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Choosing The Right Tile For Your Kitchen

Updated on October 18, 2010

The tile you use in your kitchen goes a long ways in determining the entire room setting.  Since the kitchen is such an important component in your overall home, it needs to offer comfort, function, and decor.  This room is the central area of food provision and preparation, so it is essential that it offer the right environment for the one who is cooking.  The kitchen is the room in the house that probably uses more tile than any other place in the house.  There are kitchen wall tiles, countertop tiles, and floor tiles commonly installed in the kitchen.  Many homeowners eventually use tile to complete their backsplash ideas to accent the stove and sink area.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles: It would be near impossible to beat the functionality and beauty of ceramic kitchen tiles.  Homeowners prefer it for the sake of the resale value of their home; Tiles offer such durability, design potential, and accent possibilities that it is easy to understand its popularity.  It is also very reasonably priced and cost effective.

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles:  These tiles are probably the most traditional type of tile around.  It is the favorite of many folks because it looks a lot like natural stone tiles.  Tiles made from porcelain create a texture and appearance that blends well with stone tiles.  The other great advantage these tiles have over others is their scratch and chip resistance.  They are also uniform in size and shape, so installation is predictable and simple to do.

Glass Tiles
Glass Tiles

Glass Tiles

Glass tiles:  If you desire a very sophisticated and classic appearance, you might consider glass tiles.  These unique tiles are durable, strong, scratch and stain resistant, and come in various shades and sizes.  The upkeep and cleaning is easy and glass tiles can be used on countertops, backsplashes, and walls.

Stone Tiles

Stone tiles:  A rich and elegant addition to any kitchen can be achieved with stone tiles.  These tiles have a wide price range depending on the quality of the tile and the material.  Unlike many other tiles, stone tiles must be maintained often in order to keep them looking great.

Stone Tiles

Stone tiles
Stone tiles

Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl tiles:  These tiles are inexpensive, and one of the easiest types of tiles to install.  They make a solid choice for kitchens, due to the high traffic volume and the presence of kids.  Unfortunately, vinyl tiles will scratch easily, so great care must be used when sliding tables and chairs around on this surface.

Kitchen Floor Tiles

 Kitchen floor tiles:  The kitchen floor probably gets noticed by a person entering the room before anything else.  The quality and appearance of the floor, consequently, determines the appeal you kitchen will have.  Choose your floor tiles very carefully, making certain that the color will blend nicely with the rest of the tile and accents in the room.  Avoid using tiles that are non-laminated or tiles that are porous as they both are prone to stain.

Backsplash Tiles

Backsplash tiles:  The backsplash in your kitchen can sometimes be considered the main attraction of the room.  Choose the materials and color very carefully and make certain that changes to your backsplash appearance are thought out and planned.  Some great choices for backsplash tile might be glass tiles, natural tiles of stone, metal tiles, or ceramic tiles.

Wallpaper for Backsplash

Wallpaper for backsplash:  In an attempt to cut corners, wallpaper is occasionally used as an easy option for quickly decorating the kitchen.  The problem with wallpaper is the difficulty in cleaning it properly and the peeling that often occurs in humid climates and conditions.

Kitchen Backsplash Idea

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Other Choices

Other Choices: In order to create an original style, some people have tried to use mirrored tiles in the kitchen. Though they match any type of kitchen decor, they can look rather tacky and also reveal dirt and grease.

Whatever type of kitchen tiles are used, make certain that you purchase strong and durable tile that improves the overall appearance of your room. You now can see that each type of tile choice has its benefits and sometimes has limitations. Make certain the tile you use fits your budget and the home decor you desire.

High End Tile Backsplash

High End Tile backsplash
High End Tile backsplash

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      sue 

      2 years ago

      what is the # & color of the first picture that has a square design behind the stove? I have golden oak cabinets. Thanks

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      Nick M. 

      7 years ago

      We need to re-tile our kitchen pretty badly. This info should help us!

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      acisni 

      7 years ago

      great work, very informative and impressive looking hub. keep going!

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