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6 tips to choose the perfect kitchen tile

1.) Determine where the tile will be installed:

Before you select a material you will need to decide what surface the tile will be applied.  Tile can be placed as a backsplash behind a stove, or on the wall to the underside of the upper cabinets. Tile is a popular countertop material, and can also be used on the kitchen floor.

2.) Decipher the difference between ‘tiles’:

The word ‘tile’ refers to a resilient material that can be laid in rows over a surface.  For kitchens, this could include: quarry, stone, cork, vinyl, bamboo, ceramic, porcelain and glass.  Applications like vinyl, cork and bamboo tiles are most commonly used in flooring. While quarry, ceramic, and porcelain can be used for counters and floors. Glass tile is commonly reserved for walls and backsplashes.

3.) Determine your budget before getting sold on the look:

Kitchen tile can be inexpensive, such as vinyl and linoleum tiles or they can be expensive, such as custom designed ceramic tiles.  Do your homework before getting married to an envisioned look in your head! Tile and home improvement stores can help you estimate the amount of product that will be required for your kitchen.

4.) Consider your household’s lifestyle:

Although kitchen tile is resilient, it still requires up-keep and the longevity of each material differs.  For countertops, ceramic tile is durable and will hold up to heat from hot pans, and is easy to clean and maintain. Unfortunately a ceramic tile surface can be uneven and it can easily crack or chip.  Determine if your family’s lifestyle will match the tile finish you choose.

5.) Choose a floor tile that can withstand your family’s habits:

When choosing floor tile it has to be durable enough to withstand heavy traffic, pets, spilled foods and cleaning supplies.  Ensure that you purchase floor tile that is called ‘floor tile’.  If you choose a wall tile for a floor the coefficient of friction (COF) will be too low, which in turn means it’s too slippery for walking. Instead choose floor tile that has a slight raised pattern, or texture to it to allow for a safer kitchen floor. For a more refined and elegant look consider using quarry tile. The clay and limestone based tile is fired to look like natural stone. Quarry tile is more expensive than the traditional ceramic tile, but is gorgeous in the right application.

6.) The sky is the limit for your tile backsplash:

Well, to a certain point the sky is the limit. Since your backsplash doesn’t take direct heavy traffic, glossy, and painted tiles are a perfect fit for your backsplash.  Although they still have to withstand, hot oil splatters, grease and daily cleaning.  Choose from porcelain, ceramic, glass, metal or stone materials for a backsplash that can subtly or boldly bring a decorative flair to your kitchen.

Your kitchen floors, counters and backsplash have a variety of tile styles to fit your budget, and taste.  Consider these tips when choosing tile for your kitchen.  Research your tile options and then make your kitchen the one you’ve always dreamed of!

Choosing Bathroom’s Tile

How To Choose Bathroom Tile ?

Home Design Photos

Tim Barber Ltd Architecture

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Helena 1

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You may choose to leave plumbing supply lines exposed, as in the bathroom here, for a more industrial or vintage look. Or you may choose to hide them behind the sink pedestal for a more modern look. Little things make big impressions.
Design ideas for a victorian bathroom in Los Angeles with a pedestal sink and green tile. — Houzz
green black tile for guest bath — tonicolorado
Hanson Fine Building

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Wyndmoor Residence bathroom

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Their bright color enlivens this otherwise subdued bathroom. “The decision was made by the architect to bring an accent color to complement the white wainscoting and floor tile,” says John Hanson, the principal contractor on this project. “We painted the sink and tub with a semigloss alkyd oil-based paint.”
Traditional kids bathroom in Philadelphia with a claw-foot tub, subway tile, a wall-mount sink and blue walls. — Houzz
I like the banding on the floor perimeter. — Candi Woods
International Custom Designs

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Yorba Linda Residence

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Freestanding tubs are generally designed for larger bathrooms. If you want to make a statement, placing it on an angle will show you are unconcerned with space restrictions. You will rarely see angled tubs in urban settings.
Inspiration for a contemporary master bathroom in Orange County with a freestanding tub and pebble tile floors. — Houzz
like this combo on the bath tub — Anna-Ruth Rutgers
Essex County’s Notable Kitchen & Bath Remodeler
QIC LLC., was established in 2007, a family owned business remaining true to our lifelong values of quality, hard work, and honesty.
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Pacific Heights Mediterranean

