Dating back to the 4th-millennium b.c. tiles were being used by the Egyptians. Tiles have been an important staple in homes for a very long time. Whether you are using them on your walls or on your floors, tiles are a must in your home.
Below we will discuss what to look for when picking the perfect kitchen tile for your home.
What Is Your Style Preference
When thinking about your kitchen do you want it to match, be more contrasting, or have more of an aesthetic feel?
Think about how you want your cabinets, counters, and appliances to look. Compare that with what you are planning for your floor and walls. Will they look good together or will they clash?
If there is a certain theme to your kitchen think about patterns or accents you may want to use for your tiles. If you use patterns or accents make sure you aren’t adding too much to the room, you don’t want your kitchen to be too busy.
There are a lot of colors you can choose from. Try looking at a color wheel to see what some good options could be for you.
If you want a more comfortable atmosphere design a color scheme that matches. Go for colors close to each other on the color wheel.
If you want a contrasting look to your kitchen, pick colors that are opposite one another. It will give your kitchen more of a pop and have those colors stand out more.
Before you pick a definite color, think about what colors you want for everything else in the kitchen. Plan it all out before you make your final decision. You want to make sure you will have a kitchen you are happy with.
A Plethora of Kitchen Tile Textures
Once you know your theme and colors, the next step is picking out what kind of tiles you want. You have ceramic, porcelain, glass, vinyl, stone, and wood tiles to name a few.
Based on the texture you choose, you may have more constraints on the colors you are looking to use. This makes it easier to narrow down the texture that you will use for your kitchen.
Another thing to consider is how often you will be using the kitchen. If you are going to be standing on tiles all day you may want a texture that looks good but it also comfortable.
How Durable Do Your Kitchen Tiles Need to Be
If you are going to be using your kitchen quite often you need to think about how durable the tiles will be. Even if you don’t use your kitchen often, it may lead to other parts of your house, meaning it will have more foot traffic.
Depending on what you are doing in the kitchen you may find more scratches. In those scratches you may find dirt build up as well, making the marks more noticeable.
On top of that, your lights and sunlight reflecting off the tiles will cause the colors to fade over time. Depending on how much exposure your tiles have to light will determine how fast they will fade.
If you have more going on in your kitchen you may want to go for more durable tiles such as porcelain or ceramic.
So Many Shapes! Not Just Squares!
When looking at tiles consider what shapes you want to use in your space. Think about whether you want to use standard square patterns or other shapes.
Maybe you want a more mosaic look, or perhaps a plank style tile. You could go for a black and white checkered pattern, giving your kitchen a more traditional look.
No matter what shape you choose, you want it to be personalized to you.
Big or Small Find the Size That Fits You
Depending on the space you have available can dictate how big you can go with your tiles. You may not be able to fit certain tile sizes, or you may have odd cutoffs at the ends if you run out of room.
It is important to measure the space you want to tile. See how well your tiles will fit in that space, and what sizes work best for you.
Now, if you have a big room, it doesn’t mean you need to use big tiles. You can go for smaller tiles as well. It all comes down to how you want to personalize your space and what you feel those tiles will bring to your space.
Same goes for small rooms, you can use big tiles for smaller rooms, just remember to measure the space first. Envision how it will look and see if it is what you are looking for.
How Easy Is It to Clean Kitchen Tiles
If you will be using your kitchen quite often you will want kitchen tiles that will be easy to clean. If you are cooking on the stove, cutting things on the counter, or using appliances, food will spill. Food can splatter onto your walls and drip down onto your floor.
Your kitchen may lead to your backyard or garage. If that is the case, you will have dirt tracked throughout your kitchen.
If you want tiles that can be easily cleaned, buy tiles that are water resistant and are less prone to staining.
So Many Choices so Little Time
There are so many options out there it can be a little overwhelming. The best thing you can do is focus on the style you are looking for. After, figure out if the other components match up with your vision.
Not every kitchen tile is created equal, so it is important to find the tile that best suits your needs.
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