Kitchen tile decals to change your space without blowing the budget

Make a big impression on a small budget with the help of these smart tile stickers
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  • Floor-to-ceiling tiles in the kitchen need refreshing? Or is tiling your kitchen-diner’s walls on the to-do list? If entirely new tiles are a bit beyond budget, why not consider covering existing tiles with a set of decorative stickers until you can replace them? Tile decals are where it’s at if you’re looking to make a decorative statement on a shoestring budget.

    What are tile decals?

    Think of tile decals as tile tattoos. They are vinyl wall stickers which are an easy way to update or make a statement on plain painted walls and tiles. Apply these smart adhesive transfer designs to existing tiles, blank walls or even glass splashbacks – if the mood takes you.

    More ideas: Kitchen tile ideas – to add character and personality to your walls and floor

    Most kitchen tile decals are made from heat and water-resistant vinyl, so can live up to daily wear and tear of busy kitchen life. For kitchen-dining areas, or any plastered walls, consider a decorative wall sticker that’s designed to look like a hand-painted feature. There are lots of lettering and motif-based stickers to choose from, or even self-adhesive tile patterns.

    Kitchen tile decals – ideas and where to buy

    decorative tiled kitchen splashback

    Image credit: Jon Day

    We’ve selected some our favourite tile and wall stickers, all of which can give your kitchen a quick refresh without a tile cutter or grouting in sight.

    1. Make a statement with pattern

    blue kitchen with blue and yellow patterned tiles

    Image credit: Not on the high Street

    Kitchen colour and design combinations are getting bolder in the modern kitchen. But making the bold design on a budget can be a risk many aren’t brave enough to make – and who can blame the decision to be cautious where home decor is concerned. Thankfully tile stickers can provide the look without having to commit to the expense of retiling.

    Buy now: Modern Geometric Tile Stickers, £22 pack of 24, Sirface Graphics at Not on the High Street.

    2. Enrich walls with block colour

    blue metro tile design tile decals

    Image credit: Amazon

    What could be better than replacing out-of-date wall tiles with the latest fashionable designs? Covering them, that’s what! With these brilliant sapphire blue stickers emulate the look of fashionable Metro tiles, without the need to do any messy DIY. To apply you simply peel the design from the backing and affix to any clean, flat surface. Ideal for use in both kitchens and bathrooms.

    The pack contains 12 pieces of stickers, measuring 30 x 15cm. Providing a coverage of 0.54 sq meters.

    Buy now: Walplus Deep Blue Glossy 3D Metro Sticker Tiles, £28.99, Amazon

    3. Go retro without the repercussions

    retro tiled splashback in kitchen

    Image credit: Not on the HigH Street / Sirface Graphics

    There’s something rather Clarice Cliff about this fabulously retro design. If you’re a fan of all things retro then this design is the one for your kitchen. Use the artistic decals to cover existing tiles to transport your kitchen to a different era. Best of all, this look won’t literally date your kitchen – because you can peel them off when it comes to moving, taking the look back to plain tiles for easy re-sale value. Easy to install and to remove without leaving a trace.

    These decal designs are made from a premium quality self-adhesive gloss vinyl, which is waterproof & heat resistant, both ideal qualities for use in kitchens.

    Buy now: Retro Inspired Tile Stickers Set, £22 pack of 24, Sirface Graphics at Not On The High Street

    4. Use adhesives on alternative kitchen surfaces

    Grey geometric pattern on kitchen island

    Image credit: Etsy /HomeArtStickers

    These waterproof, grey geometric tile stickers are just the thing to add a subtle hint of decoration to a stylish kitchen. Ok so they can be used on tiles, but tile decals also work on any clean and flat surface – such as the underside of a kitchen island or breakfast bar. Adding pattern on this freestanding unit can help to add colour and pattern to an all-white kitchen scheme. There’s zero commitment, because the adhesive film is just as easy to remove as it is to put in place.

    Buy now: Art Deco Grey Tile Stickers, from £7.65 pack of 10, Etsy

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