Sizing tile for your kitchen is not an easy thing to do. Whether you are looking at tile flooring, or tile backsplashes, the important thing is to measure twice and cut once!
Tile floors are an excellent choice for a kitchen because they hold up well, are timeless and classy no matter your style and are usually easy to keep clean. They fit all kinds of styles and can be done on a high end to lower budget. It is also good because unlike super specific design choices, tiling is universally popular, so a clean and classic look will always boost your home value which makes it a good investment.
Some cautions with tile floors are they can be very cold, they can be hard to walk on and dishes can break easily. These problems are handled usually with area rugs and heating can be done in climates where this is needed.
Most types of tiles are stain resistant which is very good in a kitchen. A word of caution on this is that if spills are not wiped up quickly, staining can occur.
Installing tile on your own is tricky because you need a special saw to fit around cabinets and corners and giving the grout a consistent and professional look can be tricky. Make sure before undertaking the project yourself, that you know how to work with the particular brand.
There are snap together tiles that can be bought that are designed to help create a professional look and feel. This is an easier option for the do it yourself person. While you will have some cutting to do, this is a no glue installation and is pretty much hassle free. Usually this is easy to maintain and just needs some routine sweeping and mopping.
Figuring out the size of tile is important because it will affect the overall style of your kitchen. First of all consider how big the room is when choosing how big the tile is that you will use. Many standard tiles are as small as ? inch and can go up to 24 inches on one side.
Sometimes a smaller kitchen can work better with larger tiles. Doing a layout on paper can help you with figuring out which look will be best. Take the measurements of your room and lay it out on graph paper. Make every square on the graph paper equal two inches on the actual floor and then sketch in tiles of various sizes to scale. Don’t use tiles that are so large that you will need to do awkward cutting around the edges of the room.
Kitchen islands, built in appliances and cabinets all affect the way the floor tile works and will need to be worked around. Large format tiles may look good in the wider open spaces but may not look as good in the nooks and crannies of the room.
Additional things to consider is that not all tiles look good in or are even available in, all sizes. Some are made of stone, some porcelain and others are more modern or sleek. Depending on the style of your house, or the look you are going for, you may want to consider more rustic or farmhouse, or traditional styles for your kitchen and foyer – possibly as small as rectangular 4 by 8 inch tiles. Consider the size and layout of the room so you can decide on size.
In summary the points to consider for sizing tile for your kitchen are your style, the look and feel of the house, the size of the room, the type of material you like and what sizes that comes in, the ease of installation, the ease of cleaning and maintenance and finally the budget you have set out.
Once all of these factors have been taken into account, sizing tile for your kitchen will be an easy task!
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Written By: Bob Jenkins
Budget My Build
P.O. Box 72987
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Office: (602) 579-9660
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