Designing a small kitchen? Getting the right tile-size, whether for walls or floors, will have a big impact on making your small space feel bigger and brighter. But from the thousands of different styles, colours and designs on the market, where to start to choose the best kitchen tiles that suit and enhance your space? Kitchen Wall Tiles Johannesburg
We’ve put together some tips to help you find floor and wall tiles that suit your kitchen and enhance the sense of space.
- WHAT SIZE OF TILE SHOULD YOU USE IN A SMALL KITCHEN? – Tile size shouldn’t be determined by kitchen size, despite what you may hear. A small kitchen can actually benefit from a large tile. With fewer grout lines the walls and floor are less cluttered and the room visually expanded. Using smaller tiles, such as mosaics, will offer you lots of grout lines that can give a grid-like appearance to the kitchen walls that can promote the feeling of boxed in – making your kitchen feel smaller still.
- TRICKS WITH TILES TO MAKE A SMALL KITCHEN LOOK BIGGER – It’s a well-known rule that using lighter colours will help a small room look bigger, so apply that to your kitchen, too. Choosing lighter colours, such as white or cream, for your kitchen tiles will help reflect more light than darker colours would. Another trick is to use glossy, metallic or mother-of-pearl finish tiles to enhance space by reflecting light, giving a feeling of greater proportions. Nevertheless, don’t shy away from dark colours — a darker tile can be used effectively to add a sense of depth to space.
- WHERE TO TILE IN A KITCHEN – A small kitchen can feel unwelcoming if it’s tiled from floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall but, to enhance the feeling of space in the room, you need to aim for as much decorative flow as possible. In other words, if the placement of the fixtures and fittings means that there will only be small gaps of painted wall between, say, a hob splashback and one for a kitchen sink, it is better to tile across the length of the wall and limit changes in tiling levels than to interrupt tiling.
- CHOOSE THE RIGHT TILE MATERIALS – Ceramic and porcelain tiles are usually a more affordable manmade option, and there is huge scope in the range of finishes available. From those that mimic stone and even wood to bright colours, decorative patterns, high glosses and raised prints. Mosaics, in stone, glass or ceramic, look beautiful over smaller areas, such as behind the basin, and give a sense of having been meticulously laid. They are also available in sheets for easy installation.