Even though the concept of it seems simple, there are a lot of different concepts of kitchen floor tiles.
While you may think that the design for them is simple enough, you would be surprised at how many possibilities exist when it comes to something like the tile scheme of your kitchen floor.
There are a few aspects to kitchen floor tiles. One mistake that people make when selecting floor tiles for the kitchen is only concentrating on one aspect of their kitchen tile scheme while ignoring the rest.
Style or function?
The first thing that needs to be covered is the debate of whether the tiles should look good or be more functional.
It may seem unbelievable, but there is a method to how this kind of thing. Some kitchen tiles, while they look really appealing, could lack in function. They could be difficult to clean, might break easily if something is dropped onto it, or could be difficult to replace.
Some of the more “functional” tiles can look really boring, but can be extremely durable and easy to clean. They are also more than likely cheap to replace.
How frequently do you use your kitchen? Do you have a lot of visitors? How often do you think you’ll need to clean the kitchen floor? These are questions that you should be answering when considering what kind of floor tiles you might need for your kitchen.
What kind of tile material works best?
This is something else that many who want to design the floor of their kitchen overlook. It can be very easy to just stick with ceramic tiles as they are the most comfortable, but there are numerous other possibilities.
But there are other materials that can be used instead of ceramic. Here are a couple.
1. Stone, particularly Marble
When it comes to floor tiles, nothing looks more impressive than marble. Creating sleek sheen, Marble tiles are shiny, smooth, and make a kitchen floor practically glow.
This is the kind of tile that you want if you don’t use the kitchen too much and have lots of visitors. They’ll be blown away by how awesome the marble tile looks.
This is especially true if the tile is a darker color. That’s when things really look nice.
Marble is not functional, however. While it is certainly not “boring” looking, it can be very slippery. This can cause accidents to happen, especially if it encounters fluids.
Can tiles stain? Of course they can, and marble is perhaps the most sensitive to stains. If something is spilled onto marble, clean it immediately.
Marble is actually one of six forms of stone flooring material. When it comes to laying tiles to a kitchen floor, marble can be swapped out for something that is more optimized. We’ll explore that later.
- This kind of material is every bit as common as ceramic, and it it most commonly used for bathroom walls. But it can be used for a kitchen floor as well.
- One example of porcelain being used as a kitchen tile is a mosaic. Using smaller tiles than usual, mosaics can be used to create certain designs on your kitchen floor or backsplash.
- The problem with porcelain mosaics is that the tiles themselves are much smaller than their ceramic counterparts. Unless you really want to display a name or a picture in the form of these mosaics, you’re much better off with plain looking ceramic.
- These two different materials have their good and bad qualities, but can they be optimized for a kitchen floor to where they will make the floor tile appealing as well as functional?
- There in fact is a way to optimize kitchen floor tiles, and it is not as difficult as you think.
3. Optimized floor tiles
Of course, the best floor tiles are the ones that are very functional as well as stylish and appealing.
Whether you want to use ceramic, stone, or porcelain tiles for your kitchen floor, there is a way to select certain tiles from the bases of ceramic and stone that are optimal for any kitchen floor in terms of function and appearance. Here are a few of these tiles.
- This is a tile that is made from stone. Different than marble, sandstone is optimal for kitchen flooring for a couple of reasons.
- First, it has a grainy feel and look to it. This gives it an exotic look and is also durable to where the tile will not shatter if something heavy is dropped on it.
- Sandstone is also available in colors that can either illuminate a kitchen floor or make it look even more exotic. Select red sandstone to give your kitchen a deep, exotic look. If you want your kitchen floor to be a little more noticeable, you can select pink or yellow.
- Ceramic tiles are usually glazed. That’s what makes them available in many colors.
- But if your heart is set on a certain color that is possible with an unglazed ceramic tile, then you should consider quarry tiles.
- Quarry tiles are ceramic tiles that are not glazed. This makes them much more durable and functional than traditional ceramic tiles.
- If something falls on a ceramic tile, the chances of it chipping or breaking are pretty high.
- This is not the case with quarry tiles, which makes them very useful if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
- Combine this with the fact that it is available in more colors than most think, and you have a bona fide “optimized” kitchen tile idea.
The options that surround kitchen floor tiles are vast. You don’t need to just settle for the same old boring (and even risky) ceramic.
There are so many other options. If you want multi floor tile plans that are visually appealing, consider stone tiles. Whether it is sandstone, marble, or any other kind, stone tiles are much more visually appealing than ceramic tiles.
And don’t think ceramic tiles don’t have variations. They do, and quarry tiles are a great example of this. Quarry tiles lack the glaze that ceramic tiles have, which makes them much more durable and still come in similar designs as ceramic tiles.