Kitchen wall tiles are essential in most kitchens as they help to protect your walls from cooking splashes and spills but they also brighten up your kitchen and can pull the whole room together. Learn more about kitchen tiles and how to choose them with this guide. Take a look at this tiling link to help you get the job done.
Budgeting for Kitchen Tiles
Luckily, there are some fantastic budget buys to be found – DIY stores stock a huge range of kitchen tiles, many of which can look expensive when fitted provided you choose them with care. Glass and ceramic always look expensive but can often be found for very reasonable prices. You can spend a lot of money on tiles, too, particularly if they are handmade. What you spend really depends on what you can afford.
Modern kitchens are often complimented by bold, graphic colours and tiles in more unusual shapes and materials. “Brick” tiles are always stylish in a contemporary kitchen, but graphite and stainless steel tiles will also look good.
In traditional kitchens, earthy tones and traditional shapes tend to look best. Look for rich creams, olive greens and deep reds. Stick to more traditional materials, too, like ceramic.
Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tiles
- Ceramic tiles are incredibly hard-wearing and water resistant, and this means that they’re a very popular choice. They’re made from clay and then set and fired at extremely high temperatures, making them extra durable.
- They’re also available in a huge range of effects and styles, including glazes, textured finishes and various prints and colours.
- The only downside is that ceramic tiles can be expensive, particularly if you choose a very bespoke finish or pattern.
Pros and Cons of Porcelain Tiles
- Porcelain tiles are a great budget alternative to natural stone tiles. They’re strong, easy to maintain and very durable. They’re also available in glazed and unglazed finishes.
- Tiles that are unglazed will be cheaper, but they do need to be sealed both before and after grouting, which means that they require more work. If you’re on a tight schedule, glazed porcelain is the easier option.
Pros and Cons of Glass Tiles
- Strong, durable and very architectural, glass tiles are fast becoming a favourite of designers. They’re also not as expensive as you might think and can provide a seamless, smooth finish that isn’t too obtrusive.
- Glass tiles are also available in a huge range of colours and textures, as well as shapes and sizes. “Brick” tiles are very popular, but you can also find mosaic glass sheet tiles as well as small, regular-sized glass tiles.
- The downside with glass tiles is that they can smear very easily – which can be frustrating when it comes to cleaning them.