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Kitchen Tiles – Everything You Need to Know

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Kitchens, over the time, have evolved from a space meant just for cooking. As opposed to a traditional closed kitchen, the concept of an open-plan kitchen allows the space to be both, a functional and a social area. Thus, a kitchen’s tiling requirements deserve special attention.

This is where we come in to help you get the basics of kitchen tiles right, with some time-tested tips:

Material

For more reasons than one, ceramic tiles are a clear winner among homeowners when it comes to kitchen flooring. Their ability to withstand high humidity makes them a fail-safe choice for a moisture-prone area like kitchen.

Available in a vast array of finishes and designs, you can also create a unique look with tiles that resemble hardwoods and natural stones. When grouted and sealed well, ceramic tiles can resist the harshest of spills and last you a lifetime.

Vitrified tiles slightly differ in its composition. In addition to clay, vitrified tiles contain elements like silica, quartz and feldspar. The process of vitrification creates very low tile porosity, giving them a low water absorption rate. Being stain and scratch resistant, vitrified tiles are well-equipped to deal with the ever so inevitable cooking spillages.

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Finish

When it comes to deciding on a finish, there are some practical pros and cons to be considered. Matte tiles lend themselves really well to kitchen flooring.  Along with providing optimum traction, they bring a rustic, natural look to the floor. Glossy tiles on the other hand, are not ideal for kitchen flooring because of their slippery surface. Instead, they are a popular choice for kitchen walls and countertops thanks to their light-reflecting properties and easy to clean texture.

Pattern

Patterns define the character of any space and with a range of available patterns like herringbone, honeycomb and checkered, to name a few – you can turn your kitchen into the prettiest room of your home. However, it’s wise to restrict pattern to one surface, either the floor or the wall. This way you create one focal point and avoid visual clutter. If you have an open-plan kitchen, with no concrete divisions between your kitchen, dining and living areas, it makes sense to have the same flooring pattern running throughout. In addition to lending cohesion, this will make the space look larger.

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