How To Choose The Right Kitchen Tile

tileChoosing the right kitchen tile can be quite a chore given the amount of variety there is in the market. Also, you need to balance between style and utility and try not to get overwhelmed by the various styles, patterns and colors you see. You have to know your kitchen habits to decide on a kitchen backsplash and floor tile.

There are many things like the material to buy, grout, installation of the tile, etc., to consider. The following points would help you in making a wise choice –

  1. Choosing The Right Material – When you choose the tile for backsplash, it is always wise to opt for glass or ceramic because of the sheer variety of choice and style in the said materials. Also, you need something that is easy to maintain apart from being nice to look at. For the floor, on the other hand, you need something that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. Hence, porcelain is the best choice for floor tiles.


If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated, you could go for the popular natural stone tiles like marble and limestone. However, they are not for the harsh users as their sensitivity to acids and marks are more. You would soon have ugly stained tiles if you don’t get them sealed properly. Be a little careful about the kind of stone you go for and it won’t be as difficult as it sounds.


  1. Choosing The Right Size – Big sized tiles are trending at the moment, but they are preferable not only for the style but also for other reasons. The grout used would be less and so would be the grout joints, not to mention the classy contemporary look they create. Long tiles are preferred for backsplashes and you can go for eccentric and fun shapes as well.


  1. Choosing The Grout – Make sure that the joints are tight so that it is good to look at and also efficient. Usually, the line is one sixteenth of an inch or one eighth of an inch, depending on your tile style. You also need to seal the grout for a finished look. You can also ensure that finished work looks more stylish by choosing the same colored grout as your tiles.


  1. Final Installation – Always get a sample section done before you do a complete work. After you have chosen your tile, grout and all the basic things are finished, you can ask for a sample. Also, installation is the final step and you have to be very careful with it. A bad installation can ruin the prettiest of tile and grout choices. You don’t want your tiles to crack in a few weeks or come out, so be careful.


It is always best to get a quality installer to work on your tiles and take their expert opinion before you make a decision. If you do this properly once, it would last you for many years.

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  1. I always try to choose not glossy tiles because it is easier to clean them. Anyway, thanks for awesome tips!

  2. Great advice for anyone looking to install tile floors. Durability and ease of install is the most important to me. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I like that tip to go with glass or ceramic because of the variety of choice. That way you can find the designs that fit exactly what you want. It’s important to consider when you’re contrasting design elements in your space- that’s a major part of home design.

  4. These are great tips on choosing the right kitchen tile! Choosing the right flooring can make all the difference! Thanks for sharing!

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