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Tip: Prepare a test board to see how your tile will look once it’s installed. Determining the quality of the tile or stone and preparing the tile sample board will go a long way toward getting what you want.
Design ideas for a contemporary bathroom in San Francisco with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, an undermount tub and gray tile. — Houzz
Autre exemple de prolongement de comptoir — nicolas roger
Eclectic Bathroom

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Big change: Try a chic black and white scheme. Pair white subway tile with black or charcoal-gray grout for a cool (and surprisingly affordable) look. Choose simple gray tile floors and black accents on the shower and mirror frames, then bring the glamour in with shiny brass sink and shower fittings.
Inspiration for a transitional bathroom in Chicago with subway tile. — Houzz
This might work in my tiny bathroom? Good look, glass opens up the room making it look larger than it is and the subway style tile keeps it simple. — Susan Werstil
Avalon Interiors

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Port Credit Townhome

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The small strips of marble tile on the shower wall add visual interest to this otherwise simple bathroom design. Users loved the creamy beige paint on the walls, and the designer’s choice to keep the ceiling white.
Contemporary bathroom in Toronto with a vessel sink. — Houzz
use of uplighting to make ceiling height seem bigger — pmaro002
Cassidy Hughes Interior Design & Styling

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Go for a Spanish colonial style with Talavera tiles, or use mismatched patterned encaustic tiles, as is the case with this eclectic bathroom. Teaming them with a plain white surround stops the pattern from dominating the space, and is also cost-effective.
Design ideas for a mediterranean master bathroom in London with a vessel sink, wood countertops, a freestanding tub, multicolored tile, stone tile and multicolored walls. — Houzz
Cool accent tile for kids bath like treys house. — albiso
Ardesia Design

Oakhill Court

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4 Keep it simple If you have a lot going on in terms of décor in the rest of the bathroom – think coloured tiles, panelled furniture and fancy taps – then perhaps a plain sheet of no-frills glass is the best solution. Look out for glass that has been finished with a special anti-plaque coating so dirt and limescale don’t accumulate and make it hard to keep clean.
Design ideas for a victorian bathroom in London with a console sink, recessed-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a drop-in tub, a shower/bathtub combo, a one-piece toilet, porcelain tile and medium tone hardwood floors. — Houzz

How to Shine your Ceramic Tile Floor

Clean and shiny ceramic tile can improve the appearance of an entire room. Giving your tile a sparkly finish doesn’t have to be labor intensive, time-consuming or expensive. Whether it’s a floor, countertop or backsplash, polishing ceramic tile is an easy task that only costs a few cents.

Barcelos Flooring

Tile Service

1Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with one gallon of warm water in a large bucket. If your tiles are especially grungy, increase the vinegar ratio to 1 cup for each gallon of water.

2Dip a mop into the vinegar solution, squeezing out the excess liquid. Start at one end of the room, pushing the mop across the floor until you have mopped the entire floor. For dirtier floors, dip the mop into the vinegar solution frequently. Immerse a clean rag into the solution to clean and polish ceramic tile countertops, backsplashes or other items.

3Empty the vinegar mixture from the bucket and fill it with club soda. Dip the mop into the club soda and mop the whole floor. Use a clean rag to wipe down walls, countertops or other ceramic tile fixtures. The club soda polishes your tiles to provide a shiny finish.

Floor Cleaning Tips

Ceramic tile floors are extremely durable and can look as beautiful as they last with proper, regular cleaning. There is no need to wax! Just follow the steps below to keep your ceramic floors looking their best.

Barcelos Flooring

 Things You’ll Need

  • Broom
  • Soft Mop
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Dish Soap

How To Do It

  1. Sweep floors to remove loose dust and particles.
  2. Using a soft mop, mop floors with clear water and just a dash of liquid dish soap. Be sure to change the water when it gets cloudy; too much soap or dirty water will make floors dull or sticky.
  3. Allow the floors to air dry or dry with a clean towel.


Our professional cleaners wash most floors by hand, cleaning and drying a small area at a time.