Tiles are an essential part of any kitchen and are used for decoration as well as a back wall near messier areas like sinks and stoves. Some people also use tile as a flooring in their kitchen instead of something like vinyl with a fake tile pattern.
Are you about to renovate a property for the first time? Or would you like to give your first home a makeover? Knowing where to start can be difficult. So here’s a look at the basics of how to choose the best tiles for your kitchen floor and walls to help you out if you are new to it.
Select kitchen tiles
The most important things to consider about flooring are budget, comfort, durability, maintenance, and value for money.
If you are a DIY enthusiast you might find it easy to lay a tile floor, but if you have to cut tiles it can be more difficult. When in doubt, either buy from a location that offers free or discounted customization, or work the tiler fee into the project.
Natural or artificial?
Granite tiles are tough enough for kitchens, but they’re tough so anything you drop will definitely break. Slate is also tough, although either option can put a lot of strain on your feet if you stand on it for long periods of time.
Quarry and terracotta are noble Kitchen floor tiles However, both must be sealed before use so that they are waterproof. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are ready-to-use, durable and available in an impressive range of colors, patterns and finishes.
Select kitchen wall tiles
Ceramic or porcelain tiles
If you have a large floor to cover and you are on a tight budget, artificial tiles such as ceramic or porcelain are usually cheaper. They are also easy to keep clean and generally require little maintenance. They can be bought in many different sizes and hundreds of colors and designs, and some even look like marble or wood if that’s your preference.
These are great for the walls of a state-of-the-art kitchen or a cheaper but equally effective version like quartz and resin with additional pieces of glass.
The natural look
It is possible to have stone wall tiles, although these are quite expensive and need to be sealed before use. Marble is an option too, though it’s more common in bathrooms. A marble kitchen splashback looks very classy indeed, and the bonus is that it’s easy to keep clean.
A tip regarding color / pattern
If your space is smaller, choose larger tiles and bright neutrals to give the feeling of extra space. It’s also best to avoid overdoing fussy patterns, either sticking them to a feature wall, or using them to add interest to a larger, more neutral block of solid color tile.
Whichever way you go, take your time, because in the future you will have to live with your decision for a reasonable amount of time!