Tips on Choosing Kitchen Tiles
The beauty of employing tiles for kitchen backsplashes and floors is the array of materials, sizes and colors you have to choose from. The recently published Kitchen Tile Shopping Guide by Elle Decor has great advice from tile experts on how and what to choose for your kitchen design. Here is what product development portfolio director at Ann Sacks DeeDee Gundberg, kitchen designer Ellen Cheever and senior vice president of design at Waterworks Barbara Sallick are saying about what is practical and what is popular in kitchen tile materials and sizes.
Materials . . .
- When it comes to backsplashes, ceramic and glass are ideal because of their easy-to-clean character and the variety of colors available.
- For floors, experts are saying to go with porcelain for its low maintenance and less-grout large format.
- If you are willing to keep up with a higher maintenance material, high-end natural stone makes for a stunning kitchen floor especially bluestone or Carrara marble.
- To get the natural stone look without the price and high maintenance, consider stone-styled ceramic tiles.
- Popular for flooring in contemporary-styled kitchens right now are oversized rectangular tiles as large as 13″ x 36″ and 17″ x 27″ because of the fewer grout lines and dramatic appearance.
- For backsplashes, these experts are seeing long, skinny tiles or other unconventional shapes that stray away from the standard 12″ by 12″.
- Add a modern appeal by playing with the direction and orientation of unpredictable shapes for the backsplash.