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How to Use Tiles to Create Your Dream Kitchen


It may sound a bit of a cliché, but the kitchen really does tend to be the heart of most homes.  Funny enough the right tiling is absolutely key to this room’s overall look and feel.

Many like myself will look at investing in new appliances like those at top-discount, cupboards, sinks from sites like tapwarehouse etc.  It’s important to keep in mind though that we shouldn’t cut back on kitchen tiles as this can be a false economy.

As well as having tiles on the walls they can also be used to create the perfect splashback for a hob and sink.  Tiled floors can look amazing!!!  Choices for these are almost endless and it can be overwhelming for a novice when trying to select.  Designs range from simple to the most intricate Moroccan patterns.

Using good quality tiles can help you create a wonderful looking room whether you are using it for cooking, dining, socialising, entertaining or hiding from the kids.

What Needs to be Considered

Plain of Patterned?

Moorish or Moroccan designs always seem to be in fashion.  They work well in both modern and more traditional kitchens, so they tend to be a safe bet.

Be sure not to overdo it though.  If you are refreshing your kitchen with a view to selling it and opt for either a patterned floor or wall make sure you only do the one and not both.  This way it will appeal to a wider range of buyers and make the room look less crowded.

If you have a particular bold tile pattern in mind an option is to have a splashback made from these tiles instead.


Some colours can work better than others but ultimately it is relative depending on your taste.  Blue and white tend to work well as the colours can create a timeless combination.  They give a room a fresh and relaxed feel.


You don’t have to be square!

If you’re not entirely sure about patterned kitchen tiling, then shapes such as hexagons or Arabesque designs should offer an excellent compromise.  These can be used to create subtle patterns that are can look great.

Alternatively, you could use tiles to create a modern herringbone layout.

Most Common Tiling Mistakes?

It’s always worth bearing in mind that a little bit of pattern goes quite a long way, more so in smaller spaces.  Very ‘busy’ designs create a more cramped appearance and feel to a kitchen.  If in doubt stick to a simple design.

Tile Texture

It can be easy to forget about the texture of kitchen tiles.  I do love high-gloss porcelain floor tiles they really make a kitchen look luxurious but they can be slippery when fluids are spilt on them.  A safer option can be a matte or non-slip version.


Something we learnt the hard way many years ago.  Light coloured grouting will show up stains over time so a darker colour can sometimes work much better.

What the Experts Say

Okay so maybe not quite exerts but hubby has been overseeing and also getting in on the action for various types of tiling over the years.  He tends to use companies with a wide range of choice like Crown Tiles.  They have a huge selection of kitchen tiles available in an array of colours, designs and textures, not to mention materials, to transform the look of the hub of your home.

Have you tiled or would you be looking to tile your kitchen?

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This Post Has 44 Comments

  1. We are about to retile our kitchen and have gone for some metro tiles – it will be so much closer to our dream kitchen afterwards!

    1. That sounds great. Enjoy your dream kitchen when it’s ready Tayla.

  2. Great tips! We took ages to decide which tiles to have in our kitchen, but finally decided on Moroccan style tiles behind the oven and then plain white in the rest of the kitchen 🙂

    1. It can be so hard to decide what to use. There are so many different options.

  3. We recently gave our bathroom a new look with tile decals. You can find a wide range including Moroccan.

    1. That’s great. I bet it looks lovely and makes a nice change too.

  4. Totally agree wth you on the patterns in smaller spaces and we love exotic tiles as a feature

    1. You can make some wonderful designs with tiles. Alternatively simple designs work well too.

  5. We don’t have tiles in our current home and I’d love some. Hopefully our new house later this year will allow either have some or will have good walls to put some on as they’re so handy.

    1. Tiles can really add to the appeal of a room. I hope you are able to add some lovely ones to your new home Cath.

  6. Looks like a lovely kitchen. We really need to do our flooring and have been looking for something a bit warmer than tiles though I must say tiles give the best finish

    1. Tiles can give a wonderful look to a kitchen. The ones shown here are great for a more luxurious feel.

  7. I would love a riled kitchen floor at the moment it’s laminate but I hope to change it soon. Love the sound of the blue and white Moroccan tiles! We ended up with sheets when we did ours a couple of years ago

    1. I hope you get to change the floor. You will be amazed at how much it improves the look of your kitchen. Blue and white tiles are really popular!

  8. Great tips here. I love the look of the kitchen.

    1. It looks great doesn’t it and that’s down to the tiles. They look amazing!

  9. Who knew that there were so many things to consider when shopping for tiles. Really useful xx

    1. Glad you liked the post. I hope it inspires you with any kitchen work you may do in the future.

  10. I wish I had been a bit braver with my tile choice in our kitchen

    1. Maybe next time around. There are so many great things you can do with tiles these days.

  11. Wow your kitchen looks so clean and chic – I really need to re do ours, we have laminate flooring which I hate and was put in by the last owners – would love some clean tiles like these

    Laura x

    1. These tiles look great don’t they! I love the way the floor tiles make the kitchen look so much more inviting.

  12. I must admit I have never given tiles the full love they deserve and agree they are a keep to the best kitchen. Definitely, something to consider in my new home

    1. I must admit when we first bought our first home I insisted – hubby of course agreed. Who wouldn’t want tiles 🙂

  13. My kitchen is tiled and I love it like that since it becomes so easy to clean. We all know how the kitchen should be perfect in hygiene, right? Anyway, your kitchen looks all too lovely…I wouldn’t mind cooking from such a beautiful kitchen.

    1. A tiled kitchen can be far more hygienic provided it is cleaned often enough.

  14. I like the classic, simple style of metro tiles. That is what we have in our kitchen. I don’t think we will be re-tiling anytime soon, but if we do, we’ll stick to the same kind, maybe just a different color though.

    1. It can be nice to redo them to breathe a little life into the kitchen.

  15. Great idea and it looked so neat. GREAT JOB! Wow. I will let my mother know about this.

    1. Thanks Michael. I hope your mum finds it helpful.

  16. Love the look of the kitchen, thanks for sharing a great info.

    1. Thanks Ritu. It does look lovely doesn’t it.

  17. I think tiles with texture and a little color would be fun to have in your kitchen!

  18. Didn’t really know that one needs to follow a process. When we did our kitchen it was only about texture and design of tiles. Rest was taken care off. I would share this with my husband….

    1. Colours are an important area to take into consideration too. Hope your husband likes the post.

  19. I love that those tiles are at an angle. What a beautiful kitchen. We have tiles in our kitchen as well, and we really like having it as our flooring there.

    1. Tiled floors can really look amazing. They can help create a luxury feel to a room.

  20. We opted for white tiles with some “accent pieces.” White gives the illusion of a wider space. I think your tips on tiling is really awesome. I will share this post with friends and family. Maybe one or two people I know may consider re-tiling their kitchen. This post is really a big help.

    1. Thanks Kristine, I’m glad you found the post useful. Hope it helps your friends and family with any kitchen they might be doing in the future.

  21. This just reminds me of all the stuff I need to do in the kitchen. So much needs to get remodeled because it just looks kind of crappy right now. Thanks for all the good advice here. I wouldn’t have even known where to start.

    1. Glad you found it useful David. Good luck with your kitchen.

  22. Thanks for the tips & tricks shared.
    my mom & sister will love this so much

  23. I would love to change the tiles on our kitchen floor but dread the mess involved 🙁

    1. It doesn’t have to be too bad. Just get professionals in to fit and they will minimise the amount of mess created.

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