable rock-styled shelves in the background!

 

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Industrial elements

As you can see from the pendant lights in most of the rooms above, there were strong industrial elements present throughout the show! Not excluding the two characters below! It's clear that the industrial trend isn't going anywhere.

 

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There you have the highlights from Grand Designs Live 2017 at the Excel in London!

 

The Walls and Floors Stand 2014

 

If you've ever visited a Grand Designs Live show, you'll know that it's a very lively event, full of inspiration for those home renovation projects. We hosted a stand at last year's show at the NEC in Birmingham, and had a great time. We met some fantastic people, and received a lot of praise for our tile selection. This year, we're coming back to the NEC in style!

 

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Grand Designs Live at the NEC

If you're from the midlands, you've probably heard of the NEC - the National Exhibition Centre. It's in Birmingham, and every year it plays home to the Grand Designs Live event - the real-life answer to the hit Channel 4 show. This year, the show runs from Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th October. Kevin McCloud opens the show, and does his rounds throughout the following days - appearing on the various stages, joining in with Q and A's, and generally getting involved. For more information on the show, have a read of our blog: What to expect from Grand Designs Live.

 

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Our inspiring new stand

Come and explore our stand - it's brand new for 2014. We'll be taking some of our most experienced staff members - experts when it comes to tiles. Our friendly and professional team will be ready to help with your every query - whether you've got a rough idea of what colour and scheme you'd like to go for, or whether you simply haven't got a clue. They'll take you through our latest, most stylish ranges; helping you achieve an up-to-date look in your home. You can take advantage of the fantastic show offers. Here's a sneak peak at part of the enormous new structure, being built:

 

Walls and Floors at Grand Designs Live

 

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Where to find us

You'll find us at stand K130 - in the Grand Kitchens and Bathrooms section. Our enormous new stand covers a space of over 80 Sqm - so you can't miss us! We're very close to the Design Arcade - one of the main walkways at the show.

 

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The giveaway: Win a bathroom room set

We've teamed up with our friends at Roca to bring you an excellent show giveaway. Visit our stand, and you'll be able to quickly and easily sign up to win a fantastic bathroom room set, worth over £4,000! We'll have the display model set out at the stand, so you can see exactly what you'll be winning. Included in the package is a bathtub, a wash basin, a vanity unit, a toilet, 15 Sqm of a certain wall tile, and 10 Sqm of a certain floor tile! Here's an example of a Roca bathroom:

 

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Our stylish tile collection

We'll be bringing all of our hottest tile ranges to the show, for you to browse through, and get some inspiration. Chat to a member of our team about your project, and they'll be able to make some suggestions. You'll also be able to take advantage of our fantastic show offers. These eye-catching Rokkakkei Hexagon Tiles will be on the stand:

 

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Hexagons are an incredibly prominent trend when it comes to interior design. Also featuring at the show will be our fantastic selection of Scrabble Wall Tiles. They allow you to stamp some personality into your home; spelling out anything from names or quotes, through to lyrics from your favourite song:

 

scrabble wall tiles for kitchen or bathroom

 

What to expect from the show?

This year, Walls and Floors are hosting our second stand at Grand Designs Live at the NEC in Birmingham. The show runs from Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 October 2014. Of course, we want you to come and take a look around our stand; we have some fantastic features and a great giveaway where you can win a bathroom room set! But what else can you expect from the show? Here's a quick overview!

Based on the success of the popular Channel 4 show, Grand Designs Live is opened by Kevin McCloud. It's the UK's most popular contemporary home show, and features a mix of exciting stands and exhibitions, live theatre debates, free seminars, free expert advice, live cooking demonstrations, and much, much more!

Split into different sections, you can quickly and easily find what you're looking for:

In the Kitchens and Bathrooms section, you'll find everything you need to transform those practical areas in your home - from bathtubs and sinks, through to worktops and installation specialists. You'll also find our very own interactive stand!

In the Interiors section, you'll find those inspiring decorative ideas, designed to bring those perfect finishing touches to your indoor spaces. From stylish wall art through to eye-catching ceiling lights.

In the Build section, you'll find a wealth of expert advice from all the exhibiting contractors - ideal for any home-build project you might be working on.

Want to re-invent those exterior spaces? Head over to the Gardens section. It's full of exciting, innovative ideas and the latest must-have products.

Grab a bite in the Food section - a colourful, aromatic market filled with different food stands - selling everything from seafood and jacket potatoes through to homemade ice cream.

