Kitchen wall tiles are easy to clean and maintain, they are durable and will last for many years to come, plus they are attractive with many different styles available. Tiles can introduce style and colour to your kitchen walls and floor and complement the overall room scheme. The kitchen is the heart of the home, where a lot of activity takes place on a daily basis.
Materials: Kitchen tiles can be ceramic or porcelain, both of which are more than adequate for domestic use in your own home. Glass mosaic tiles are also suitable for use in the kitchen as a decorative border or stylish splashback. Kitchen floor tiles need to be a stronger material (still ceramic or porcelain) as there will be more traffic and daily use.
Size: Kitchen wall tiles are usually 100 x 100 mm, but it depends on your own taste. Another popular kitchen wall tile size is rectangular such as 100 x 300 mm, which can be fixed to the wall in a brick pattern. Kitchen floor tiles range from 333 x 333 mm to large format 600 x 300 mm, but there are many different sizes and styles available.
Styles: Depending on your kitchen furniture and overall room scheme, you will need to select tiles that match and complement its surroundings. When decorating your kitchen it is always best to follow your heart rather than what is in fashion, as fashion and trends change all the time and you will probably not change your entire kitchen quite so often!
Rustic or country style kitchens use tiles to complete the overall look and feel of the room. Rustic tiles tend to be matt, neutral colours. Matt tiles have a more natural feel to them, as they absorb light in the room like stone in the natural world does. The edges of tiles may be rounded or wavy. Rustic charm encourages wholesome feelings and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. A combination of tile colours can add to the feeling of the room, such as warm orange, muted gold, beige, almond, olive and sage greens and cappuccino brown. Rustic tiles will match kitchen cupboards that are white or cream panelled or wooden, work tops that are butchers block would also suit a country style.
Contemporary kitchen tiles take a modern look and style, transforming traditional tiles. There are no set rules as to what the kitchen will look like, colours can be cool neutrals and they will have an air of sophistication to them. Contemporary tiles are usually larger in size than 100 x 100mm, but this is no set rule. Style can be added through the use of scored tiles to the tile design. Warm grey, off white, ebony brown, charcoal black and sparks of colour can be incorporated into a contemporary design. There may be an understated elegance to contemporary tile design, with added stylish features such as modern border and decorative tiles.
Bold and bright kitchen tiles may be required to introduce some life and fun into your kitchen. There is no rule to say that your tiles have to be neutral and blend into your kitchen, use colourful tiles either for the entire kitchen wall, on the kitchen splashback or as a decorative border of strip of tiled colour. There are plenty of colourful tiles on the market, a popular colour that stands out is red, which can make a statement in your kitchen.
Classic tile choices of white can be timeless in style and will never look out of place or go out of fashion. You will be in your kitchen on a daily basis, so you have to choose tiles and a style you are happy to live with every day. White tiles can be fresh and airy, with a crisp and clean look to match the rest of your kitchen. Perhaps your kitchen tiles need to be understated if your kitchen furniture or worktops attract attention. You can still add style through the texture of the tile, or fixing the tiles in a pattern such as brick style, or adding border or decorative tiles to the white tiles which actually gives them more emphasis and definition.