Towards the beginning of this year we shared a post on our Instagram feed asking you folks what you would like to see more of on Rock My Style. You responded in your hundreds and the overwhelming proportion of responses focused on interiors and more specifically pieces from ‘Experts’ in their respective housebuilding/refurbing fields.

You wanted to know about kitchen design and upholstery, self-builds and extensions, planning permissions and flooring. The list goes on and on. So you asked and we listened so today’s post marks the first of An Ask The Experts series we’re hoping to roll out for the rest of 2017 and beyond. This is your chance to ask an Expert all those questions you need answers to, right here, right now and completely for free.

Sian O’Neill, Head of Marketing at Topps Tiles has written today’s post to take you through some of her favourite designs from the Topps Tiles range and how you can incorporate these looks into your home. Supporting her in answering any tile questions you have today are Kayleigh – a Mosaics/Natural stone expert, Joe who is the man in the know about tools and necessary essentials, Nicole who has her finger on the pulse for the latest tile trends, Jenny who specialises in trims and accessories and lastly Clare who is an all-round tile guru.

They’ll be here all day answering any questions you may have so please do ask away by using the comments box below. I’ll now pass you over to Sian for more details.

Sian: There’s no denying that the natural look is one of the key emerging trends in interior design right now, which is why Topps Tiles have launched their latest ranges of ‘effect’ tiles. I’ll be taking you through some of my favourite designs from our product ranges and showing you how you can incorporate these looks into your home. Let’s get started…


The industrial trend is still going strong, and tapping into it is easy, especially if you use a stylish stone-effect tile. Our latest offering, Antler, is the perfect product to achieve this look. This ceramic tile is the ideal partner for bathroom or kitchen walls, thanks to its water-resistant properties and hardwearing nature. The exploration of new inkjet reactive technology when used on a gloss glaze creates a handcrafted, distressed stone surface with edge detailing. The mottled surface of the tile allows the glaze to react creating stunning depth and variation of colour. Why not create a truly chic look by laying these tiles in a unique arrangement on the walls for a rustic focal point that will stand the test of time.


Wood-effect is a firm fixture in this year’s interiors trends, thanks to the popularity of Scandi-driven aesthetics. Opting for a wood-effect tile is the perfect way to achieve this look in the home. Our new Andira range comes in three different colours, Burnt Ebony, Rural Oak and Smokey Brown, allowing customers to create a traditional parquet effect that works just as well in a bathroom as it does in a kitchen or hallway. Why not make this trend your own by laying the tiles in a different pattern. The crate laying pattern is a favourite of our designers; lay one line of tiles vertically, then the second horizontally. Continue until the floor is covered to achieve a unique ladder effect.


With the current trend for unfinished walls and textured brick surfaces, our Callow range provides a fresh and clean sophisticated look, moving away from the darker palettes of concrete-effect tiles and into the brighter and warm Scandi whites. The hammered plasterboard effect tile, combined with the structured decor tile, offers an interesting take on the idea of stripped-back, unpainted, bare plaster. Pair with bright pops of colour to create a stylish contrast against this neutral tile, or add to a simple, neutral colour palette for effortless simplicity.


The use of fabric in home décor and interiors shows no signs of abating, and this trend has opened the door to a range of stylish and realistic fabric-effect items for the home. Our innovative Fabrix collection brings a contemporary and stylish look into the Topps Tiles range of products, offering all the benefits of a tile but with the look and warm appeal of fabric or material. Offering modern boutique elegance, this tile combines the warm look of woven materials with the structure of a linear decor. Fabrix is perfect for all living spaces, with the tartan decor working particularly well as a feature wall in living or dining areas. For a contemporary look, why not use alongside the plain Fabrix tile on the floor.


Our Slumber collection expertly replicates the surface of sawn wood to emulate the warm, rustic feel of natural timber, but all in a durable, water resistant, porcelain tile. The buying team here at Topps Tiles travel around the world to find the best textures and colours, and all that inspiration and research is then incorporated in to the collection. The tones of the Slumber range evoke the natural beauty of woodland areas and the mix of shades means that all the tiles complement each other to create a beautiful natural aesthetic, but with a modern twist. This is perfect for homeowners looking for stylish timber inspired walls and floors that exude warmth and comfort. The diverse colourway of the tiles provides a neutral yet interesting backdrop for any space.

Can you believe that the floor in the header image at the top is actually tiles?! I was amazed when I found out. So now is your chance to ask away… whether it be specialist advice, thoughts on the latest trends or whether you’re after tiling tips, the Topps Tiles Team are on hand for the duration of today to help you out.

Just leave a message for them in the comments box below and they’ll respond with an answer that is tailor made for you. Have a great Friday folks….