Kitchen Tile Pros and Cons

When it comes to choosing floor and wall coverings, the humble kitchen tile has come into its own and made it all the more difficult to make your decisions. No longer so humble, the vast array of colors, styles, shapes and sizes is mind-boggling.

No single kitchen tile solution is suitable for two different homes, because it's not a simple matter of one tile for the walls and one for the floors anymore. Choice is a wonderful thing, as long as you don't become confused in the process. Popular options are ceramic, natural stone, porcelain, slate and marble.


Functional and beautiful : that's what everyone wants from their kitchen tile. A backsplash has to take splatters of hot oil, a build-up of grease, daily cleaning with harsh cleansers, and various knocks from pots, pans and cooking utensils. We still want it to be attractive, though. After all, it forms the backdrop for our episodes of culinary genius!

Floor Tiles have to be Tough

Anything upon which you can drop heavy items, walk with grubby feet, spill slippery substances and mop up with cleaning products should be gutsy enough to take the heavy treatment.

You need to consider the porous properties of a kitchen tile you choose for the floor since it will soak up spills and absorb stains from under foot without a second thought. You also don't want it to be too slippery so avoid highly glazed products.

Wall tiles add Pizzazz

Installed mostly at eye level, whatever kitchen tile you choose for the walls will be something you'll have to live with for a long, long time, so make sure you really love the way they look. Feature tiles, borders and pattern designs can all be added to create individuality.

If you look through interior decorating magazines, you'll see dozens of clever ideas that you may not have thought of yourself. You might even like to try your hand at painting your own feature tiles and having them fired in a kiln before being attached to your walls.

Tiles for Countertops

Rather than granite, wood, laminate or stainless steel, kitchen tile offers a completely different look for countertops. It's very durable, heat resistant, non-porous (as long as you don't choose something like terracotta) and quite easy clean.

If you're aiming for a Mediterranean or Mexican look to your home, using kitchen tile on floors, walls and countertops is an excellent way of injecting such cosmopolitan flavor. Try blue and white for fresh Grecian style, and plenty of color mixed with terracotta touches for the festive appearance of a Mexican cantina.