Ideas for Tiling a Kitchen
Before you hire a professional to lay tile in your kitchen, give some thought to tackling it yourself. Kitchen remodeling is growing in popularity among the do-it-yourself types, and installing tile in your home is a project anyone can do with a little guidance.
Tiling a kitchen countertop, backsplash or floor is a do it yourself project that anyone can learn. Selecting the right kitchen tiles or combination of tiles, that will work for you is a matter of budget and maintenance as well as design.
Porcelain and ceramic tile countertops add color and design to your kitchen and are less expensive than a solid piece of stone. If you enjoy the look of granite, but it's not in the budget, you could choose granite tiles and get the look for less. You could also save money by tiling the kitchen yourself. Once you have a good substrate, like plywood, on the surface where you are tiling, spread thinset and press the tiles into it. Larger tiles will need spacers for uniform crevices, but the smaller tiles with a mesh backing are already spaced. When the adhesive dries, grout the tile and add a sealer to protect against moisture and stains.
A backsplash is another name for the visible part of the wall between your kitchen countertop and your upper kitchen cabinets. Tiling for your backsplash can run around the perimeter of your kitchen or on the walls behind the sink and the stove. Your backsplash should complement your countertops and your floor, but it can also be a focal point in your kitchen. Mosaic glass tiles shimmer with translucent color and demand attention as you enter the kitchen. Another backsplash tile that stands out is the subway tile. Whether the rectangular tiles are standard size or small and thin, the pattern is striking. For a more natural look on your kitchen backsplash, consider pebble tiles for their color and texture.
Slate tile floors are a beautiful choice if you enjoy a natural look for your kitchen design. The soft colors of the slate work well as a background for rich hardwood cabinets and complement granite or tile countertops. Design a glass or ceramic mosaic tile backsplash with slate, ceramic, porcelain or marble kitchen floor tiles. Simplicity is a good rule to follow when you consider a design for any tile floor. A busy tile pattern may conflict with your countertops, so keep the overall design of your kitchen in mind as you select the floor. Also think about the level of care your tile floor may require; tiling with travertine or other natural stone may need more attention than you're willing to give.