Astrea™ Ivory Tile is rated
Rated 5 out of
Crackle glaze produces a great looking effect
Choose these tiles for a kitchen. Initially was going to use a grey grout with the ivory tile. However on cutting with a wet cutter it was obvious how easy water penetrated the crackle glaze. decided to use a matching ivory grout. The crackle glaze does give a nice effect compared to the usual smooth finish. I was advised to use the Polished protector rather than the protective sealer as advised on the website. It seems to have worked but it is expensive. The 500ml tin covers 10 sqm, I only had 3 sqm so most of it wasted, pity they don't do a smaller size.
Overall very pleased with result and would recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4 out of
Great look for period home
I have a small house built in 1850 and wanted the bathroom to be modern and warm (have had underfloor heating put in) but with a nod to the age of the house.
I've put the ivory Astrea with the black and white Victorian mosaic tiles on the floor and it looks epic...I'm so pleased.
I've used smoke grout everywhere and you need to be mindful that these Astrea don't cut smoothly...the crackles create a rough cut which the grout highlights.
I sealed these tiles with 2 coats, but the smoke grout has still penetrated some of the fine veins...I was aware this might happen as I'd read the blurb about them bleeding but did it because personally I don't mind it. I quite like it in fact. But be aware and use a light grout if you don't think you would like it.
For older homes, these just look nicer than a shiny, smooth bevelled tiles in my opinion and I feel these tiles are fab.
Tesco vouchers helped towards my tiles making the price OK. I'll try and upload some pics to Topps Cambridge web site when my bathroom is finished. I've had numerous comments from neighbours who have said it's the nicest tiles they have ever seen!
Date published: 2017-01-05