With summer on the horizon, there’s nothing like a little Mediterranean chic to celebrate the arrival of blue skies and warm sunshine. And what could be more evocative of the Mediterranean than sumptuous ceramics?

As leading builders in Surrey, at Refresh Renovations we love keeping abreast of design trends and product innovations, and with that in mind our local renovation expert, Kelley Malcher, headed to Valencia recently to check out Porcelanosa. A renowned manufacturer, distributor and retailer of ceramic tiles, Porcelanosa create, among other items, stunning porcelain fittings, wall tiles and floor tiles, as well as natural stone products, complete kitchens and bathrooms, and wood-effect tiles developed by their R&D team under their L’Antique range.

Inspirational Kitchen seen at Porcelanosa
Kitchen inspiration in the Porcelanosa showroom

Along with the rest of the Refresh team, Kelley is committed to sourcing high-quality materials for all her projects. She was, therefore, thrilled to be invited to Valencia by local supplier Surrey Tiles, with whom she has built a strong relationship in recent months.

In addition to exploring the Porcelanosa product range in situ, Kelley was delighted to be able to learn about K-Life. A revolutionary new product that’s resistant to stains and also improves air quality using photocatalytic technology, K-Life destroys bacteria when light hits its surface. As a result, K-Life is suitable for bathroom furniture, shelving and work surfaces throughout the home, and it’s comparable in price to a quartz surface.

At Refresh we believe that the best way to learn and truly understand the brands we work with is to visit them. We don’t just consult catalogues and recommend off the page – we’re passionate about immersing ourselves in our partners’ manufacturing methods and the spirit that drives their design processes. Having spent time with the Porcelanosa team, Kelley’s now in an even better position to bring a uniquely Mediterranean feel to bathroom renovations and kitchen re-designs throughout Surrey.

Bathroom inspiration in the Porcelanose showroom
Bathroom Inspiration in the Porcelanosa showroom

As Kelley observes, field trips are invaluable in staying ahead of current design trends, build processes and changing regulations. ‘I was very keen to take the opportunity to visit Porcelanosa,’ says Kelley. ‘As well as enabling me to tour the manufacturing facility, the visit also gave me the chance to explain how we work at Refresh and the kind of products our clients are increasingly looking for.

‘Our approach is to take on both the design and the build, and to provide one point of contact to improve communication and guarantee efficiency, so I wanted Porcelanosa to appreciate how they can help us exceed our clients’ expectations. Given that we’re all about taking the stress out of any design and build project, it’s vital that our key suppliers share our vision and deliver beautiful materials on time and within budget.’

The Refresh philosophy is to invest time and effort in building relationships with preferred suppliers in order to ensure great service and preferential pricing to obtain the very best value for our clients. Whether you’re looking for an ambitious extension, a contemporary kitchen or an indulgent bathroom, you can trust Kelley and her team to select the right product solution for your home.

Refresh Renovations UK are builders in Surrey covering Woking, Guildford, Weybridge and Cranleigh. To discuss your home extension, kitchen re-design or bathroom refresh, please get in touch today using the enquiry form listed alongside, or if you would like to submit a more comprehensive enquiry, you can do so on the Get In Touch page.

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