Kitchen Tiles - How to choose the right one

Chris Gilmour

Choosing kitchen floor tiles is not something you have to do very often but suddenly when you’re renovating, you have to become a kitchen tile expert… and quickly.

There are almost endless options when it comes to kitchen tiling.

Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you get started.

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Picking the right tile for the space ensures you achieve the right look and feel of the room. Picture: Getty

What’s your budget?

If you’re working to a tighter budget for your renovation, consider concrete tiles first as they can be a cheaper option.

If you have a bit more budget to play with – or concrete isn’t really your style – you could consider porcelain or even natural stone tiles.

Natural stone tiles are extremely hard wearing and will last for decades, as will porcelain tiles.

Ceramic tiles are not a great flooring option as they’re not hard enough to withstand the weight of people – best to leave ceramic tiles for your kitchen walls.

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Deciding on a tile means taking cost, space, use and colour into consideration. Picture: Getty

They say this is one of the biggest mistakes people can make with kitchen tiling. “Ceramic tiles are more cost effective so people tend to want to use them on the floor but you need something harder, like porcelain, under your feet.”

Where do you live?

Think about the way you use your kitchen during each season throughout the year before making your final decision.

Will kids be running across it with wet feet from the pool in summer?

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Installing tiles with a bit of grip might save your kids from nasty falls. Picture: Getty

If so you might want to consider purchasing tiles with a safer gripped surface.

Where are the tiles going in the kitchen? 

Depending on what renovations you’re doing, you may need several different kinds of tiling for your kitchen. We recommend glass panels instead of tiles for a splash back, because less grout means a far easier daily cleaning job.

Tiling is also becoming trendy for counter-tops so make sure you don’t discount that as an option, although do avoid complicated mosaic designs with tiny tiles as they can be difficult to clean and maintain.

How do I take care of it?

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How do you keep your kitchen floor tiles in tip top shape? Picture: Getty

They recommend choosing larger tiles for the kitchen floor and using the least amount of grout possible around stoves. “Grout near cooking areas stains really easily and it’s hard to keep clean."

“Use less grout by choosing bigger tiles or request an epoxy grout around the stove which is easy to keep clean with vinegar and water.” They also advises against using hard chemicals on grout as it can discolour it.

source:realestate.com.au