Choosing to re-tile your kitchen can be a great way to inject a bit of life into it, but it’s also a bit of a balancing act as you don’t want to do anything that could put off any potential future buyers.
Many people often relegate their tiling to a bit of an afterthought after they’ve shelled out on other expensive kitchen features and appliances, but they’re such a crucial part to the overall feel of the room!
Not only do they contribute aesthetically, but tiles are also a practical feature of the kitchen, so they’re definitely worth taking a couple of minutes to consider.
Alongside offering a great range of cheap kitchen tiles, here are our ten top tips when it comes to choosing tiles for your kitchen.
Play it safe with patterned tiles
Sometimes people can be reluctant to opt for patterned tiles in their kitchen at the risk of coming across a little too overbearing, but there are some styles which are timeless and work well in almost any kitchen.
Moroccan and Moorish tiles are classic styles which will look equally as good in a contemporary kitchen to a traditional one.
Don’t combine a patterned floor and wall
If you do choose to go for patterned tiles, we’d definitely advise picking either one of the floor or walls and not both.
If you really do want to incorporate your floor pattern on the wall, consider using a border to bring everything together without going overboard.
Less can be more
It’s always good to keep an eye on the scale of your room and remember that a lot of time, less is more when it comes to tiles.
This is why it’s always a good idea to avoid styles which are too loud or busy as they can make the kitchen look a lot smaller than it is, which isn’t ideal when a lot are fairly cramped to begin with!
If in doubt, pick blues and whites
Picking the colour for your tiles can be one of the trickier decisions that you have to make, so if you find yourself struggling to decide, the safe bet is to go for blue and white patterns.
They’re classic and timeless and give your kitchen a light and fresh feel.
Create your own pattern with shaped tiles
If you’re worried about using patterned tiles but still want to give your kitchen some character, consider using shaped tiles to create a subtle but attractive pattern.
Consider using hexagonal or other unorthodox shaped tiles or perhaps using standard metro-style tiles in a bit more of an unusual pattern, like in this post from Apartment Therapy.
Use more ornate tiles for your splashback
If you’ve really fallen in love with some more ornate and bold tiles but are a bit wary about using them, consider using them to create a splashback instead of tiling the whole kitchen with them.
This means that you can still work in those vibrant tiles that you love, without putting off prospective buyers too much!
Always consider where the tile will go
It’s important that you don’t just rush in and pick a tile that you love before even considering how it’s going to be used.
Function must always come first, so make sure to think whether you want to use it for the walls, the floor, a splashback or even as a countertop material.
Choose durable floor tiles
The most important thing to think about when choosing floor tiles is how durable they’re going to be.
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house and it’s going to have to withstand some heavy traffic, possibly from pets as well as humans, as well as the odd spillage here and there.
If you choose tiles which are more suited for walls, you’ll soon realise that it’ll be too slippery to walk on, so opt for something with more texture such as natural stone.
Put budget first
While it can be easy to get carried away with all the beautiful tiles that are out there, it’s important to always have your budget at front of mind.
Kitchen tiling doesn’t have to be expensive, and there are options available whatever budget you set for yourself, but just make sure that you can afford something before you fall in love with it!
Know the functions of different tiles
You might be surprised at just how many different tile materials there are out there, but it’s important to know that each one serves a specific purpose.
For example, while ceramic is best used on walls, you might want to look into alternatives such as vinyl, cork and bamboo for flooring, or perhaps glass tiles for a backsplash.
For further tips and advice when it comes to tiling make sure to keep checking our blog here at Tile Yard Sale.