Tiles in the kitchen for walls, floors and more
When you are renovating a kitchen from scratch, you will certainly think about tiles at one point or another. The ceramic tiles are very durable and are a common sight in kitchens around the world. The fact is that the area of use is also considerably larger than most people think. We tell you more about how you can use tiles for the kitchen and give you smart tips for the renovation work.
AREAS OF USE FOR TILES IN THE KITCHEN
Using tiles for floors and tiles for walls is a traditional guideline that most people adhere to. The simple explanation behind it is that tiles are significantly more durable tiles and are therefore better suited to the floor than tiles are. However, there is nothing that says you cannot use tiles for the kitchen walls. A clinker tile can vary at least as much as tiles in appearance - with or without glazing, in different colors, patterns, surface textures and sizes. In the kitchen, for example, you can use tiles for:
- The kitchen floor
- Walls and as a splash guard
- The kitchen bench
- Kitchen island
Building ceramics are popular to use for most of these areas of use precisely because they are easy to maintain, durable and durable. Using tiles for the kitchen counter, on the other hand, is not a traditional choice in Swedish homes, but is something we can see some of in other countries.
KITCHEN FLOORS SHOULD BE DURABLE
When choosing a good floor for the kitchen, it is important that you use a material that can withstand wear and tear well. The kitchen is an environment where the surfaces are particularly exposed to dirt, moisture and heat. It is therefore important to be careful in the choice of floor and tiles are then a good alternative from several perspectives. Above all, tiles are suitable for floors in kitchens as the material is very hard-wearing and durable. You probably don't want to renovate your kitchen floor again at regular intervals, and then it's good that tiles have a long life.
If you want to use tiles for the floor, it is therefore smart to choose a neutral tile that does not go out of time. Today there is a lot to choose from with tiles in exciting patterns, colors and shapes that give personal homes to say the least. However, think first and consider how you will feel about the floor in 5, 10 or maybe 15 years from now. If it is a really challenging clinker, perhaps trendy, you can reduce the time even more. It will be boring if you lay a floor that you get tired of shortly after it is in place.
And of course there are alternatives to tiles in the kitchen, but nothing as practical or beautiful if you ask us. What many see as a disadvantage is that tiles can be perceived as cold and hard underfoot. What you can do is to use underfloor heating under the tiles. Tile distributes the heat well and thus gives a pleasant feel to the kitchen floor. Another tip is to lay carpets for a softer surface. A rag rug along a work surface makes cooking more pleasant and is also easy to wash when food splashes get past the stove and counter. Carpets also help to decorate the kitchen the way you want it.
FLOOR HEATING IN THE KITCHEN IS A GREAT LUXURY
Underfloor heating in rooms such as the hall and bathroom has long been a popular option, but it is becoming increasingly common for more floors in the home. In the kitchen, you spend time on everyday cooking, weekend baking and party dinners. Perhaps you also have a dining table in the kitchen and enjoy your meals there. In other words, the kitchen takes an important place in our lives and is perhaps the room where your best and most social hours are spent. Then underfloor heating can be a nice feature that increases comfort in the room.
There are several types of underfloor heating where three common categories are:
- Electric heating in the floor
- Waterborne underfloor heating
- Airborne floor heating
The type of underfloor heating you use depends on the conditions of your home and what function the heat source is to fulfill. A popular option that works in most homes is to put electricity under the floor and as comfort heating. This means that you experience the floor as warm and comfortable, but does not heat up the space.
KITCHEN SPLASH PROTECTION WORKS EXCELLENT WITH TILES
When you think of splashbacks, tiles are usually the first thing that comes to mind, but there are many building materials that are suitable for kitchen walls. It is of course important that the material fits the demanding environment and, like the kitchen floor, the splash guard must withstand dirt, moisture and heat well. There, the ceramic tiles have their clear advantages.
As we mentioned earlier, you can also use tiles for the kitchen walls. The big difference between tiles and clinker is precisely the durability, where clinker is a more durable alternative. For the kitchen walls, however, both options work well and together there is a wide range to choose from. Even the mosaic can be made of tiles and is also a common sight in Swedish kitchens.
The other walls of the kitchen will also be beautiful with tiles. However, if you are going to tile larger areas, it may be good to keep an eye on the costs so that they do not go unnoticed. There are both expensive and cheap clinker. Make sure you choose one with good quality and that you won't tire of over the years.
KITCHEN BENCHES IN TILES ARE A DIFFERENT CHOICE
Using building ceramics for kitchen work surfaces is an unusual sight in Swedish homes. We mainly choose the materials stone, wood or laminate for our kitchen worktops. Tile, on the other hand, is an alternative that works perfectly for the kitchen counter. It will look particularly nice if you use the same plate as for the splash guard.
Remember that joints with grout and silicone are more sensitive to dirt. Joints can be advantageously impregnated when renovating for better durability.
KITCHEN ISLAND WITH TILES IS NICE
Kitchen islands provide extra work space, with or without dining areas, and are a dream that stands tall for many when they want to renovate. They work above all in spacious kitchens where they do not create cramped spaces.
Like the rest of the interior, kitchen islands can consist of different materials, where tiles are an alternative to the bench and walls. Above all, it is beautiful to tile the back side. Feel free to choose a tile in harmony with the rest of the room.