Choosing Kitchen Tiles
Often, the walls of a kitchen start to look tired and old due to the fact that kitchen tiles are constantly exposed to heat and the mess that comes with regular baking or cooking. The good news is that you can easily refresh your prep-area simply by tiling the walls of your kitchen. Not only will the tiles protect the kitchen walls, but they will bring new life into the area. There are so many different designs and materials to choose from, that you can easily create a kitchen that captures your personality and cooking flair.
Ceramic tiles are a good choice for the kitchen because they are hardy and able to withstand water. This is one reason why ceramic tiles are often used in the backsplash, because they are great for high moisture areas.
On the other hand, glass tiles can also be a great choice because they do not absorb any moisture and are easy to clean. If you're a clean-freak and ease of cleaning is a big consideration, you may want to go with glass. Another benefit is that glass reflects light, which helps to make any space appear to be a bit larger. This is definitely something to consider if you have a smaller kitchen.
Keep in mind that you need to make sure that the wall tiles you choose will match with the countertops and the floors – unless you plan to redo everything. Therefore, you may want to consider porcelain tiles which are available in many styles and are easy to match with countertops.
Porcelain is known for being very durable and hard to scratch or chip, which makes it a good choice for those who do a lot of cooking in their kitchens. This also makes it a favourite for kitchens in homes with a lot of children, since porcelain is harder to damage.
Design Choices for kitchen tiles
Once you decide what type of tile to use you can start to think about the design you are after. There are many styles and colours out there, so choosing one that will fit in with your overall décor should not be too difficult. You can choose to make your tiles more neutral, or you can choose a design that is much brighter and more intricate, if you want the walls to serve as the centrepiece of your kitchen. Many people choose a central design that they can use in the backsplash and then match the rest of the tiles on the wall to this so that the design is repeated throughout the kitchen.