As a heart is to a human body, so is a kitchen to a home. It is the center of living and connects everyone at the home. Since ages, people have spent more on the kitchen interiors than any other space in the house. And just like any other area in the house, tiles play a very important role here as well.
Kitchen floor tiles
As India entered the new millennium, the kitchens opened up, as in, open kitchens became the trend. Hence, most architects preferred to use the same tile in the kitchen as in the living area tile. One house, one tile concept gained momentum. As there are no walls, it looks aesthetically pleasing too.
But slowly people realized that open kitchens are too European and American a concept. The idea didn’t suit the Indian kitchen habits. The noise, aroma and oil stains not just disturbed people sitting across the living, but also caused stains on walls of the rest of the house. Slowly we are moving to separate kitchens with partitions.
Flooring of the kitchen is very important. Using a different color for the kitchen flooring gives it the distinctiveness that it deserves. If you are getting enough sunlight in the kitchen, then opt for a darker shade for the floor and a lighter shade for the wall. This creates a feeling of more space in the kitchen. It is also advisable to use dark colors in the flooring to avoid staining. Generally for ground floors, lighter color floor tiles are recommended while for higher floors darker can be chosen.
The trend now is also to opt for a matt finish tile as it is anti-slippery. However, too rustic a surface is also not suitable as it causes dirt to accumulate.
Using larger sized tiles will result in lesser joints and give a more aesthetic look to the kitchen.
Kitchen wall tiles
- Size: Just like the bathrooms, kitchen tiles too were earlier smaller in size. However, the trend now is for big slabs. The lesser the joints, the more easier it is to clean and maintain. 2 feet * 4 feet is the most used tile size. The space between the kitchen slab and wardrobes is generally 2 feet. So this tile fits in perfectly. However, smaller sized tiles are equally elegant and depend on the tile design and personal choice.
- Design: Pictures of cup saucer, fruits & vegetables etc. on tiles are available aplenty when it comes to kitchen tiles. However, this is an outdated concept and looks too obvious in a kitchen. It also appears monotonous and boring. The trend is to use attractive marble patters. As the countertop is generally dark, wall tile is preferred to be lighter in shade. It also blends in with any color of kitchen cabinets. Small sandwich tiles, which are basically European and Moroccan concept is being extensively used.
- The trend is to use attractive marble patters. As the countertop is generally dark, wall tile is preferred to be lighter in shade. It also blends in with any color of kitchen cabinets. Small sandwich tiles, which are basically European and Moroccan concept is being extensively used.
Innovation and designing: As the kitchen tile volume is very less, designers like to play with the tiles. A number of concepts can be used to add that extra flavor to the kitchen design:
- Adding motifs or highlighter behind the chimney makes the area vibrant and appealing.
- Running a pencil or border across the tile helps break the continuity and adds elements to any simple tile.
- Mosaics too are used. But it is important to make sure a good quality adhesive and epoxy is used with the mosaic.
Kitchen Tiles Design Trends In 2021
Morocan 300*300 mm tiles. With borders. Gives a European touch. And bold look.
Assorted porcelain color tiles. Used with spacers and white grout. Size 8*8 inch.
4*8 inches . Small imported tiles. Also popularly called as subway tiles. Bevelled rounded edges. And laid in brick pattern. Gives a Mediterranean look.
Tiles as a growing kitchen countertop alternative
There are a number of options to choose from for the perfect kitchen countertop. Some of the key aspects to look for are:
- Porosity: In general, natural stones are higher porous materials. Highly porous materials are likely to absorb oil, juices etc. Turmeric and other spices may also seep in through the pores. The pores also increase the likelihood of germs accumulating in them. Granites are natural stones. However, as compared to other natural stones, granites have lesser porosity.Quartz countertops offer a great alternative. They have a stone-like surface, but being an engineered product, the porosity is much lesser. This results in lower staining as well as being more hygienic and resistant to germ, bacteria, and grime. This makes it a zero maintenance product.
- Variety: Granites come in just dark colors and have limited options. Few imported granites are available with glitter and lighting feel. But are too expensive.Quartz also comes in a variety of color and design combinations providing a substantial uplift to the whole aura of the kitchen. It will also have a more uniform and sleek look compared to granite. They come in different thickness and various bright colors. They can be merged and blended as per requirementQuartz is also more flexible as compared to granite making it less likely to chip or crack.
- Other materials: Other product which has gained popularity in kitchen slabs is Corian. These are slabs with bright colors. Which are foldable and can be rounded. They can be used to make kitchen sinks, shelves, and modular kitchen cabinets too. However, the drawback with this product is that they are not scratch free or heat resistant.
Keeping in mind this trend of colorful slabs, tile manufacturers came up with similar full body and color body, glossy and matt slabs. These are specially designed for countertops. They come in various thickness and lengths. This concept is slowly gaining momentum and acceptance with architects as they can be seamlessly laid on the kitchen backsplash instead of tile too.
Choice of the material ultimately boils down to personal preferences. Each product has its own appeal and qualities.