While it is not as puzzling as a Rubik’s cube, choosing tiles for the kitchen can be as perplexing. There is a wide range of tile options available today and to the designer, this opens limitless opportunities. For the average homeowner, too many choices can slow down the decision-making process.

Nevertheless, what’s fantastic about kitchens is that it can accommodate different tile types without compromising its functions.
And that’s where the magic begins. Selecting tiles to mix, match, and combine give kitchens character. If you wish to stick to one tile type, that works too. In any case, picking out tiles should not be as complicated as one thinks. Ask yourself these questions and see where it leads.

What are the available tile types?

Research and discover the amazing assortment of tiles. There are ceramics, glass, metal, wood, and natural stone. All these come in all shapes, sizes, and color as well. Choose a tile type that fits into your budget, style scheme, and purpose.

What’s your budget?

Different tile types mean different prices. High-end tiles such as designer hand-painted ceramic pieces can fetch for a hefty sum and then there are low-cost alternatives such as vinyl or stick-and-peel tiles. One can argue though that the vinyl and stick-and-peel types are not true tiles. Then there are tiles set in the middle range. Before deciding on a tile type, come up with an estimate. With floor and backsplash measurements, get help from shop assistants or online service supports.

Where will it be installed?

Again, before completely being sold on a specific tile type, identify the areas to be tiled. Floors, being high-traffic areas, have requirements that are different from that of a backsplash or counter. Here, slip-resistance comes to play. Also, consider your family’s lifestyle and needs. Some tile types can easily chip or can be very slippery. These can be problematic if you have children or seniors living with you.

For a backsplash, how is it going to look?

While the kitchen backsplash is the ideal area to get playful, also consider how it is going to harmonize with the rest of the kitchen.

Remember that too much contrasting texture or pattern can be overwhelming so select tiles that will complement countertops or cabinetry. The kitchen’s overall style should also help determine backsplash material. For traditional kitchens, stress that classic or rustic look with natural stones or ceramic. And for modern kitchens, give it that extra sheen with metal or glass.
With these questions in mind, picking out tiles is a less strenuous affair. Home improvement projects can be fun and this should set you on the right track.

Roberta Madison is the marketing manager at Glass Tiles Store, a provider of high quality tile products, mainly glass tiles, stone tiles, subway tiles, metal tiles and exotic tiles.