Must-Know Tips for Buying the Right Floor Tiles for Your Kitchen

Posted on: 5 April 2017

Why is the kitchen such a hard place to deal with when it comes to flooring? Well, it's certainly one of the busiest rooms in the house with lots of cooking, cleaning and moving around. For this reason, it must be able to handle all the rumble and tumble while standing out aesthetically. Going for tiles on the kitchen floor is a splendid idea for attaining both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Here are some of the things you must have at your fingertips when choosing floor tiles for your kitchen:

What Colour Are You Going For?

For a kitchen, colour has a functional and aesthetic perspective to it. You need to look at your walls, cabinets and other fittings before buying the tiles so that you can match their colour to the overall hue in the kitchen. If your walls and fittings are plain, the floor is a good part of creating some de-emphasis by going for patterned tiles. On the other hand, patterned fittings and wallpapers in the kitchen will work well with plain coloured tiles to avoid a clashing effect.

As much as your kitchen is a decorative area, it is also a busy working room. People come in to access the refrigerator, microwave and other refreshments. Going for warm, earthy colours like gunmetal grey or brown makes it easy to hide stains and give the kitchen a clean appearance for longer periods.

What Tile Type Are You Going For?

When cooking, it is common to see the walls get steamy because of the heat in the kitchen. Additionally, water often finds its way to the kitchen floor in the course of all those chores. With this in mind, what makes tile type such an elemental consideration? Well, you need to go for non-slip tiles that will not lead to accidents whenever water spills onto them. They should also have low porosity and good resistance to abrasion by chemicals. Porcelain and some types of natural stone tiles are the ones that meet all the criteria above.

What Texture Works Best?

Texture refers to the overall feel on the surface of the tile. Glossy textures have a smooth, shiny finish that appeals to the eye, but it gets slippery quite fast. It's not the go-to texture for kitchen applications. Instead, you should look for textured tiles and matte finishes. They will not get slippery even if your kitchens stays steamy for long periods.

Talk to your builder for more information on ideal flooring options for your kitchen.