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The Best Tiles for Kitchen Designs

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The best tiles for kitchen designs will depend on the type of look you are creating in your new space as well as the type of qualities you are after in terms of kitchen floor tiles and splashback tiles. Where some projects will benefit from the luxe aesthetic and immense longevity of a lush natural stone floor tile, other designs may lend themselves better to the durability of a porcelain floor tile instead. In this guide, we explore the key factors you need to consider when choosing the best tiles for kitchen projects, from floor finishes to recommended distances between your splashback tiles and your chosen cooktop.

What are the Best Tiles for Kitchen Floors?

A great way to begin choosing good tiles for kitchen use is to start from the ground up! Once you’ve selected your kitchen cabinetry and benchtop colours, have a browse of the available kitchen floor tiles options. It is important to consider colour schemes and textures that will offer a sense of grounding in your colour palette while also complementing the other colours and textures present in the kitchen. Deep sandy tones, lush charcoals, or breezy white tiles are all popular solutions for a modern or contemporary kitchen design scheme while vintage inspired pattern tiles are often a popular choice in more traditional spaces. Each of these different styles will create its own unique look in your new kitchen design scheme, allowing you to experiment with colour and texture to achieve that perfect sense of balance.

Andale Concrete Look tiles_Tiles for Kitchen Designs

Available in two modern tones, the Andale collection offers a realistic representation of natural stone in a durable porcelain material. Porcelain floor tiles will not require sealing and provide a highly resistant surface finish that easily stand up against heat, water, scratching and staining, making them an ideal solution for busy homes.

The material of your selected kitchen floor tile is a crucial element to consider when making your final choice. Natural stone tiles, encaustic tiles and porcelain tiles are often the most popular solutions in the kitchen, with each providing an incredible sense of style as well as incredible longevity.

When making your final choice between tile materials, it is important to consider the level of care and maintenance you will be comfortable with in your new kitchen design scheme. Porcelain tiles are an excellent kitchen flooring solution for those seeking a low maintenance finish. These tiles are well known for being resistant to water, heat, scratching and staining, making them an incredibly durable floor tile solution for the kitchen. Furthermore, porcelain tiles are a non-porous choice meaning that they will not require sealing to maintain. If you are instead looking for a more luxurious solution for this part of the home and you are comfortable with a little more care, natural stone tiles or encaustic tiles will create a grand and sophisticated look. Natural stone tiles are available in an endless selection of luxuriously rich and elegant range of natural occurring colours and patterns, with options to suit any design aesthetic. Encaustic tiles on the other hand, can be sourced in an endless selection of luxe colours and patterns, offering a stunning designer look for vintage inspired spaces as well as modern designs. Although both of these kitchen floor tile options will require sealing, they can each be professionally rejuvenated if needed to bring them back to their original form, a feature that cannot be achieved with porcelain tiles.

Tundra Marble Tiles

The stunning Tundra collection can be used as both a floor and wall tile solution in the kitchen, adding a sophisticated high-end finish that will suit modern and traditional styles spaces alike. These stunning natural stone tiles are available in a selection of stunning tile shapes or formats, allowing you to introduce a sense of texture in your new kitchen design scheme.

No matter what type of tile material you choose for your kitchen floor, it is important to also consider the actual tile’s surface finish. From matte, glossy or textured tiles, there are many options to choose from and unlike commercial spaces, you do have more freedom in your choice of finish when it comes to choosing floor tiles for the home. A tile with a bit of texture on the surface will usually offer more grip underfoot than a smooth, high gloss tile for example. These types of tiles are often very popular in the kitchen as a flooring solution as they can also be a little more forgiving when it comes to disguising a little mess!

Choosing Kitchen Splashback Tiles

Good tiles for kitchen splashback areas are available in an endless variety of luxurious options from elegant 3D tiles to lush glass mosaic tiles and plenty more. Most porcelain, stone or concrete tiles that are can be used as a flooring solution can also be used as a wall tile in the kitchen, allowing you to mirror your floor finish with your splashback to create a unified look. You can instead however, opt to create more of a feature in your kitchen splashback by using more detailed and ornate feature tiles, allowing you the opportunity to mix and match a variety of colours, shapes and textures to create a unique and personal look.

Dolce Pattern Tiles_Tiles for Kitchen Designs

Elegant, charming and colourful, the Dolce collection includes a variety of stunning patterns to choose from that will add a rustic and dynamic look in your new kitchen design scheme.

When choosing kitchen tiles for your splashback it is important to keep certain factors in mind, especially behind your cooktop. If your kitchen includes a gas cooktop for example, there must be a minimum distance of 200mm from your splashback to the nearest gas burner in accordance with Australian Standards. As the heat from a gas cooktop radiates outwards, any vertical surfaces that fall under 200mm away from the burner will heat up to dangerous levels. If you are unable to achieve this minimum distance, a porcelain tile splashback will offer a heat resistant surface finish that is in keeping with the relevant Australian Standards to ensure a fire safe kitchen. Electric and induction cooktops on the other hand, will allow you more flexibility in your options; these cooktops will usually only require a minimum of 50mm from the cooktop’s edge to any vertical surface as the heat coming off them will not radiate as much as a gas top would. With these types of installations, your choice of splashback tile is not as restrictive, offering you more flexibility in your design choices.

From elegant porcelain floor tiles to luxurious kitchen splashback tiles, our Melbourne tiles store houses an endless array of stylish designer tile solutions. Our team is always on hand to offer expert advice and kitchen tiling tips, ensuring a high quality outcome for every project. If you are on the hunt for kitchen tiles in Melbourne, make sure to visit our Richmond showroom to see our latest collections!