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Second only to bathrooms, the kitchen is one of the most popular places for using tiles. Because they’re hard wearing and easy to clean, tiles are the ideal choice for busy areas such as kitchen floors and walls that are likely to get splattered and splashed during cooking or washing up. However with more shapes, sizes and designs to choose from than ever before, tiles are no longer just a practical wall covering, they’re also an integral part of interior design and can have a dramatic effect on the overall look of your kitchen.
Here are our top tips to help you choose the tiles that are just right for you.
Size doesn’t matter…
At least not when it comes to choosing kitchen wall tiles anyway. Traditionally, kitchen wall tiles have come in smaller sizes such as 10x10 and 7.5x15cm. These are still popular today and have the advantage of fitting easily into small spaces, but they’re not the only options. Larger and more elongated rectangle formats have grown in popularity over recent years, and now we’re seeing sizes such as 5x20cm and even 5x50cm being used for kitchen walls and splashbacks. Larger plank formats such as 17.5x50cm are also popular, especially in wood effect designs, and can be used on kitchen walls and floors to create a real style statement.
Traditional vs contemporary
The lines between traditional and contemporary have been somewhat blurred as traditional style kitchens such as painted and framed shaker style doors have become one of the most contemporary styles around, no longer aimed only at country cottages. As there’s been an increase in classic kitchen styles being given a modern twist, so too has there been a rise in the popularity of traditional rustic brick shaped tiles such as our Country range. With a high gloss finish, muted colour palette and handmade appearance, these kitchen wall tiles are equally at home in traditional or modern kitchens and are right on trend.
Similarly, our Metro tiles are perfect for kitchen walls and can be used in either a traditional or modern setting. For example, Metro tiles in Sage, Light Grey or Almond will perfectly complement classic country kitchens, or for more modern minimal kitchens, Metro Black, White or Teal will provide a dramatic finishing touch.
Think about pattern
Whilst patterned kitchen wall tiles are having their moment in the spotlight, they’re not for the feint hearted. If you want to create interest on your walls without committing to patterned tiles, why not opt for plain kitchen wall tiles but lay them in a more interesting pattern such as herringbone, as demonstrated with our Country White 5x25cm wall tiles. The herringbone pattern can be used with any tile that has one side at least double the length of the other, so it can work with 10x20cm Metro tiles too. Tiling elongated shapes in a random linear offset pattern, like the Country White 5x50cm wall tiles, will also give an interesting finish. Using a contrasting grout colour really helps to highlight the pattern and add a contemporary edge.
Mosaic tiles are ideal for kitchen walls as the mesh backing can easily be cut to fit into small spaces or around awkward shapes. They come in a plethora of materials, shapes, sizes and colours, offering plenty of design options.
Natural stone mosaics are always a popular choice for kitchens as their neutral colour palette works well with a wide range of kitchen styles, and if they’re installed correctly (don’t forget to seal them) they’ll retain their natural beauty for many years. Stone mosaics don’t have to be simple squares, why not try an on-trend hexagon shape in either a polished finish or a combination of different finishes, such as our Vanilla Cream Polished Marble Hexagon Mosaic or White Marble Mix Finish Hexagon Mosaic. If you want to add a splash of colour or a metallic accent, glass or mixed mosaics are the ideal choice. Why not browse our extensive collection of mosaics and be inspired.
Don’t forget the floor
Whilst kitchen wall tiles can be used to create a real style statement, don’t overlook the impact your kitchen floor tiles can have on the overall finish of the room. As with wall tiles, although classic square floor tiles in sizes such as 33x33cm remain a practical and popular choice, the trend for larger sizes continues onto the floor. Larger floor tiles such as 45x45cm or even 60x60cm will give your kitchen floor a seamless look as there will be fewer grout lines. Elongated plank shaped tiles such as 17.5x50cm or 20x114cm are also ideal for kitchen floors and they can be laid in a variety of different ways. In a larger space a herringbone or diagonal pattern will give a striking look, whilst in a narrow space laying the tiles so the longest side of the tile runs in the same direction as the shortest side of the room will make the kitchen appear wider.
Glazed porcelain tiles are hard wearing, simple to install and easy to clean, and they come in a huge choice of patterns. Stone effect tiles will give a classic, neutral look, whilst for a more contemporary urban finish concrete or distressed wood effect tiles are incredibly popular. For a sleek, high end finish our Polished Porcelain or sparkling Quartz tiles are the ideal choice, and they’ll look great with glossy black or white worktops.
The choice is yours!
You’ll probably spend quite a bit of time choosing your kitchen units and worktops, so it makes sense to put thought into your tiles too. There are no set rules when it comes to which tiles will work with which style of kitchen, or even which wall tiles and floor tiles look good together - it really comes down to your own personal taste. Sites such as Pinterest or home interiors magazines are a great place to start for inspiration, and ordering samples of tiles to look at in your home is always a good idea. If you’d like any advice or samples please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.