Kitchen tiles are one of the most effective, easiest and affordable ways to brighten up your living space and completely remodel your kitchen. Whether you want to add new countertops, backsplash or floor, tiles can add vibrant colors to your kitchen. This is even more important since kitchen appliances and cabinets are basic neutral colors. Before you consider what kind of tiles you want for your kitchen, you need to determine where you’ll place them. For instance, mosaic tiles look perfect as backsplash. However, the same tiles would be very difficult to clean on your floor or countertop. Other factors you need to consider include cost, quality and practicality.
Countertop, Backsplash and Floor tiles are quite different from each other. Here are some key differences :
Floor Tiles – Kitchen floor tiles should be able to withstand wear and tear. A kitchen floor is exposed to a lot of things on a regular basis. Some of these include pets, spills, foot traffic, children, chemical materials and dropped dishes. While picking tiles for your kitchen floor, you need to make sure you don’t select wall tiles. Such tiles may cause you to slip or fall. Moreover, they may not be able to manage heavy foot traffic throughout your kitchen.
Countertop Tiles – Although countertop tiles don’t need to be as sturdy and durable as floor tiles, they still need to withstand a lot of wear and tear. Hot oil, excessive heat and regular cleaning can easily trigger damages. You should pick something that suits your needs and lifestyle.
Backsplash Tiles – With backsplash tiles, you can get completely innovative. This area in your kitchen does not get any foot traffic. Therefore, you can utilize a lot of materials and designs. Mosaic and subway tiles are popular choices. Chevron and herringbone patterns also look very trendy. While choosing backsplash tiles, you should look for bright patterns and colors.
Firenze provides a lot of options to choose from. Here are some of our most popular offerings :
Natural Stone – Natural stone tiles are manufactured from a lot of different materials including limestone, granite, marble and so on. Natural stone is one of the most expensive materials for kitchen tiles. However, it looks spectacular and lasts a very long time. Natural stone also provides more variation than other predefined colors and patterns available in the market. After you set up these tiles, they might require treatment for stain and water resistance. Thus, you should also take this into account before making a choice.
Glass – Glass tiles are one of the most affordable options. They are very easy to clean and set up. However, your lifestyle and needs will determine if it’s easy to clean glass tiles or not. For instance, if you have kids, they may spill sauce or food on your glass tiles frequently. This may make it difficult for you to clean them.
Ceramic – Ceramic tiles are also popular among homeowners. They are perfect for both floor and countertop applications. Ceramic tiles are available in both unglazed and glazed options. Glazed tiles are way more easier to clean than unglazed tiles. Unglazed tiles need to be sealed for stain resistance. Ceramic is a very resilient material that’s perfect for areas exposed to moisture.
Porcelain – These tiles come with a matte finish. Some porcelain tiles even look similar to natural stone. Such tiles are usually dense, stain resistant and resilient. They are also resistant to moisture. You also need to make sure porcelain tiles you choose have been ranked by Porcelain Enamel Institute for hardness.
The size and shape of the tiles will depend on the kind of appearance you choose. You also need to consider the space in your kitchen. Our highly qualified professional consultants can help you choose the perfect tiles for your kitchen floor, backsplash and countertop. For a floor, you should choose larger tiles covering a big surface area. For a backsplash, you need something trendy and innovative. Basically, your needs, requirements, lifestyle and space will determine your choice of kitchen tiles.
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