Colin Ingram, Devon Tiles and Bathrooms

This East Devon company offers home-owners a huge choice of wall and floor tiles sourced from both the UK and abroad

Bathroom Interview In the Showroom with…

Horizontal effect bathroom tiles

How long has Devon Tiles been running?
Devon Tiles was established in Ottery St Mary 14 years ago. After several years' experience in the tile retailing industry, Colin Ingram saw an opportunity to retail tiles differently. In 2002 he opened Devon Tiles in a unit on the Finnimore Trading Estate, selected for its large floor area and plentiful space to display tile ranges. Today the business is still an independent, family-run affair, with Colin, wife Julie and son Robert at the helm.

What services do you offer?
We source and sell a wide selection of wall and floor tiles to the trade and public. We are a major tile importer and many of the tiles we sell are not available anywhere else locally. To keep up to the date with the latest trends and ensure we only stock the best, we spend a lot of time sourcing tiles direct from manufacturers.

Our showroom is set up as several individual rooms to display how the tiles will look in a real home setting. More than 90% of the tiles on display in our showroom are available from stock, so can be taken home immediately.

We're always on hand to help customers choose from the wide range of tiles on display so that they achieve their desired result. We provide free local delivery and stock all the equipment needed to lay tiles properly.

What piece of advice can you give our readers when buying tiles?
We always advise our customers to take home some tile samples before making a purchase. Light changes the appearance of tiles so it's important to see how they will look in your room. The effect in the showroom can be very different from that you see in your own home.

Large-format tiles are very popular at the moment and look great in either traditional or modern homes.

Could you share one top design tip with our readers?
This may sound surprising, but large tiles make a space look bigger.

Are there any current trends we should look out for?
Wood-effect porcelain tiles are very on trend at the moment. They have the appearance of wood yet, unlike wood, are practical and easy to maintain. They are available in a huge array of sizes and colours so will fit any colour scheme, from modern-looking to a rustic and distressed look. Wood-effect tiles work equally well on floors or walls, and we currently have seven different ranges on display in the showroom.

Do you have any special offers running in May/June?
We are attending the Devon County Show in May where we will be running a competition to win a Waters Bath. We'll also be at the Axe Vale Festival in June. Keep an eye on our website for news of an imminent one-weekend-only flash sale of discontinued stock and clearance items.

Devon Tiles and Bathrooms
3-25 Finnimore Trading Estate
Ottery St. Mary
EX11 1NR
01404 811209

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