Designing a new kitchen, or in need of a refresh? Either way, selecting the best wall and floor tiles can be crucial to the success of your project. On walls, they’ll protect working areas, including the splashback, and as flooring, they are hard-wearing and easy to clean.
We share our four top tips on how to choose the best kitchen tiles for you.
1. Create a Mood Board
Mood boarding is all about refining the style, look and feel you are after for your kitchen. It’s an aesthetic mind-map that will help determine if you want charcoal for the floors to match the blue kitchen cabinets, or if you want a white gloss. Whatever your preferred style may be, taking a mood board into the tile showroom will help visually communicate what you are looking for when engaging with a staff member. With a reference picture, we can pull styles that are currently in stock, meet your budget and boost your confidence with your decision. We promise the time you spend browsing online tile showrooms and navigating mockup creators for inspiration will all be worth it when you see your finished space coming together.
2. Selecting the correct size
It’s important to choose the size of tiles that complement your space as they will greatly impact the finished look. The size of a room doesn’t necessarily determine the size of the tile in the way you might think. For example, a small kitchen can benefit from a large tile as there are fewer grout lines. The alternative of using small tiles in a small kitchen could give the feeling of being boxed in and demote achieving a bigger and brighter space.
3. Keep your lifestyle in mind
When choosing the kitchen floor tile or the working areas, consider your family’s habits and make the tile choice accordingly. Flooring durable enough to withstand heavy traffic, pets, spilled foods and cleaning supplies may be what you need. Therefore, it is important to ensure you are selecting a tile under the “floor tile” category, for these specific reasons. On the contrary to this, you might not need tiles that will stand the test of time. To make the selection process a lot simpler, start by asking yourself how the space will be used.
2. Selecting the right finish
Selecting the finish of the tile should come after you have made your lifestyle considerations. There is an enormous choice of ceramic and porcelain tiles for the kitchen from colour and pattern to a stone or timber look, the list goes on. This is why mood boarding is important. Your key considerations should come down to how each tile finish catches the light. A white gloss finish tile will bounce the light around to create a brighter space, whereas a matte finish tile will be less prominent with catching light but a great subtle contrast to other finishes in the kitchen space (such as gloss finish cabinets).
If you are still unsure of what tile is right for your kitchen, we’re here to help. For the best kitchen tiles that meet the Australian and New Zealand tile regulations for splashbacks, walls and floors, chat to the team at Cheap Tiles Online. Get in touch here.