Upgrading your kitchen can be one of the most effective, and most satisfying ways to change the look and feel of your home. However, to get it just right, there are a number of different considerations that you’ll want to take into account. For example, it’s important to know how to measure your kitchen doors if you’re planning to go down the ‘made to measure’ route, and kitchen lighting can also play a massive role in achieving the desired results. But perhaps one of the biggest considerations of all is the tiling in your kitchen.
Tiles are one of the most popular options for kitchens today, especially as many materials have a simple, wipe-clean nature. This makes them excellent for spaces where splashes and spillages are common. The continuing popularity of tiles for the kitchen means there’s more choice than ever before. While your design will depend on the sort of look you’re hoping to achieve, it will also depend on the space that you’re working with.
Here are 5 top tiling ideas for a selection of different kitchen spaces.
For cosy kitchens
A small space doesn’t have to mean a small kitchen. In fact, one of the smartest tricks in the book is to use strategic tiling ideas to create the illusion of a more spacious environment. Tiles that feature hints of light-reflecting gold, silver, and copper were noted as a major tile trend at Cevisama 2020 – the international fair for ceramic tiles held in Valencia. These can help give the appearance of a larger area.
For bold kitchens
If you’ve opted for fresh, crisp white kitchen doors, you’ve given yourself a great opportunity to get creative, and utilise some of the bolder and more creative tiling ideas floating around. White doors go with anything, so you can incorporate heavily patterned tiles and vibrant colours into your new design. Alternatively, use a contrasting shade of grout which gives a more subtle pop of eye-catching colour.
For on-trend kitchens
While metro tiles – also known as subway tiles – have been around since the early 1900s. More recently they’ve experienced a huge comeback, and are considered to be one of the most on-trend tiling ideas today. Try out some different layouts, such as placing the tiles in line with each other, or offsetting them to create a more traditional brickwork pattern.
For intricate kitchens
For a tiling idea with a difference, try mosaics. These are sheets consisting of small, individual tiles. They’re quick and easy to lay, but give the impression of highly intricate and time-consuming design work. This tiling idea works best in more traditional kitchens where the design is very elaborate and eye-catching. The style works particularly well with classic wood finish kitchen doors and units.
For versatile kitchens
It’s clear that the kitchen space has evolved from a place of cooking to a place of socialising, of family bonding, and more. That’s why there’s a growing trend for homeowners to segment their kitchen spaces through the use of different tiling ideas. This could be different colours of tiles in different areas (two-toned kitchens are one of Ideal Homes’ top kitchen trends for 2020), different textures, or sizes.