Grand Designs Live makes for a great day out for all the family. Whether you're building a house from scratch, or simply looking for a little inspiration for your next decorating project. You're bound to come away with reams of ideas!

 

 

 

Grand Designs Live 2013 - Our Stand

What can I expect from the Walls and Floors stand?

We have a whole bunch of exciting, engaging features and exclusive show discounts!

Firstly, we have an array of stylish and modernistic tile ranges on show; so you can get a feel for our quality products first-hand. For one thing, come face-to-face with our extremely realistic Oak Tiles from the Rustic Wood Effect range. Crouch down, and run your fingers over the grooves and the knots. We’re sure you’ll be impressed by the intricate details, and you’ll want to invite it into your home!

Secondly, talk to a member of our friendly staff about your project. They’ll be able to make some great tiling suggestions; giving you little tips and hints, and pointing out the best tile options available for you. Whether you’re after a rich vintage look, or something more contemporary and striking, they don’t come more clued-up than our staff; all right there at-hand, on the stand; ready to give you every help and assistance.

Thirdly, make use of our on-site ipads and cycle through our selection of captivating room set images. You’re guaranteed to find a style you fall in love with! Take the opportunity to browse through our fantastic website, too. You’ll have thousands of different tiling possibilities at your fingertips; all geared up to complete transform your home, and give it that Grand Designs feel!

When you visit our stand, we'll give you a 20% discount off our entire range of tiling products! Take a look at the offer.

We look forward to seeing you there. Make sure you come and say hello.

 

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Why should I visit the show?

Grand Designs Live 2013 is arguably the most prestigious and renowned event in the UK Home industry. Occurring biannually, the shows flitter between London’s ExCel and Birmingham’s NEC. They’re jam-packed with innovative concepts and unique designs; with talks from some of the world’s most talented interior designers and architects.

The show consists of five enormous sections: Grand Kitchens and Bathrooms, Grand Interiors, Grand Gardens, Grand Build and Grand Food. Browse the five hundred stands, and you’ll come away with a head full of ideas for your home! Whether you’re looking to decorate, renovate, or build from scratch, this is the perfect event for you!

 

 

Afterword: A Fantastic Success

As you may know, Walls and Floors appeared at this year's Grand Designs Live at the NEC in Birmingham. The enormous event ran from the 4th - 6th October, and was a spectacle of home construction and interior design! You would have found us at location K141, where our stand boasted iPads and the friendliest, most helpful staff around. Our stand was a hit with the public. They all loved the vast selection of tile ranges we had on offer - from dazzling mosaics, through to captivating Moroccan Arabesque collections.

 

Building the Grand Designs Live Stand

 

Constructing the stand

Members of our merchandising team arrived at the NEC bright and early on the days before the show, to construct our fantastic, state-of-the-art stand! Piece by piece, it came together - and ended up looking absolutely brilliant. They fixed the TV in place, hooked the iPads up to the WiFi, and set up all the display boards. We were then ready for the public to come flooding in!

 

Our stand - almost finished

 

The opening of the event

At 10am on Friday the 4th October, Kevin McCloud officially opened Grand Designs Live by cutting the ribbon - and the eagerly awaiting public came pouring in. They filtered through the welcome tunnel, and were greeted by hundreds of exciting stands and stalls.

 

The main entrance to the show

The enormous Grand Designs Live logo

The centre of the sections

The Kitchens and Bathrooms section

 

Grand Designs Live 2013: A tour of the stand

With dozens of display stand to browse through, several popular tiles lining the floors, a huge TV with rolling room set images and a host of interactive iPads to scroll through, our stand proved to be a massive success with the public. Across the weekend, our team spoke to thousands of people; helping them with all their tiling and style queries.

 

The completed stand, in all its glory

Jump onto one of our iPads

Chat to our friendly and professional team

Pick up a sample, and feel the high quality

Grab one of our brand new brochures!

Get inspired by stunning roomsets on our TV

Exclusive designer Louisa Charlotte visits the stand

Exclusive designer Louisa Charlotte visits the stand

 

There you have it - a tour of our stand at Grand Designs Live! What did you think? Did you visit the show yourself, or do you have plans to go to any other home or interior events? Let us know in the comments!

 

Callum Chester

Having headed up the content at Walls and Floors since 2012, Callum Chester shares expert advice, trends and home styling imagery with the likes of Ideal Home, Good Homes and Real Homes on a daily basis. An experienced content writer, Callum is also the creator of Design Peach, a blog of 'sweet, bite-sized ideas for the home and garden'

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