cool kitchen tile ideas

Plain or patterned? Colour or monochrome? Shaped or straight? Let our selection of kitchen tile ideas be your guide.

The choice of tiles is greater than ever but there are some key trends afoot that can help you in the decision making process. Metro tiles in black, white or even a smart colour are a simple staple in modern kitchens, providing an urban, industrial edge that doesn’t seem to date.

It helps that grouting is available in a plethora of shades that can be contrasted or coordinated to match your tiles. Dark grey or black grout between white metro tiles gives a completely different look to regular white grout, with the former offering stand out style and the latter, seamless simplicity.

If you’re going for coloured metro tiles, it’s possible to buy grout in a shade to match, which offers a cleaner look. Take a look at the beautiful green tiled splashback ahead and you’ll see what we mean.

Encaustic cement tiles are another huge trend, and there are a number of surface styles to choose from. Many take their influence from the Moorish patterns seen in Southern Europe and North Africa, while others are reminiscent of those seen in Victorian hallways. There’s also a new breed of cement tiles from companies such Bert & May or Otto Tiles with stylish stripes or geometric shapes in modern hues.

See more encaustic tiles here.

Irregular shaped tiles are a thing too – with fish scale tiles a key look that provides wall protecting qualities with a softer edge.

Before you decide on the tiles you’d like, consider whereabouts you’d like your tiles to go, as it may have a bearing on what you choose. Going for a small area like a splashback or an alcove behind an oven or sink? Then why not choose something bold in both colour and pattern such as the beautiful Moroccan tiles, or the fishscale tiles below? It may mean you can splash out on some hand made beauties at the top end rather than compromise on something less expensive for a larger area.

That said, inexpensive plain tiles look anything but basic when covering an entire wall. We’re rather taken with how effective they look.

See metro tiled bathrooms too.

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