Discover the different tile options that will add flair and sophistication to your kitchen zone.
These shimmering tiles bring sparkle to a pristine kitchen in a renovated Sydney house. Designed by celebrated New York designer Karim Rashid, the Alloy â€˜Ubiquityâ€™ tile in brushed stainless steel works wonderfully as an incandescent splashback. Itâ€™s the pattern and texture that give metallics extra intensity.
WHY IT WORKS: Metallic tiles are a great way to bring a neutral kitchen to life.
Red is associated with passion, ambition and optimism. Itâ€™s also known to stimulate appetite, so a red splashback works a treat in a modern kitchen. Here, rectangular tiles provide a clean look.
WHY IT WORKS: The stacked bond pattern on the splashback gives the room an architectural edge.
The classic subway tile adds a utilitarian feel to any space. Here, the gloss effect with black grout works in beautiful counterpoint in this country-style kitchen.
WHY IT WORKS: Subway tiles are a breeze to clean, even in the busiest zone of the kitchen.
With a burst of colour, contemporary patterned tiles make a strong statement in a kitchen. These intricate, luminous tiles in ocean-like hues work as a functional and fabulous splashback.
WHY IT WORKS: The zigzag pattern brings movement and texture to the space.
Black marble tiles with a honed finish add a contemporary edge to this well-thought-out kitchen. Open shelving and handy kitchenware are beautifully colour coordinated in earthy light hues, allowing the sultry tones of the tiles and benchtop to provide a strong contrast.
WHY IT WORKS: The marble tiles include striking flecks, adding real texture to the splashback.
Mosaic tiles are durable and water-resistant. A quick wipe-down is all thatâ€™s needed to clean these shimmering tiles. Mosaics are also eco-friendly â€“ many ranges are made of recycled bottle glass, and since theyâ€™re heat- and moisture-resistant, theyâ€™re suitable for the steamiest kitchen.
WHY IT WORKS: Most ranges now come as pre-mounted plastic mesh sheets, so theyâ€™re quicker (and cheaper) to lay.
These bring a touch of exotic Morocco to the kitchen. Made of cement, the colour is not only on the surface but throughout the 3-4mm thickness of the tile. While encaustic tiles are suitable for floors or walls, they can also be used as decorative splashbacks with the addition of a penetrating sealer.
WHY IT WORKS: Encaustic tiles are extremely durable, making them a favourite option in a busy kitchen.
Even in a compact inner-Sydney apartment, high-end tiles add a dramatic element to the kitchen. The classic black and white floor tiles laid in a diamond pattern are given a modern edge by using flecked marble. The long splashback nicely underplays the olive cabinetry.
WHY IT WORKS: The white-veined marble on the splashback reflects plenty of light in this small galley kitchen.
So versatile and long-lasting, vitrified porcelain tiles offer up a world of choice. While these tiles nod to the classic brick format, their texture and curvaceousness adds a new dimension to this refined kitchen.
WHY IT WORKS: A quality porcelain tile is four times harder than granite.
While Calacatta marble is renowned for its timelessness, this splashback has a more modern approach. A custom herringbone pattern is introduced to give the kitchen a contemporary edge.
WHY IT WORKS: Rather than adding vibrant tiles as a feature, this subtle pattern has plenty of impact.
These tiles are intricately cut with lasers to produce elaborate designs that are pieced together like a puzzle. Beware of the price tag on these tiles, as many of them are made of precious materials such as quartz and marble, or handmade gold- or silver-backed glass.
WHY IT WORKS: This tactile pattern can be applied to a splashback or an entire wall.
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