As with most decisions a renovator may make, there’s a lot of variety in the way we use kitchen tiles. From the understated to the garish, the simple to the lavish; kitchen tiles can bring out the best and worst in space depending on their quality and how they’re used. It’s why we at Tilemall are constantly searching for the perfect tiles in a wide range of shapes, sizes, materials, and more; there’s just so much to choose from, and we need to ensure our customers have the best.
With all that said, there is one question that is extremely pertinent in this field, and that is the question of what makes a kitchen tile the right one for a particular space. After all, “kitchen tiles” is a very broad term and one that encapsulates a lot of different styles, such as splashback tiles, kit kat tiles, and kitchen floor tiles.
Today, we’re going to take a step back, and give you a quick guide to kitchen tiles, their usage, and how to get the most out of your own projects.
Kitchen Tiles Should Be Easy to Scrub Clean
More so than practically any area within your house, a kitchen is prone to dirt and debris building up. A kitchen is where you prepare food, and with it being used every day in many cases, substances like oil and foodstuffs can quickly start to build up if not properly cleaned and maintained. That’s why, for your own sanity and sanitisation, you’ll want kitchen tiles that are easy to clean and difficult to stain. This is why many renovators gravitate more to porcelain tiles than natural stone when it comes to their counters and other high-mess areas.
This isn’t to say that you can’t use these natural and less-cleanable surfaces with your kitchen tiles. Rather, you simply need to be strategic with how they are used. A tile that is going to absorb or be damaged by oil shouldn’t be next to your stovetop, just as a painted tile prone to water damage shouldn’t be lining your sink. Placement is always going to be key in home design and renovation, and that means choosing the right tiles for the right space is always going to be half the battle.
Match Your Existing Designs and Cabinetry
There are some things in a kitchen space that are going to be easier to remove or replace than others. Cabinets are not easy to move or replace, plain and simple, so if you’re looking to style up your existing kitchen space without a complete, pricey overhaul, then you’ll need to consider working with what you have. Think about the colours, textures, and shapes that would work best with your structures that can’t be moved or replaced, and then consider working backwards from there.
Be In It For the Long Haul
The excitement of having new kitchen tiles is a truly wonderful thing, but it’s not everything. You as a homeowner, or even as a landlord, will be dealing with these tiles for a long time, and unless you want to make retiling the same room over and over again part of your yearly ritual, you’ll want something that can stand the test of time. This is where quality comes into the picture, as durability is one of the unsung virtues of kitchen tile choice. Cheap, bulk tiles may look great at first, but they’re not the type of tile that is going to be able to hold up to the wear and tear that comes with a personal kitchen space.
As one of the country’s leading tile stores, Tilemall exists to offer the best balance of quality and affordability available, and that takes a lot of work. It’s why our team is highly selective with the brands and materials we work with, ensuring that each of our tiles lives up to the high standard our customers have come to expect. So, if you’re going to try and find the perfect kitchen tile, you need to find a distributor that you can trust with that decision. Do your research, find which materials will work for your needs, and if you need help or support, contact Tilemall today at (02) 9638 1032.
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