When people start thinking about having bespoke kitchens or bathrooms put in to their house, one of the areas that they often overlook is the type of tiles that they will use, both on the floor and the walls. In fact, even if you aren’t looking for a bespoke kitchen, but just looking to give your kitchen a facelift without spending too much money, simply changing the tiles on the floor and walls could instantly give your kitchen a new lease of life.
There are 3 mains types of tiles that are used in around the house, depending on the style of tile that you want, the results that you want to create and the budget that you have available.
Mosaic tiles are not strictly a type of tile, but instead a selection of different colored tiles which are put together to create a pattern or image. The size and colors of the tiles is mixed to create whatever sort of pattern or design you want to create. Mosaic tiles are often quite a lot smaller than standard wall or floor tiles, often being just a couple of centimeters square. Some people use a selection of broken tiles to create a mosaic effect rather than special mosaic tiles.
Ceramic tiles are the most common type of tiles that are used in houses. They are a lot cheaper than some of the natural stores and also not as porous as natural stone either which makes them more resistant to water and stains. The biggest problem with them is that they are a lot easier to scratch than the natural alternatives.
Because ceramic tiles are man-made, you have an unlimited choice of colors, patterns, styles, effects and sizes available to you.
There are many natural stones which are used to create tiles. As these are natural products, they carry a much higher price tag than the ceramic alternatives, which means they are often reserved for bespoke kitchens rather than just for those looking to give the kitchen a facelift.
Natural stone tiles are pretty much the opposite of ceramic tiles. While most of the tiles are not porous which could cause issues with staining, they are normally a lot more resistant to wear and tear which makes them perfect for using as floor tiles. The biggest problem with natural stones is that there is a limited range of color and sizes available.
After spending 15 years designing and styling bespoke kitchens and bathrooms, the author has acquired a vast amount of knowledge and experience. Whether its which tiles look best in a Roman style kitchen or appliances for luxury kitchens, the author will be able to help.