With the season that’s fast approaching it’s a given we are going to be spending a lot of time creating delights in our kitchens as we prepare to entertain family and friends over the festive period! With that in mind what better time to jazz up your kitchen with some nice new tiles? It’s a quick job and one that can dramatically update your home for a relatively small financial outlay so treat yourself to a new improved space with some innovative tiling
(5 The Arch, Victoria Road, Greystones, Co.Wicklow, click the image for further details)
FORM & FUNCTION
Decide where you want to tile, if it’s your floor area you need to consider the tile surface which should be non-slip and hard-wearing, as one of the hardest working rooms in the house, your kitchen is classed as heavy traffic which needs durable and strong products designed to withstand the rigours of family life. If your fittings are dark opt for a bright floor tile that will reflect the light, don’t worry about it reflecting muddy paw prints too – research has shown that a glossy dark flooring will show that more!
(6 Yew Abbey, Tinure, Drogheda, Co Louth, click the image for further details)
In terms of tile size, if you are on a tight budget opt for a large tile that will cover a substantial area quickly and also cut down on labour costs. Create a feature out of your splashback area, aside from the odd stray splash from your cooking this is an area of very light traffic where you can afford to use more intricate and stylish design. Think mosaics and contrasting colours which will help to pick out accents from your existing kitchen fittings.
(118 Rathgar Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6 ,click the image for more information)
DRESS IT UP
Another hardworking room in your home is your bathroom, typically not the largest room, it is easy to give it an attractive facelift on a modest budget. Remember kitchens and bathrooms sell homes so the investment is well worth the effort! It’s also an area where you can engage in some artistic flair and add contrasting border tiling to introduce interest to what would normally be a relatively conservative colour palette.
(157 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, click the image for more information)
You don’t have to do the whole floor in the same product, create what they call a kitchen rug of tiles in an area of high volume activity if you want to combine two finishes. It’s not all about high gloss and shine, there are some great wood effect tiles available on the market that will introduce a visual element of warmth to your home. More durable than a real wooden floor they will also be more forgiving of a stiletto heel than their porcelain counterparts!