ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Choosing Kitchen Tiles for your Home

Updated on December 17, 2012

Whether you are renovating your whole kitchen with new units, appliances and tiles or just re-vamping certain areas it pays to get it right as far as your tiles are concerned.

If you make the right tile choices you will be amazed at what a difference it can make to this very practical room in your home. There are a host of tiles suitable for your kitchen on the market, but what should you be looking out for?

Choosing the Right Colour's

The first thing to think about is colour, do you want your tiles to make a statement? Or would you rather that they blend into the rest of your room seamlessly? Colours that compliment your kitchen units and work surfaces work well, the image below shows how you could use three different colours in a brick-bond design to really tie in the colours of the room.


Alternatively you may prefer to keep it all in one colour, if this is the case you could simply break up any expanse of tiles with some carefully placed insert tiles (these typically have the same background colour as the surrounding tiles but have a design on them) or you could use mosaic borders to create more of a feature at eye level.

How Big or Small to Go?

The next consideration is tile size, most kitchen tiles tend to be in a fairly small format such as 148 x 148 mm or 100 x 300 mm is also a popular size for kitchens. It is often down to personal preference and down to room logistics but the main reason smaller tiles are used in kitchens is because they are often only tiled above work surfaces, into window ledges and up to cooker extractor hoods so by using a small format tile it decreases the amount of tile cutting required, which, usually gives a much better end result.

Tile Properties

Tiles are designed to look beautiful but they are also very practical, if cared for correctly, kitchen tiles will provide a clean and hygienic wall covering for your kitchen. It is worth remembering that tiles used in this area will also be subjected to countless splashes of oil, pasta sauce and other substances as well as steam from the pans on the hob so it is important to pay attention to the texture of the tiles. A smooth gloss tile will be much easier to keep clean as it is glazed and shiny meaning it will be more difficult for food and grease to adhere solidly too it. Some tiles used in kitchens have more of a rustic, matte finish, this type of surface is fine so longs it is not too textured. In my experience overly textured tiles tend to acquire dirt and grime more easily, however, if you are prepared to spend a little extra time cleaning with a bowl of hot soapy water then they may be a great choice for you.

Have fun with your kitchen there are some stunning ranges of kitchen accessories on the market. From brightly coloured salt and pepper mills, to stunning kettles right through to well designed utenstils these are designed to add fun, colour and style simply by placing the items strategically on the work surface. Stick to an accent colour and then expand on this bringing in items to compliment the colours of the tiles, units and work surfaces.

Happy Tiling :-)


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)