How to Choose Your Bathroom and Kitchen Tiles

23 August 2018
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The kind of tiles you choose for your kitchen or bathroom is of utmost importance because these rooms are subjected to heavy traffic, water usage and dirt/grime. What's more, different areas of both rooms will require different treatment, and yet all these must come together without clashing. This article highlights the different aspects you should consider when tiling these two rooms. Read on to learn more.

The bathroom

If you've just finished your bathroom construction or remodel, determine where the focal point lies. Your main tile print should complement the focal feature by providing a bold backdrop. Once you've selected tiles to complement the wow feature, you'll simply need one or two neutral tiles to complement them.

It is also common to include some accent tiles that work into the theme of your bathroom. Accent tiles can be mounted in a single row, randomly between the other tiles or in a pre-defined pattern. If you want to have both the feature tile wall and accent tiles, it's important to downplay one in favour of the other. Creating too many eye-catchers in a small room can be visually tiring. Both feature and accent tiles should be matched with the same complementary tiles for better cohesion.

Small bathrooms with small windows benefit from glossy, light-coloured tiles which improve light reflectivity in the room. Avoid larger tiles which can make a small bathroom appear even smaller. Be sure that your floor tiles complement the wall tiles, but have a little grip to prevent slips and falls. Finally, avoid tiles with dips/crevices near wet areas (sink or shower), as these are difficult to keep clean and will accumulate unsightly dirt over time. Ensure tiles and grout in wet areas are properly sealed to avoid water damage.

The kitchen

All kitchen tiles must be resilient, as the kitchen is a high-stress zone. There are three areas to consider: floors, splashback zones (space between upper and lower cabinets and above countertops), and the other walls of the kitchen. Tile may also be used in place of wood, marble or granite as a countertop material.

Your floor tiles must have enough grip to walk on without slipping, be easy to clean and be hard to stain. Never use a wall tile on the floor, but you can use floor tiles on walls. Common materials used include cork, vinyl, bamboo (cheaper), ceramic, natural stone and quarry tiles (more expensive), while glossy ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles are commonly used on backsplashes and walls.

Use ceramic tiles for your countertops as they are durable, easy to clean/maintain and can withstand high temperatures. Ask for ceramic with even finishing for best results.

Glossy porcelain or glass tiles are popular as splashbacks above the lower cabinetry. Because your splashback doesn't take much wear (except the area nearest the cooker and sink), you can use the splashback as your accent zone in the kitchen. However, the material should be properly finished and sealed to withstand the constant cleaning, spills and spatters and high heat.