Tiling can take your kitchen from bland to beautiful, and it’s very durable. Different tiles can work with different styles of kitchens, which we’ll be going over in this article. We’ll also share our favourite types of kitchen tiling with some inspiration for your home!
Continue reading for our favourite styles of kitchens, as well as our top kitchen tiling ideas for backsplashes, countertops, and flooring.
Styles of Kitchens
Your choice of tiles will depend on the style of your kitchen. You wouldn’t see a chrome tile in a Tuscan kitchen, and you wouldn’t see ornate detail in a modern kitchen. Your kitchen will feel cohesive if it has a theme, and you’ll be more inspired to cook in it if you like the way it looks!
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There is an almost infinite number of kitchen styles out there. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be looking at a select few. Read on to learn a bit more about our chosen styles, and then our tile selections.
If you’ve ever lusted after homes in the Italian countryside, a Tuscan kitchen could be for you! They are full of rich shades of brown and red and bring warmth to the heart of the home.
Tuscan kitchens generally feature natural stones like travertine, granite, and marble. The hardware on cabinets is bronze or another dark brushed metal. Many kitchens in this style will have high-end finishes like professional ranges. They can be quite expensive, but if done right, are quite beautiful.
When you think of your ideal kitchen, what comes to mind? If you’re looking for a natural, open space to cook in, a bohemian kitchen might be for you.
Bohemian kitchens are full of reclaimed materials, like old wood or recycled pipes. Sometimes their cabinets are actually made from vintage chests, found at charity shops. For more information on furniture restoration, read this article!
These kitchens are more about the experience of cooking, rather than opulence. They often feature open shelving and plenty of greenery.
Common colours found in a bohemian kitchen are white, brown, and accents of colours. They will often have butcher block counters, with a bright tiled backsplash.
This style can often be mistaken for bohemian, but it is more refined. Monica Gellar’s kitchen on Friends is a good jumping-off point for an eclectic kitchen. It features bright colours, exposed bricks, and mismatched appliances. Yet, it comes off as a cohesive and organised look.
Eclectic kitchens feature whites, woods, and bright colours like turquoise, green, and pink. They often have subway tiles or exposed brick as a backsplash, which adds an edge to the aesthetic.
If you have mismatched furniture and decor, an eclectic style is up your alley. Use your mix of items to personalise your home and make it as unique as you are.
The most distinctive feature of a farmhouse kitchen is an apron sink. They are often referred to as farmhouse sinks, given their popularity. Apron sinks are generally single-basin but are also available in double-basin designs.
Farmhouse kitchens also usually feature shaker-style cabinets, in understated colours. Many kitchens have pastels or dark shades of blues and teals on their cabinets. Adding an element of colour is a great way to add a personal touch to a kitchen.
For hardware, farmhouse kitchens are full of brass, bronze, or brushed nickel hardware. They look lived in and comfortable, with butcher block counters and reclaimed materials. Open shelving is often used in farmhouse kitchens and can be made of recycled materials.
A trend in kitchen design today is shiplap, which is reclaimed wood from barns and sheds. You can also find it in a store, though, if you want to add a vintage charm to your home. Mix shiplap with your kitchen tiling for a great look!
If chrome, glass, and stark colours sound good to you, a modern kitchen is right up your alley. Modern kitchens play host to shiny counters, clean lines, and high-end finishes.
Cabinets in modern kitchens don’t have much detail, and they are often flat, with a glossy finish. Their countertops are also free of detail, with popular materials being quartz or glass. Many counters in modern kitchens have waterfall edges, where the countertop flows to the floor.
6. Mid-Century Modern
This is a popular style for kitchens, and it often draws on Scandinavian design. The cabinets in mid-century modern kitchens are generally grainy wood or white, with flat doors. The hardware is skinny or flat and made of brushed nickel or brass. Cabinets can also be hardware-free, with a simple handle built into the cabinet door.
Countertops in mid-century modern kitchens are simple, made of quartz, stainless steel, or concrete. The backsplashes are often made up of small tiles, bringing attention to the area between the cabinets.
The mid-century modern colour scheme includes bright colours like turquoise, green, and orange.
