Tiles are the key to your kitchen’s look and feel. They are practical, and there are so many styles and patterns to choose from to achieve a look that suits you perfectly.
But with so much choice, it can be a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the perfect tiles. With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide to help you choose the right kind of tiles for your kitchen.
It’s a good idea to set your budget before you fall in love with the exact look you want. Kitchen tiling can be expensive, so do your research and find out the different price points of various types of tiling before you get too far into the planning process, and make sure it fits in with what you can afford.
Think about your household’s lifestyle when choosing tiles. Tiles come in a great many different materials, and some require more upkeep than others. For example, ceramic tiles withstand heat from pans, so make for a good countertop option, but may easily chip or crack; something to consider when thinking about who will be using the kitchen.
When it comes to floor tiles, you need to be careful to purchase tiles that are specifically intended to be laid as flooring. London Tile Shop told us: “Choosing a wall tile for the floor could mean they would be too slippery to walk on, so it’s important to check.”
If you are wanting to bring patterns into the kitchen, Moorish or Moroccan tiles are timeless and safe options to go for which can suit a number of differently styled kitchens from modern to traditional.
If you fall in love with a bold pattern you love, it is your home and you should be able to enjoy your kitchen, but if you are worried about potentially putting off future buyers when you come to move on, perhaps consider using them as a backsplash. That way the pattern is contained to one area and relatively easy to replace, and you can still enjoy it. House Beautiful have some great backsplash inspiration here.
In a small kitchen, try to avoid busy designs, as they will make the room look even smaller. This is particularly true if you use patterns on both the walls and the floors, as the room will feel crowded.
It’s no secret that keeping things light and bright opens up a space, so if your kitchen is small, white tiles are a great choice. To add interest, you could lay white metro tiles in a variety of patterns. Also, consider painting any wall cabinets the same colour as your tiles, so that they blend in.
We hope this has guide given you some pointers and inspiration to help you if you have a big kitchen renovation planned. Remember that if you are unsure of how much tiling you will need, your local DIY centre can help you to estimate this.