How to Choose Kitchen Tiles

How to Choose Kitchen Tiles

Tiles are a clear big hitter for kitchens, with people often choosing to have them both on the wall and the floor. Whether you’re designing a new kitchen or just giving the existing one a bit of a spruce up, kitchens Bangor can help you every step of the way.

Choosing the best wall and floor tiles can be pivotal for the success of your project. The tiles on the walls will protect working areas such as, behind the hob and the splashback; whilst the floor tiles will be hard-wearing, durable and aesthetically pleasing. North Wales kitchens can offer helpful advice about all aspects of your kitchen.

How to Choose the Material of Kitchen Tiles

The market is saturated with choice when it comes to tiles suitable for kitchen floors and walls. Man Made tiles are the obvious option as they are cost-conscious and the easiest to maintain and look after. With numerous designs and colours, either plain or patterned, and a wide range of finishes mean that you can create a unique scheme that you’ll love for years. There are also natural stone tiles which are a more expensive choice, but they come with striking beauty and individuality. Stone tiles have much stricter care requirements than their manmade counterparts, but as long as you follow the rules you’ll keep them looking lovely.

Man Made Kitchen Tiles

There is an enormous amount of choice when it comes to ceramic and porcelain tiles for the kitchen – and the look, colour, pattern and different finishes mean that you can be super exacting in the overall finish that you want to achieve. The inclusion of glass tiles only expanded the selection further.

Ceramic – these can be an incredibly affordable choice for the kitchen. They’re perfect for walls, but aren’t always suitable for the floor. This is something to check when you’re buying, because a tile that has been purposed for walls won’t be able to take the strain of a busy area like the kitchen floor. Ceramic tiles don’t need to be sealed and they are simple to look after and keep clean.

Porcelain – the tiles are fired at a much higher temperature than ceramic, and they are of a higher density – this makes them extremely hard wearing. They are often chosen for floors due to this reason, but they can also be used on the wall.

Glass – they often exclusively feature in mosaics, but they are available in other wall tile formats. They can add an extra bit of sparkle to the kitchen you didn’t know you needed. With multi-coloured glass as an option, they can make a stunning focal point in the kitchen.

Gloss finish – these reflective tiles can be used on the wall to help to brighten a kitchen, they will reflect the natural light to help create a nice glow. These are an ideal choice if you’re designing a small kitchen as it will help to make it feel bigger.

Matt finish – the flat finish of these tiles makes them a unique choice, they look less prominent than their light-catching gloss version but they can help to introduce a subtle contrast with other kitchen surfaces. They might take more care than the other options, which will include more regular wiping down.

Natural Stone Kitchen Tiles

Natural stone tiles must be sealed in order to protect them, and they need to be cleaned with specifically designed products for the stone type. The finishes for natural stone tiles include the smooth contemporary honed, the aged-looking tumbled and the sheen of a polished tile.

Marble – typically comes in hues of grey and white, but there are some striking dark and coloured shades available as well. The veining in the marble can be subtle or dramatic. Don’t lay polished marble on a kitchen floor as it can cause a dangerous slip hazard.

Slate – creates a textured surface that can boost some grip at floor level, or add some intrigue to a kitchen when used on the walls. The dark and rich tones make it an attention grabbing stone.

Limestone – this is widely available, in beige, grey, cream and dark colours; this means it can be used to create a whole range of different looks. Limestone tiles can have differing levels of durability, so you’ll need to ensure that if it’s being used on the floor, that the stone is hard-wearing enough.

Travertine – these are generally available in beige and grey tones, though warmer hues are available. It has some natural voids on the surface which are filled in most finishes or when the tiles are grouted.

How to Choose Tiles for Kitchen Walls and Floors

As a vertical element in the kitchen design toolbox, splashbacks help to create an impact, and the considered use of tiles makes exploiting this potential extremely easy. The use of colour, reflectivity, patterned tiles or tiles laid out in a pattern such as herringbone make a tiled splashback a kitchen feature to lust over.

Alternatively you could make the floor tiles the focal point of the decorating scheme – patterning the floor is incredibly popular and is a trend in its own right. If you do go down the patterned floor route, pairing with a plain white wall tile is usually the way to go, although going rogue and having the pattern on the walls as well isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

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