Kitchen Tiling and Backsplashes
Backsplashes connect the upper cabinets with the countertops and lower cabinets. They bring a finishing touch to your kitchen tiling and can add a splash of colour to an otherwise bland kitchen. Adding a fun backsplash is an easy way to freshen up the look of our kitchen.
If you’re looking to paint above your backsplash, but don’t know where to start, read this article.
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Here are our 11 favourite types of backsplashes for your kitchen:
1. Subway Tiles
Subway tiles are a classic addition to any kitchen. They are one of the most popular types of kitchen tiling, especially for backsplashes.
These tiles get their name from the New York City subway, where they adorned the walls from 1904. Originally, the tiles were ceramic, but now they are available in a variety of materials. You can find subway tiles made of glass, ceramic, or clay.
You can find them in plenty of colours, but the most common are white and black. If you want to add some contrast to the simple tiles, use a grey grout with white tiles or vice versa.
To tie an entire room together, install them from the floor to the ceiling, and you’ll be in subway tile heaven.
2. Glass Tile
You’ll have to keep these tiles clean, as glass collects fingerprints like crazy. Glass tiles can be flat, or with different levels of bevel. Bevelled tiles add dimension to an otherwise flat backsplash.
They’re available in different colours, like white and blue, and shapes, like rectangles or scales. A popular shape is a lantern, which will make any kitchen look fancier. Glass tiles look great and will add a bright touch to every kitchen.
If you love the look of subway tiles but want a bit more design in your kitchen, have rectangular tiles installed in a herringbone pattern. This pattern is often done with high-gloss white or marble tiles. It will make your kitchen look more expensive. Like many options on this list, herringbone tiles work well as an accent above a stove.
Mirror tiles, like any other mirror, will add depth to your kitchen. Given their shiny finish, you’ll have to keep them quite clean, though. If you’re going for a glam look in your kitchen, choose mirror tiles for your backsplash. They go well with pretty much any colour of cabinets, but mostly grey or black.
To add an old-school look to your kitchen, consider antique mirrored tiles. They’ll give your home a stylish vibe, and will mix well with plush furnishings. Think subtle tones of purple and red, with grommets and leather.
5. Metal Tile
For an ultra-modern look, go for metal tiles. They’ll work perfectly with a stainless steel counter and can add an instant edge to a kitchen. Metal tiles will also make a kitchen look more professional, as you would expect to find them in a commercial kitchen.
If you want to add visual interest to your kitchen, consider adding a mosaic tile backsplash. A mosaic can be simple, with small variations of size and colour. They can also be intricate, with images and designs built from tiny tiles.
Bespoke mosaic designs can be quite expensive, given their custom nature. But, they can take your kitchen to the next level with a high-end touch.
7. Painted Tile
Make a plain white tile more exciting by painting on it, carefully! If you want to save money and use a less expensive tile, painting your tiles can completely change the look of your kitchen. You can paint a design on them yourself, or buy tiles that have intricate designs on them already.
Adding a stone tile backsplash to a kitchen will give it a rustic feel, which is great for Tuscan kitchens. Stone backsplashes go well with stone counters, like granite or marble. They also pair well with brown, grey, or white cabinets.
If done well, stone tiles add a high-end finish to a beautiful kitchen. They are a classic touch that can elevate a kitchen. If you have room above your stove, stone tiles look great framed in as an accent.
Keep in mind that stone tiles are difficult to clean if anything gets on them, given their rough edges.
Add an accent of contrasting tiles to your backsplash to give it a bit of pizazz. It’ll draw the eyes to the area between your counters and cabinets, and highlight your design.
A great way accent for your kitchen tiling is a stripe of a different kind of tiles. For example, if your backsplash is subway tiles, add a line of mosaic! You can do it the other way around, too.
Many people use tiles to frame an area around their stove, especially if they have a high-end appliance. If you have a pot-filler above your stove, this will look even better. Do whatever feels right for your space. If you have any doubts, consult an interior designer on Bidvine.
This may not be a tile, but it is still a great backsplash idea. Use chalkboard paint to bring convenience to your kitchen, and write your shopping lists on it! Just make sure to keep it clean and don’t wipe chalk into your food. You wouldn’t want to find chalk dust in your food.
