To suit the needs of a traffic heavy cooking area, kitchen floor tile must be a blend of style and substance. Natural kitchen floor tile made of materials like terracotta and ceramic is often considered the most attractive, but the durability and strength of synthetic kitchen tile in materials like vinyl can be a more practical and more cost effective choice.
Because tile lends itself to mixing materials, you may be able to get the sophisticated look of natural tile with the long wearing strength of synthetic tile by carefully planning a design scheme that will allow you to create synthetic pathways in heavy traffic areas and frame those areas with more delicate natural tiles that will keep their natural beauty for years because they will not see as much use. Before choosing your kitchen floor tile, it is crucial to anticipate the traffic patterns in your kitchen space.
Laying your own kitchen floor tile can let you create this kind of custom tile patterning just the way that you want it. Although laying tile is a sizeable job, the satisfaction of balancing synthetic and natural materials in a way that makes intuitive sense to you based on what you know about your own space cannot be overstated.
When laying your own kitchen floor tile, err on the side of caution and purchase some extra materials. Tiles sometimes crack or break during the installation process, so having a handful of extra tiles on hand just in case you drop a few is a great way to make sure that you can create the flawless kitchen floor that you have envisioned.
When putting down your own kitchen floor tile, plan to lay between five and ten tiles at a time. It is easier to spread adhesive in a large number of limited areas than to try to put down a great number of tiles at a time, and you will achieve the best results if you are not racing to get everything down before the adhesive dries. As you gain mastery of the process, work up to larger areas until you can easily and accurately put down ten or so tiles in the time it takes the adhesive to set.