Kitchen Tile Ideas: Backsplash and Flooring

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Kitchen Tile Ideas: Backsplash and Flooring

If you have decided it’s time for a major style change or a complete kitchen remodel one of the first and most important decisions you will make is what kitchen tile to use. While it’s not the only choice, tile is very durable and available in thousands of colors and patterns for walls, backsplashes, and floors.

Materials

One of the first choices is what the kitchen tile will be made of. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Ceramic

The tile itself is made from clay then kiln-fired to add a glaze. It’s versatile and can be used on walls and backsplashes. Ceramic kitchen tiles can also be used on floors if they have the proper strength rating.

Porcelain

Unlike ceramic, these tiles have color all the way through. It means they are less susceptible to visible surface damage. Porcelain is also frost-resistant so it is a good choice for outdoor kitchen tile.

Terra-cotta

These are clay kitchen tiles but unlike ceramic, they are not glazed. Their natural reddish-brown color is a great choice for casual rustic themes. However, they do need to have a sealant applied periodically after installation.

Glass

Because light passes through the glass as well as bouncing off of it, these kitchen tiles give the surface depth and an airy feeling. Be warned though, you will pay a price as glass is generally the most expensive tile surface.

Stone

kitchen tile can also be cut from natural stone. Marble, granite, and limestone are three popular choices. Just note, stone surfaces need to be sealed to block stains and moisture.

Sizes and Shapes

The choices can seem almost endless, but here is a basic list to get you started:

Square & Rectangle

These are the most common shapes and each comes in multiple sizes. A 4×4 inch square tile is a popular choice but can be as large as 36×36 inch for floor tile. Rectangular tiles are generally 4×6 inch and are often used as an accent or to direct attention to a particular feature in your kitchen renovation.

Mosaics

Tiny 1×1 inch (or even smaller) tiles are called mosaics and usually come attached to a mesh sheet for easy installation.

Mural

Individual kitchen tiles are used to create one large picture. It’s a great way to add your personality and distinctive touch to the kitchen remodel in your Waterford, MI home.

Listellos

This is a fancy name for what’s usually called border kitchen tile. They are generally more ornate and expensive and are used as an accent or transition between different materials.

Get Expert Advice

Remember, size and type of material are just a starting point when it comes to kitchen tile. Styles and colors can change almost yearly. Visit the Kotz Showroom to get expert help from our in-house designer. She will make sure you are getting the latest and hottest styles so your kitchen renovation adds maximum value to your home. We have been serving the people of Waterford, MI and all of Oakland County since 1929.