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Your walls and floors are the backdrop to your kitchen, and it’s important to choose tiles that bring your cooking space together.
Most of us begin a kitchen renovation with an end goal in mind. You may want to capture the industrial trend with concrete-look wall tiles and floor tiles. Perhaps you’re a fan of the shabby chic atmosphere of traditional country kitchens.
Regardless of your tastes, choosing your kitchen tiles is a decision to consider carefully. Once your tiles are installed, the last thing you want is to remove them – so it’s important to choose kitchen tiles you absolutely love.
How to Choose Kitchen Tiles for Your Design Project
Porcelain vs Ceramic Tiles
As a general rule, choose porcelain for durability and ceramic for affordability.
Many homeowners don’t know the difference between porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles. It’s true that the look, feel and even manufacturing process of the two is similar – but there are important distinctions.
There are two main differences between ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles: the materials used and their firing process. Ceramic tiles are made using red, brown or white clay and baked to reduce water content. Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, contain fine white clay, sand and feldspar. Porcelain tiles are also fired at a higher temperature than ceramics. As a result, porcelain tiles absorb less than 0.5% water. Overall, they are stronger, denser and less porous.
Both porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles have their advantages. But the two cannot be used interchangeably. Ceramics have a lower price-point and are a good choice for walls and low moisture spaces. Their hardiness makes porcelain tiles the best choice for flooring, and for surfaces prone to moisture, such as backsplashes.
When to Use Patterned Tiles
If you enjoy vintage style kitchens, you should opt for patterned tiles in your planning. They’re perfect for adding character to a design feature including your kitchen splashback or border. You can also use tiled flooring for ‘broken plan living’, where you create designated ‘zone’ in an open space. For example, if you have a kitchen diner, you can used contrasting tiles to separate the two areas.
Subtle patterns in muted colours can be used all-over to striking effect, but vibrant patterned tiles make the biggest impact in isolated areas. Use them to highlight design features in your kitchen including islands and alcoves, or even original features such as fireplaces.
Choosing the Right Tile Size for Your Kitchen
Deciding on the best tile size for your kitchen very much depends on the impact you want your tiles to have. If you’re looking to make a room appear larger with your tiles, the bigger – and brighter – the better. Small, mosaic styles are ideal if you’re tiling a surface that requires detail, moulding, or if you’re making a border. Equally, if you want to create a seamless effect, large tiles with matching grout are perfect. To make a feature of the design of each individual tile, choose a smaller style with a contrasting grout.
Considering these factors is an important first step to feeling motivated and ready to see your renovation through. The right tile choice can give any space an instant lift, and really bring the different elements of a room together. Using these guidelines will ensure you find the perfect fit for you.
For more inspiration, browse an extensive range of kitchen tiles at Crown Tiles.