Tile for the kitchen on the apron and for the floor

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Tiles for the design of the kitchen – the most popular material today. You can limit yourself only with an apron for the working area, and you can lay out the walls, the floor and even the ceiling! Photos of how the tile looks in the interior of the kitchen (including the floor) can be viewed below.

What you need to know when buying tiles for the kitchen?

One of the advantages of using tiles in the kitchen – the long term of its use. Tile (from which it was not made) is many times stronger than many other materials for decorating walls and floors. However, this can also become a significant drawback, because if a tile disarms in a couple of years, changing it will be much more problematic and more expensive than, for example, re-sticking wallpaper.

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So, let’s designate the basic principles of buying tiles for the kitchen:

1. The tile should be chosen only after you have created a project for the future interior or at least a complete idea of ​​what kind of result you expect to see in the end. If the kitchen set is already available (and you do not plan to update it), then the tile must necessarily be combined with it. The tile may be contrasting, it may be in the tone of the furniture in the kitchen , it may be the same color, but a few shades are darker or lighter – it all depends solely on your taste. Particular attention should be paid to the combination of countertops with tiles.

Modern computer technologies even allow the novice to create two-dimensional collages or full-fledged three-dimensional models of the repaired space. It is advisable to create collages from real photos of those items that you plan to place in your kitchen. This will allow you to visually, and not with the help of imagination, assess how it will all fit and harmonize with each other. But be sure to remember that the accuracy of the transfer of shades depends on the monitor settings of your personal computer.

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2. Never buy tiles up to a piece! We are categorically against the waste of money on the acquisition and storage space for kilograms of tile, which is a dead weight somewhere in the closet and will only interfere. However, buying a tile “meter to meter” is also not worth it. No one is immune from force majeure. The wall tile may crack during installation or be improperly trimmed, something heavy may fall down, causing floor tiles to crack, or maybe wiring or a floor heating system will need to be disassembled – many options. And the almost insignificant chance that you will be able to buy exactly the same tile as it was. Even if it is from the catalog – another batch of production may differ in shade or size by a few millimeters, which is very sharp will be evident. Therefore, it is necessary to purchase tiles with a small margin. Experts recommend counting this stock as 10-15% of the total.

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3. On the websites of many online stores of building and finishing materials one can find such an additional service as “calculating the required number of tiles for repair”. Why not trust the professionals? However, as popular wisdom says, trust, but check: it is possible that the number of tiles can be calculated with a large margin, which in the end you do not need. Moreover, extremely rarely such services are accompanied by special agreements and are only advisory in nature. Therefore, the online store has every right not to take the extra boxes with tiles and any claims on your part.

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4. Returning a tile (not even to an online store, but an ordinary one) is a delicate matter. Since this is a finishing material that is sold on meters, even with the integrity of the packaging, the store can legally refuse to accept it. The exception is the decorative tiles and borders / friezes (which you can use to decorate the apron), if they are sold one at a time. That is why, if you are not confident in your calculations, you should discuss the possibility of returning tiles with the store manager in advance.

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5. The entire tile must be carefully inspected. Even the fact that the packaging may look whole and intact does not guarantee the absence of defective, broken tiles or tiles with chips inside. Therefore, be sure before you take the tile, do not hesitate to check it out completely.

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6. Never buy a tile of the first eye size! Even if you like the picture, the choice of tile size should be approached especially carefully. The fact that a large tile will look bad in a small kitchen , and small mosaic visually narrows the space on the Internet, a lot has been written. But that’s not the point. Because of the wrong size (especially if the tile is chosen for the apron), the tile will have to be cut, because of which the picture will look very “not very”, and a lot of the tile will just be thrown into the garbage, and you will spend a lot of nerves on this process. lot. Of course, you can adjust the placement of the tile with the help of the width of the joints, but it is better to calculate with the help of a roulette which size of the tile for the floor and walls is ideal, without additional undercuts and other things.

In the shops of building and finishing materials there are special crosses for laying tiles that help to make all the joints equally smooth. Their size can vary from a couple of millimeters to a centimeter.

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7. When choosing a tile, consider not only its appearance, but also its functionality. If the main task of a bathroom tile is to withstand constant changes in temperature and a huge amount of moisture, then for kitchen tiles the main enemies are fat and soot. Despite the fact that the relief tile is very beautiful, the dirt from the cooking process will be harder to wash off than with ordinary smooth tiles. In addition, the tile must be protected from exposure to chemical agents so that during the cleaning its appearance does not deteriorate. As a rule, these types of tiles are marked with AA marking.

AA Resistant to strong chemicals
BUT Resistant to medium and low strength chemicals
AT Low resistance to chemicals
WITH Very low chemical resistance
ABOUT Not resistant to chemicals

Like the bathroom tile, the kitchen tile is exposed to water. And in order for the divorces from lime in the water less conspicuous, instead of a glossy surface, it is better to choose a matte one. At least where sprays regularly fall.

What types of tiles are there?


