The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any home and when designing a new kitchen – either a full installation or refurbishment – it can be quite difficult to choose the perfect options as there’s so much choice.
Within this process, one of the hardest decisions to make is which tiles are best for your new kitchen, as these are a main feature that defines the room, including wall, floor and splashback options.
Our guide will help you find the best options for your home project, and if you have any questions, get in touch with our experts. We have showrooms across the South East.
4 considerations to pick the right kitchen tiles
Aside from your budget, which will of course impact your options, there are several things to consider, such as:
- colour scheme
- the size of the room
Using our expert knowledge, we will go into detail about each consideration to help you in the process of picking kitchen tiles, taking into account the specific nuances for this room, environment and what tiles need to bring to improve your experience in the kitchen.
One of the most important things to consider first is the colour scheme that you are going to aim for during the installation. Cream and grey tend to be the most popular colours for cupboards and worktops in kitchens, so there are a lot of tile colours and styles to choose from, which can be daunting.
Consider your home’s overall look
Start by looking at the style of the rest of your home. If you like to have a bit of colour splashed around your home, then something bright and colourful may fit in well and help create a nice flow from one room into the other. Colourful tiles are also a great way to add a bit of personality and fun to a room.
If you prefer neutrals, grey tiles are a great and versatile option, as they mix in well with other colours and you can easily brighten up the room with colourful accessories.
Do you want to combine bright and neutral?
You can also mix different coloured tiles, some neutral with some bright so that you still add a bit of colour to your home, but it isn’t too much. To make this option easier to order, choose areas for brighter tiles that are smaller and can be installed with fewer obstructions, such as your splashbacks on the walls or a border around a kitchen island on the floor.
In this instance, just ensure that the colours don’t clash and that the combinations won’t offset the colours of appliances, but instead compliment them.
Another important thing to consider is where your tiles are actually going to go and there are three main places for tiles in a kitchen:
People tend to favour floor tiles in a more neutral colour, as they usually last for a long time, so it’s easier to match in with them if you tend to change colour schemes regularly. Although, patterned floor tiles are very on trend at the moment and can really add personality to a room.
Wall tiles are where a lot of people get creative as they are in your line of sight. Here you can choose different colours, textures and styles to add a feature to your kitchen or brighten up an area.
Tile splashbacks need to be glossy, as the stove is a heavy use area, so making it easily wipeable is best for keeping your tiles looking great for longer. This will also reduce the time spent cleaning your tiles in the future. However, should you be looking to use a more textural look consider using LTP Grout & Tile Protector Spray, a clear easy to use spray on coating that helps cleaning.
Is your kitchen going to be super chic and modern? Or are you going for the more traditional look? Depending on the style you choose, it will influence the tiles that you need to compliment the overall look.
Sleek, white, cream and grey tiles tend to be favoured more by those opting for a neutral, modern look, whilst a lot of patterned tiles tend to have a more traditional even farmhouse feel.
Something that is worth considering is the material of the tiles you are going to use. If the tiles are in a heavy use area, such as by the stove or on the floor, then something that is glossy and easy to clean will keep them looking better for longer. Whilst textured tiles are best in an area that is less likely to get dirty.
As expected, the choice of material can really alter the final cost of tiling as some materials cost more than others, however, if you invest now in durable high quality tiles, they should last longer and ultimately be great value for money.
Kitchen tile ideas
We have worked on thousands of projects over the years and recommend the following tiles for kitchens, with ideas of how to use them in everyday life to achieve the results you’re looking for.
Give your kitchen an air of warmth and sophistication with these wood effect tiles. They have the benefit of being water resistant, hard-wearing and easy to maintain.
Get in touch
We are proud to offer free samples of all tiles online, so browse our range and order as many free samples as you need to help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing your kitchen tiles.
If you need more help with choosing the right tiles and would like advice from our expert team, either visit us in one of our showrooms across the south east or give us a call on 01903 775778.