They can significantly change the look and feel of the whole house for you and anyone else that goes in. Tiles can alter the ambience of any room more than most people think.
More importantly for many homeowners, tiles tend to last a very long time with reasonable care and maintenance. They are also easy to repair. If one tile gets a crack or other damage, have to replace one tile rather than the whole floor. We generally recommend our clients to keep a few extra tiles handy for that eventuality.
Fortunately, tiles are quite easy on the pocket, especially if you want natural stone. Tiles are more affordable than slabs. You can really play with it to create a unique look to your kitchen or bathroom. There are so many different types of tiles create a headache for you deciding on just the right ones. Most tiles come in standard sizes and configurations, but you can have them customized if you want.
Some expert recommend consulting an interior designer, but that can cost hundreds of dollars. You can just as easily use our free kitchen or bathroom visualizer tool to see what material, design, and style of tiles will go well with your current design, or to help you find a winning combination if you are thinking of a complete remodel. If you want a snazzier look than just one uniform pattern, our in-house designers can help you with that as well with our no-obligation free 3D design service.
Decorate your kitchen or bath with tile
Tile floors, walls, and backsplashes are essentially functional features of the kitchen and bathroom, but you can easily incorporate your personal style and taste into it as well. You can pretty much do anything design-wise with your kitchen and bathroom tiles by playing around with the various materials, colors, textures, and configurations.
If you are design-challenged, however, and want it simple, choosing a single color can also work to serve as the canvas for other design elements in the room. Most people like neutral colors or a crisp white for their bathroom tiles because they look fresh and clean, and for smaller bathrooms, it can make it look bigger. You can always insert accent tiles into your clean design to keep it from looking too plain and utilitarian. For example, a blue accent running along the borders of the bathroom floors and walls gives your bathroom a more relaxing ambiance.
When it comes to kitchen tiles, the same principles apple. However, there is much more going on in the kitchen than the bathroom, so you will probably want some expert advice when choosing your tiles.
As a rule of thumb when choosing the right-sized tiles for your kitchen or bathroom, you need to make it proportional. A small kitchen or bathroom will look better with smaller tiles because larger tiles tend to make them look even smaller. Other than that, it’s pretty much carte blanche.
Variety of colors and styles to choose from
Tiles have been used for centuries for kitchens and bathrooms. The colors and styles have evolved to reflect all types of designs, however, from traditional to contemporary. The variety is virtually endless, limited only by your personal preferences and budget. Check out our tile gallery to give you some idea of the options available to you.
Types of tile (granite, marble, travertine, onyx, porcelain, glass)
In most cases, homeowners prefer porcelain tiles for bathrooms and kitchen because they are stain-resistant, affordable, and available in a wide variety of designs and colors. You can choose non-slip textures for floors and polished ones for walls and backsplashes. Other materials that make very good tiles for kitchens and bathrooms include:
Each type has unique features that make them ideal for kitchen and bathroom use. Granite is quite beautiful, and this light-colored durable stone makes a statement every time.
Marble is porous, so it requires sealing for heavily used areas. However, its elegant look and mellow patina makes up for the extra TLC required to keep it pristine.
Travertine is a type of limestone and comes in a wide range of colors, making it a favorite natural stone for both indoors and outdoors. Though not as durable as granite, it wears well provided it is properly sealed. Travertine has concentric or fibrous patterns in white, ivory, cream, beige, tan, and earth colors as well as shades of dark brown, gold, and red.
Onyx is a form of quartz identical to agate, except it has parallel bands instead of curved bands associated with agate stone. Onyx tiles have a distinctive translucent quality and they are available in a wide variety of soft and opulent colors. If you want a distinctive look to your kitchen and bathroom tiles, and you don’t mind a little more maintenance, then you should consider onyx tiles.
Glass tiles are a great way to bring more light into the room naturally because of its reflective quality. Glass can be clear or opaque, shiny or matte finish, depending on the customer’s preferences It is also quite affordable and versatile, it looks good any way it is used.
Tiles are a natural choice for kitchen and bathroom floors because it is durable, resistant to water and stains, and come in a wide variety of types, colors, and designs. No matter what your budget, there is sure to be a tile you can afford for your new kitchen floor.
The most popular type of tile floors are porcelain and stone. Porcelain is the tougher version of ceramic tiles because of the sand mixed in with the clay. Porcelain comes in glazed and unglazed versions, and unglazed porcelain is a better choice for floor tiles because it has a non-slip surface and wear and scratches are not as apparent.
Stone tiles are equally popular for floors, but you should be prepared for a heftier price tag. However, since stone tiles usually last for many years and increase the value of the home significantly, the investment is usually seen as well worth it.
Some homeowners prefer slabs for their backsplash of the same material of their countertops, and that’s fine. However, backsplashes for the kitchen and bathroom are an opportunity to put in unique touches to the room without sacrificing function, and you can achieve the most creative results with tiles. Tiles come in many sizes and shapes, which lends itself to innumerable color combinations and configurations, from granite to glass. Have fun with backsplashes using tiles!
Tile bathroom walls
Tiles for walls are most common in bathrooms because they are constantly exposed to moisture. It is a good thing, too, because bathroom walls can serve as the canvas for works of tile art. Just like backsplashes, bathroom walls are a great way to express your personal style and tastes.
Check the Badger Granite tile selection for use in the bathroom and kitchen. You will be amazed at how tiles can change the look and feel of the most utilized rooms in the home!