The price of ceramic tiles is the most democratic, and the design is the most diverse. Ceramic tile is a mixture of sand, clay and minerals that is fired and glazed. It happens:

  • With dusting
  • Matte finish
  • Glossy

This tile can be combined with more expensive types of tile.

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Porcelain stoneware

Porcelain tile is considered the most durable. It is made from a mixture similar to porcelain, but it looks like a stone. Porcelain tile is ideal to use for the decoration of the floor in the kitchen, because even the filled refrigerator will not only stand it, but also retain its appearance. In addition, this tile does not actually absorb water.

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Stone tile – looks very stylish. But experts do not recommend completely drawing out the kitchen. Since it is made of natural stone, stone tile has a high texture, which visually narrow the space. It is enough to arrange with it one wall or some elements, such as an apron.

The worktop of the table can be made of stone. The tile for the apron, selected according to the pattern, color and texture like that of the tabletop, will become its logical continuation and original solution in the interior.

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Diagonal masonry

With a diagonal laying tiles are placed diagonally. This method of laying floor tiles will visually expand the space. But on the walls, the effect may be the opposite. The undoubted advantage is that due to the oblique lines the curvature of the walls is leveled. But without cutting the plates here also can not do.

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Mosaic masonry

Mosaic can be laid out of small tiles, and you can buy ready-made large tiles with a mosaic texture. Such tiles are easily customized to the desired size without deteriorating the appearance. Mosaic is desirable to combine with tiles of medium or large size.

Since now all vintage fashion is in fashion, a mosaic of fragments or pieces of old Soviet tiles can become an original and stylish solution.

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Imitation brickwork

Imitation of brickwork or laying tiles “scrambled” – quite a popular option today. Even parallel lines will be either strictly horizontal or strictly vertical. Due to this, you can achieve different visual effects. And if you combine several colors – then also drawings

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Laying “seam in the seam”

And of course, the standard “seam in the seam”, which assumes clear and even rows. If there are not many options with laying a square tile, then the rectangular one can be oriented vertically (to visually raise the ceilings) or horizontally (to visually expand the kitchen).

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Zoning and combining

Since tile is not a cheap pleasure, it is perfectly acceptable to combine it in the interior of a kitchen with other materials for decorating walls. It can be wallpaper, decorative plaster or just painted walls. As a rule, the working area (apron) is decorated with tiles so that it is easy to clean, and the rest of the space – with other materials. Combination can be:

  • Contrast (opposite colors, textures)
  • Identical (tone to tone, texture to texture)
  • Similar (similar colors, textures)

For plain wallpaper it is better to choose a contrast tile or a tile with a pattern. For wallpaper with a pattern tile should be neutral. Read more about the wallpaper for the kitchen .


Parquet laying

Laying in the form of a parquet is laying out narrow long tiles with a Christmas tree or a pigtail (perpendicular to each other, angle up). The interior looks quite unusual and interesting.

Since the aesthetic effect is in the way of laying, the tile is better to choose neutral, monotonous (without pictures). But nobody forbids you to combine several colors: the main thing is that the tiles are of the same series.

The inconvenience of laying is that the edges of the room tiles just have to be cut. To simplify the task and save on materials – pick up square tiles to match and cut them diagonally.

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Apron design

The kitchen apron , located directly above the work area, falls right in the middle of the walls. Therefore, it can be bright and unusual. You can highlight it in another color or another way of laying, make accents with bright tiles or tiles of irregular shape and texture. And you can also order special photo tiles. Their manufacturers not only offer a wide selection of patterns for every taste, but also “customize” them to the size of your kitchen. However, it will be necessary to lay out such tiles very carefully, because all parts of the picture will be only in one copy.

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Which tile is better to choose for the floor in the kitchen?

  1. Strong, because it will carry a lot of weight.
  2. Chemically stable, as the floor in the kitchen will have to be washed with cleaning agents more often than in other rooms.
  3. Wear-resistant so that it does not lose its appearance.
  4. Non-slip, so that the spray near the sink does not end with injuries.

We lay tiles by hand

On the walls

  1. Thoroughly clean the walls of all coatings.
  2. Apply axial marking depending on the method of laying and the size of the tiles (this will allow you to decide whether to cut the tiles and, if so, place them at the bottom so that there are integers at the top).
  3. According to the instructions to prepare the adhesive composition.
  4. Apply it in a thin layer, make the grooves (conveniently using a “notched” spatula).
  5. Install the tile, pin down. Around place the crosses to align the seams.
  6. After drying, remove the crosses, rub the seams with colored grout for the seams.

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On the floor

  1. Thoroughly clean the floor of all coatings.
  2. Make a floor screed.
  3. Apply axial marking depending on the method of installation and size.
  4. According to the instructions to prepare the adhesive composition.
  5. Apply it in a thin layer, make the grooves.
  6. Install the tile, pin down. Around place the crosses to align the seams.
  7. After drying, remove the crosses, rub the seams with colored grout for the seams.

White seams on the floor look beautiful, but very quickly get dirty and lose their appearance.

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