Want to use chalkboard all over your home? Check out this article on its different uses.
Last but not least, grout is crucial to the look and feel of your kitchen. It is the plaster-like material that covers your tiles after they’re installed. A great colour of grout can change the entire look of a basic tile.
Tile countertops are not the most common, but they are still beautiful. There are lots of customisation options available, which makes this one of our favourite kinds of kitchen tiling. Check out our four favourite kitchen tiling ideas for your countertops.
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We don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but Tuscan kitchens and countertops are popular! Tiled countertops in the Tuscan style include lots of rich colours and ornate details. Common colours include brown, red, and beige. Travertine is a popular tile for countertops, as it is durable and ages well.
They often have borders in an accent colour, and the rest of the counter in a different one. A perfect accent on a Tuscan countertop is details like flowers or vines.
You don’t have to stick to neutral colours when you’re designing your kitchen. To inject some energy into your kitchen, consider installing a colourful tiled countertop. It can be monochrome (all the same colour) or multi-coloured, the choice is up to you!
If you want to add some more fun to the counter, used varying sizes of tiles. It can add to a bohemian or beach-themed kitchen. If you’re so inclined, having a mosaic design on an island is an instant conversation starter!
3. Bleed into Backsplash
If you want to create a line from the upper to the lower cabinets, have your countertops bleed into your kitchen’s backsplash. Connect the countertops and the backsplash by using the same tile on both. You can keep the colour the same and change the shape of the tiles, or keep it all the same.
For a clean look, use plain white tiles on the countertop. It’s a more old-fashioned style but can fit in well with any kitchen. It would look great in an eclectic or classic kitchen, just use your creativity. If you’re someone who changes your style a lot, this is a great choice.
Tiles are an ideal flooring choice for kitchens, as they are easy to clean and maintain. If you want to add some warmth to your kitchen tiling, consider installing in-floor heating. That way, you won’t have chilly feet when you make your breakfast in the morning!
Tile flooring is more durable than laminate, vinyl, or wood flooring, which makes it an ideal kitchen flooring choice. These are our three favourite types of tile flooring for your kitchen.
1. Natural Stone
Natural stone has a rough finish, which makes it difficult to clean. It requires a lot of maintenance, given its finish, but ages well.
You can find natural stone tiles in various colours, like beige, brown, grey, and white. It is also available in different shapes. There is a lot of colour variance in natural stone tiles, so don’t pick it if you want a completely uniform look.
Two of our favourite natural stone tiles are travertine and porcelain. Travertine is a natural stone that adds to a Tuscan or rustic kitchen. You can find it in beige or brown, and it can get pricey. Before you install a travertine tile floor, know that it requires regular maintenance.
For a more traditional flooring choice, go for a beige or brown porcelain tile. Like travertine, it adds to a Tuscan or rustic feel, though it is easier to maintain. It is a less expensive alternative to travertine but can look similar. It can even be found in wooden patterns if you want the durability of tile without the look.
Having a mosaic of tiles on your kitchen floor can add a lot of detail and visual interest to the room. It can be expensive, as it is a collection of small tiles laid by hand. A custom design will make your kitchen look high-end, and your friends will be impressed.
Mosaic flooring can be intricate and classic like this:
Or, it can be colourful and beachy like this:
A popular Instagram account, I Have This Thing With Floors, often features mosaic flooring, including the ones above.
3. Penny Tiles
If you want your kitchen to have a vintage or eclectic feel, penny tiles are a perfect choice. They are small circular tiles, shaped like pennies! Like subway tiles, you can find them in white or black, with neutral grout. You can find them in other colours, though, and arrange them in beautiful patterns. Penny tiles are both trendy and timeless, and they can add a vintage vibe to a kitchen. Use penny tiles in patterns or mosaics, depending on the style of your kitchen.
To add some quirk to your kitchen, you can use actual pennies instead of penny tiles. If you have copper in other parts of your kitchen, this is a great way to tie it all together.
We hope you enjoyed our collection of kitchen tiling and styles and wish you the best on your journey to the perfect kitchen. For more kitchen design inspiration, check out this article. We also have a collection of inspiration for your bathroom tiles, so click here for that!
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