Whether you’re selecting the tiles for your kitchen’s floors or walls, make sure to read our expert’s advice before you start your renovation project!
Let’s admit it, finding the right tiles for your kitchen – is indeed daunting. Tiles are the perfect way to add some character to your kitchen and to keep them looking good as new forever. Yes, tiles don’t just add to the aesthetics but are also highly functional.
If you’re in the midst of a kitchen renovation, then you would be aware that – a kitchen remodel is pretty expensive. You would have probably spent tens of thousands on modular kitchen cabinets, sinks, appliances and more.
It would be tempting to cut down costs by choosing cheap tiles. But, this is a costly mistake, as it could lead to extensive repairs and replacements a few years down the line.
Tiles play a vital role in determining the overall feel and look of your kitchen.
And, to ensure that your kitchen is functional and beautiful, you need the perfect set of tiles. The wall tiles not only keep add beauty to the space, but they’re also practical – and form the perfect backsplash protecting the walls behind your sink and stove.
When it comes to floor tiles, you need something that is durable and withstands the wear and tear of the kitchen.
Additionally, by opting for high-quality premium ceramic and porcelain kitchen tiles, you can add a WoW factor to your cooking zone.
Guide to Selecting the Right Tiles for your Kitchen
When it comes to tiles in the kitchen, you’ll have to choose both floor and wall tiles. Floor tiles don’t work well for wall tiles and vice versa. For instance, when you use the glossy wall tiles for your flooring, it isn’t safe to walk on and could lead to slips and falls.
Here, in this post, you can find the list of factors to consider while choosing the right tiles for your kitchen.
Decide where the Tile will be Used
Before you choose a particular tile, you’ll have to determine the surface where it will be installed. Tiles in the kitchen are generally used in the following spaces – as a backsplash behind the kitchen sink and stove, on the walls, under cabinets, and on the floor. Additionally, tiles are also used as a countertop material for kitchens.
Understand the Difference Between Tiles
The word “tile” is an umbrella term. By definition, it refers to any material that is laid in rows over a surface. Tiles are made from a variety of materials like – ceramic, porcelain, glass, cork, stone, bamboo, vinyl, and more.
When it comes to kitchens, ceramic and porcelain are your best options. Not only are these materials beautiful (they are available in a wide variety of colours and textures) but also highly functional.
Here are a few reasons why Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles are a Great Choice for your Kitchen:
- Nonporous (doesn’t absorb stains and spills)
- Long lasting
- Minimal maintenance
Lock Down the Budget
Kitchen tiles are available in a wide range of prices. You can find pretty inexpensive tiles (simple solid coloured tiles) to tiles that cost a fortune (Moroccan and other hand designed tiles). Make sure that you fix your budget before you start tile shopping.
If you don’t fix your budget, you could get fixated on a particular tile, only to find that it doesn’t fit your pocket. To avoid such disappointments, make sure to decide on a budget before you start searching for your kitchen tiles.
And, when it comes to budgets don’t fix a number. Instead, decide a budget range that is comfortable for you.
Consider your Lifestyle
Though kitchen tiles are generally durable and resilient, the longevity varies from one tile style to another. For instance, ceramic tiles are a great option for kitchen counters, because they are easy to maintain, spill and stain resistant and can withstand the heat from hot pans.
Before you start your search for kitchen tiles, you have to determine your household’s lifestyle. Do you have pets or young kids in the house? If yes, then you need sturdy tiles that withstand rough usage and frequent spills.
On the other hand, if you’re an adult-only household, with minimal kitchen usage, then fancy tiles may work for you.
Pay Special Attention to your Family’s Habits while Choosing Floor Tiles
Pay extra attention while choosing flooring tiles for your home. Any tile you choose for the floors must withstand heavy foot traffic, messy paws, and feet, spilled foods and your regular household cleaning supplies.
Double check whether the tile you have chosen is specifically made for floors. If you mistakenly choose a wall tile for floors, then the coefficient of friction (CoF) will be too low, which makes your floors slippery.
When choosing floor tiles, look for ones that have slightly raised textures that give better grip while walking.
Go Creative on the Backsplash
When it comes to the backsplash tile, the sky is your limit. Since backsplash tiles don’t need to withstand heavy traffic; they can be glossy, printed, fun and bold. The choice is all yours. By choosing decorative and bight tiles for the backsplash, you infuse a vibrant personality and feel to the kitchen.
If you have opted for neutral tiles to the rest of the kitchen, then adding textured and printed tiles to the backsplash is a great way to add life to your kitchen and brighten up the space.
Summing it up
When it comes to tiles for kitchens, there are a wide variety of options that suit all budgets and tastes. Use this simple six-step guide to pick the right tile for your kitchen. Remember to do your homework. Search the internet for inspiration or look at home design magazines to help you create your dream kitchen.
Remember our friendly sales representatives here at Décor Cera are waiting to help you find the right tile that suits your dream kitchen. Give us a call to get started.
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