should be able to withstand years of being stood
upon, stomped on, scuffed, scraped and, if kids
are involved, the brute beatings inflicted by large,
sturdy toys manipulated by equally sturdy pre-schoolers.
However, kitchen tile should also enhance the aesthetics
of a kitchen by adding color, design and ambiance.
So what do you look for when choosing kitchen tile
that is durable but simultaneously beautiful?
5 Things to Think about
When Determining the Best Tile for your Kitchen
||Decide how much you
have to spend. Linoleum and vinyl tiles are
less expensive than ceramic tiles that are
custom designed to your specifications. Other
kinds of tile material include stone, cork,
quarry, porcelain and even bamboo
||Is your kitchen the
main hub of your household or is it only invaded
at dinnertime? For families that use the kitchen
for everything but taking a bath, consider
resilient tile over tile that contains intricate
designs or can be easily chipped and cracked.
||Does a spill occur
every 30 seconds in your kitchen? If so, opt
for kitchen floor tile that has texture or
a slightly elevated pattern to prevent slips
and falls. Limestone or clay tile is both
elegant and safe to walk on when set. After
it has been fired, the tile gives the appearance
of natural stone, which blends well in kitchens
exhibiting a rustic, farm-style design.
||Tile incorporated with
cork is resistant to moisture, versatile and
durable while also capable of reducing the
impact of noisy, playful toddlers. For homes
that have shift workers who sleep during the
day, cork tile may be one way to decrease
||Although you may love
that dark, faux-wood tile you saw in the catalogue,
stop and consider the size of your kitchen
before you begin laying it down. Small kitchens
will look even more claustrophobic with dark
floor tile and can inhibit the ability to
properly illuminate the kitchen. If you want
your kitchen to seem more spacious, pick a
lighter color that blends with any backsplash
or counter tile you may already have in your
Speaking of tile for your backsplash, unless you
plan to renovate your entire kitchen, you will have
to consider the color and material of your cabinets
to implement perfect tiles just meant for your kitchen.
Be careful about too-dramatic color contrasts that
may cause your kitchen to look asymmetrical or disconnected
as well as the size of the tile cut. Large-cut tile
may overpower a kitchen while too-small cut tile
makes for an overly eager, somewhat irritating backsplash.
For professional advice and suggestions, talk to
designer about what kind of tile you should
use to achieve the distinctive look and functionality
you want in your kitchen.