The kitchen is perhaps the one room in your entire home that can potentially have many different types of tiles, in various applications and they will all help to enhance the beauty of your kitchen. However, when in the process of choosing a kitchen tile for your home you need to start with considering where the tiles will go. For instance, glossy tiles that are meant to go on the wall will not do well if they are used as flooring tiles.
The tiles for your flooring need to be very safe to walk on, so a glossy tile will end up being unsafe under your foot. Below we look at a few tips which should help you choose the right tile for the right application and for the type of kitchen you have.
Determine exactly where the tiles will be installed
Before you even think about the type of material you will need you to decide what surface it needs to be applied on. Tiles can be easily placed as a backsplash right behind the stove or they can be placed on the wall located on the underside of the upper cabinets. Matt tiles are excellent countertop materials and these can also be used on the floor. However, you need to be careful with glossy tiles as they shouldn’t be applied in places where you are going to walk or store things.
Also glossy tiles are easily damaged by sharp objects so they are not good for places like racks.
Understand the difference between all tiles
The term ’tile’ mainly refers to a very resilient material which can easily be laid in what are known as rows across a surface. For the kitchen this can include cork, stone, bamboo, glass, ceramic and porcelain tiles. However, the application of bamboo, cork and vinyl tiles are most common on the floor. While, porcelain, quarry and ceramic can easily be used for floors and countertops.
The best place to use glass tiles is on the walls or as backsplashes since they are easy to clean and will not be easily broken by mistake.
Always have a budget in mind
It goes without saying kitchen tiles have always been and will continue to be expensive. The latest and greatest tiles are the most expensive and before you get sold on the look make sure that you have the budget for it. Always do your homework before accepting that envisioned look you’ve always wanted. Visit a few tile and home improvement stores as they can help you easily estimate the amount of product which will be needed for your kitchen.
Consider the lifestyle of your household
Even though most kitchen tiles are very resilient, they still require upkeep in order to maintain their longevity. For instance, ceramic tiles are best suited for countertops since they are durable and will hold up quite well against the heat from hot sauce pans, plus they are easy to clean and maintain. However, the drawback to ceramic tile surfaces is that they are uneven and so they can easily be chipped or cracked.
So, always determine if your family’s lifestyle will easily match the tiles that you choose.
The floor tile should withstand your family’s living habits
If you are choosing a floor tile make sure that it is durable enough to withstand pets, heavy traffic, cleaning supplies and spilled food. Most floor tiles are marked ‘floor tile’. However, if you decide to choose a wall tile for your floors then the coefficient of friction is going to be extremely low which means that the tiles will be slippery. This is why it’s best to choose only floor tiles with ideally a pattern or texture which makes then less slippery.
If you want a more refined look then choose quarry tiles. This tile is made from clay and limestone but is designed to look like it is made from natural stone. That said quarry tiles are a lot more expensive than regular ceramic tiles but they look great if used correctly.
There are hundreds of options for a tile backsplash
Since, the backsplash does not receive heavy and direct traffic a glossy or painted tile is serves the purpose perfectly. Porcelain, metal, glass or ceramic tiles can add a decorative flair to your kitchen according to leading tile sellers like Australia based Tile Market.
Mark is one of the leading experts on tiles and interior decoration. He started as an interior decorator over fifteen years ago and soon made a transition into tile design and sales. Today, he runs one of the leading online tile websites in Australia which now ships to a number of countries around the world.