All you want to know about Kitchen Tiles

Kitchen Design & Decor Dated:  March 14, 2016
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Kitchen, although part of a house (infact, the heart of the house), is completely different in terms of the work that goes on, the traffic that it has and the way in which it is used. You don’t not want to let go the style and taste you have carried throughout and at the same time are confused with which kind of the tile to go with. Do not despair. You are not alone. Here, in this article, we would like to share our knowledge about tiles. Hope you will be able to zero in on the perfect tile for your kitchen.

Know your kitchen

A kitchen as mentioned above, can be different from the rest house. You may or may not have tiny kids at home who keep hopping in and out the kitchen. You may be the one who love cooking or do it occasionally. In short, tiles should be selected according to the traffic you except in your kitchen. You can afford to go for glossy and smooth tiles for the floors if it is to be visited occasionally and is not likely to get wet much.

Go with the area

In a kitchen, floor is just a portion that is tiled. Apart from floors, you got to do the backsplash, walls around the cabinets and counter tops. It will be a mistake to not consider the different demands these areas may pose.

Backsplash, that is the area behind the stove, can afford to go with the glass tiles or the glossy and painted tiles as they are not in direct contact on any thing harsh or sharp.

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For counter tops, stone tiles (marble, slate or granite) are usually preferred that gives a clean look.
Ceramic tiles are also a rage for counter tops. These can be called durable as they can withstand heat and harsh handling.

As far as the floor is concerned, there are constraints that keep us confused. The tile selected should stand up for the traffic, should be unaffected by spilled food and cleaning solutions.

PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) rating can help you out with selecting the right tile which categories tiles into five classes (class 1 to class 5) in terms of the amount of traffic it can tolerate.

Many like to go for natural stone for the flooring, but the high maintenance they demand pull us back. Sealing can be a partial solution that covers the tiles and the grouts with a liquid glass that enhances the look and keeps the floor safe from tough stains.

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Size Matters

Whether your kitchen is a tiny one or a giant one, large oversized tiles are the ‘in’ things. These not only makes the space look larger and airy but also makes lesser grouts that often diminish the look of the tiles.

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Put them to test

Experts suggest to go for a test drive with the tiles selected, especially the one for the backsplash which largely goes with our style and personality. Place a piece or two on the counter throughout the day. With varying natural and artificial light available, you can decide whether to settle for it or not.

Affordability

This, needless to say, will be the first factor we look at. Set a budget first before going for tile shopping and ask the salesman to show only those ones which will fit in your budget.

Hope these tips were helpful. Happy shopping !!

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