Kitchen tiles can transform a wall. Take a look at these show-stopping looks for inspiration. Tiles are a necessary part of the kitchen and can be a key part of its design.
Whether it’s to add colour, texture or simply to make your room water-tight, kitchen wall tiles can add a fabulous finishing touch to your scheme. An integral part of the kitchen, use tiles to create a striking splashback. Popular metro tiles can be bought in a variety of different colours to suit any kitchen style, from country to modern. Alternatively, purchase patchwork, patterned or mosaic tiles to instil an ethnic or retro vibe on your walls.
As you can see, practical and attractive wall tiles can do so much more than just sit in the backgroud. They really work to set the tone and dynamic of a kitchen scheme, turning it from drab to fab an instant.
Square blue ceramic tiles
Tiles don’t have to be the main feature of a kitchen and can simply be used to add a touch of interest or a splash of colour. Here, the blue theme of the tiles is continued on the remaining wall space, which really brings the look together. An array of differently coloured utensils and kitsch accessories line the wall, completing the eclectic feel.
Metro-style wall tiles are extremely popular and this ceramic design is a classic; it also makes a change from the usual square shaped tile. Lay tiles in different shades of the same colour to add depth to your scheme. The glossy tiles behind the Aga in this classic country kitchen provide a textural contrast to the matt pale blue cabinets.
Love the look of large format tiles? Hardwearing and durable, porcelain tiles are a tried-and-trusted material for kitchen floors. Since porcelain is so strong, tiles can be made thinner, so even huge ones needn't be heavyweights. Mismatched furniture, a traditional range cooker and terracotta tiles create a relaxed, lived-in feel in this country kitchen. Underfloor heating stops the floor from becoming too cold in the winter months.
If you want enduring beauty and individual character, look no futher than stone. Inherently beautiful and with an incredibly long lifespan, stone has been used on floors for centuries. A textured kitchen tile design will add depth and interest. It is a good choice for high-traffic areas and can be used in farmhouse-style or contemporary kitchens. Seal to protect from stains.
Be adventurous with a statement floor. Bold, blue floor tiles have been used to border the island unit in this open-plan kitchen. When it comes to design, the sky's the limit with mosaic tiles, as they can be used to create a variety of patterns and eye-catching details. This patterned tile injects an exotic flavour into a contemporary kitchen by combining pale stone with a Middle Eastern motif.
Pastel-toned tiles make for a subtly striking contrast with the red units in this petite kitchen. Their light colour and sheen finish reflects light from the skylight, helping to keep the small space light and airy. The flooring may look like wood, but is in fact covered in plank-sized porcelain tiles featuring a faux wood grain design - easy to lay over old floorboards and tiles. Anything but ordinary, these tiles will add a splash of personality and character to any scheme.
For a mellow, rustic floor appearance, terracotta is best. This stunning tile features a Mediterranean-inspired design, perfect for adding ethnic influence in your kitchen. All kinds of stone, terracotta and slate are porous and will need sealing to prevent stains penetrating. Immediately wipe away acidic spills on unglazed floors to keep the seal intact.
Create a recipe for your ideal splashback with these wordy tiles that spell out popular herbs and spices. There's the option to add borders and corners to frame your ingredients, or you can keep it simple as shown. If you're feeling creative, why not come up with your own words and have them printed on plain white tiles?
A bespoke kitchen splashback can be made to match your kitchen and is an easy way to add colour. Glass is functional and can feature in wet areas or behind a hob. Also, being highly reflective, glass will bounce light around the room, enhancing the sense of space. Here, a wall covered in mirrored mosaic tiles adds glamour and sparkle to a traditional kitchen.
Walls and Floors
When choosing a kitchen splashback, start by thinking of the area to be covered: do you want a simple panel on the wall behind the hob or an entire run along the expanse? These hand decorated, glazed metro tiles are easy and inexpensive to install for an instant makeover. Use your tiles as the basis for the rest of your colour scheme. Here, the unit paint has been perfectly matched to the tone of the splashback, creating an air of cohesion and symmetry.
If you have a large wall to fill in the kitchen, consider creating an entire feature wall of brickwork-like metro tiles. The crisp white tiles in this New England style kitchen have been finished with a grey grout which really makes them stand out, and delivers an industrial feel. Hang open white-oak shelves stacked with eclectic kitchenware to add depth and interest to your design.
Love 60s style? A kaleidoscopic tiled splashback and parquet floor provide the contrasting period details in this contemporary kitchen. When recreating this retro look, opt for vibrant coloured tiles and brown cabinetry, then let crisp white worktops soften the bold scheme.
Achieve charming county style in your kitchen with flagstone-look flooring and traditional splashback tiles. Here the floor tiles have been laid out in a modular pattern using different sized slabs, creating a rustic look. Bring in oak worktops and pale blue soft furnishings to complete the scheme.
Similar wall and floor tiles
Mimic the exposed-brick look with a tiled slate wall. With its naturally smooth texture and varying shades, from pale grey to dark purple and rich rust, slate is a beautiful choice for walls and splashbacks. Leave your slate tiles ungrouted for added character.
Are you lucky enough to possess a large kitchen? Arrange your floor tiles in a diamond pattern and finish them with a dark grout to break up an expansive area. However the opposite is true in a small kitchen where you should adopt a less busy arrangement. In this kitchen, a traditional French theme has been established with the addition of a white tiled splashback, black Aga and batterie de cuisine.
If pink is your usual go-to colour, don't leave out your kitchen. Brighten up the most social room in the home with pink accents. Here, the main attraction is the black Aga against a dusky pink tiled splashback, which really turns up the heat in this traditional cream kitchen.
Use broken tiles to create a unique mosaic worktop and splashback, like the one in this glamorous kitchen, which uses silver and black tile shards for a sparkling effect. You can use any tiles or ceramics you like to cover the worktop. Make sure you always start with a solid, level and waterproof base.