Tiling is an obvious option for kitchens as they are more hygienic, clean looking, attractive and most importantly, easy to maintain. Additionally, tiles are harder wearing, which is especially important considering the fact that your kitchen probably experiences the most foot traffic in your house compared to any other room.
Now, when it comes to designing your kitchen’s interiors, there are many different types of tiles worth considering. Cost and practicality are important factors to pay attention to when you are looking at them as options for floor or wall tiles.
So, firstly you need to make your mind up about where you are putting the tiles in your kitchen. If you are looking to select wall tiles, they should be patterned or glossy, ceramic tiles (which are comparatively more fragile) or mosaics. On the other hand if you are looking to select a floor tile, you should give great consideration to tile characteristics such as durability, neutral shade and a surface that is non-slippery.
Still, like for almost everything else in the world, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing the right tile option for your kitchen. Therefore, it is important to not restrict your vision when making choices.
Here are some of our top tips for choosing kitchen tiles:
Where Are The Tiles Going?
It would be foolish to decide on the material or colour of a tile without first determining where it is going. If you own a fireplace, you can attach tiles to backsplashes where they act as borders and at the same time provide much needed contrast against a raw brick wall. You could also install tiles beneath raised cabinets or use them as countertops. Tiles also double up as a great flooring option. You will be able to make better decisions on what tones or textures to consider, once you are sure of where you are going to put it, as you will be able understand what kind of environmental factors it will be exposed to.
Which Tile Should You Choose?
You should be aware of the different types of tiles available in the market. This will enable you to choose the right type of tile for your kitchen, one that fits in seamlessly with your overall kitchen design. Vinyl, ceramic, glass, cork or stone are just some of the great options worth considering for your kitchen design. Stone, slate, marble, porcelain, vinyl, cork and wood are popular choices as flooring materials. Ceramic or glass tiles are mostly used as wall tiles.
What’s Your Budget?
Now, before you let your imagination and creativity run wild while looking for the perfect tiling options for your dream kitchen design, it is important to first be aware of how much you can afford to spend. For this, you will need to set up a budget beforehand. Some tiles can be relatively inexpensive while others can be on the costlier side. If you are not great at setting budgets or are not good with numbers in general, it would be advisable to contact an expert. This way you will know how many tiles you will need to complete the job and at what size. This will put you in a better position of figuring out the costs involved in opting for a particular type of tile to complete your kitchen redesign. Quality of the tile you choose may also vary depending on where you are purchasing it from. If you are not willing to compromise on a particular type of tile for your kitchen design, you could instead look to purchase reclaimed tiles, which would cost lesser than brand new tiles.
Designing a kitchen should in all reality be a job that is creative and fun, still it is important to be practical when selecting tiles for your kitchen. You need to pay special attention to traits such as durability, longevity and ease of replacement before you purchase a particular type of tile for your kitchen. Any tile you choose will come with its own share of pros and cons. It is important to think about how you intend to use your kitchen along with other important factors such as- Are there young children in the house? Are there pets in the house? How much foot traffic is the kitchen likely to experience? By being aware about the kind of environment your kitchen will be subjected to, you will be better positioned to make the right choices.