The kitchen has always been one of the favourite rooms in the home. Recent years have seen it develop into a multipurpose space: once used only to prepare meals, it’s now a room where we gather, spend time together and socialise. Because while it’s true that the average time spent actually cooking is decreasing year after year, it’s equally true that a beautiful kitchen is the perfect place for unwinding with a glass of wine after a long day’s work.
Porcelain stoneware tiles, with their intrinsic characteristics - they are non-absorbent, easy to clean and anti-bacterial - and their stylish good looks, allow endless combinations, thanks also to large slabs that make perfect worktops. Naturally, therefore, they express their greatest design potential in the kitchen.
Kitchen tiles: tips for installation
If you’re eager to achieve perfect kitchen wall coverings with porcelain stoneware, all due care must be devoted to installation.
Careful planning is required in order to understand how to use tiles in the kitchen. Engaging the help of a design studio or an interior designer can be a good idea in order to form a clearer picture of what the finished effect will be. It’s also important to discuss your plans in detail with whoever will be laying the tiles in order to prevent any misunderstandings or problems from arising. Follow the instructions on how to install tiles in the kitchenstep by step for a uniform, properly installed wall covering which will be easy to clean and maintain for years to come.
One of the most frequently asked questions, without a doubt, is how to calculate the right height of tiles for a kitchen with no wall units.Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, as it depends on the space and the desired effect, nonetheless the absence of wall units allows far more freedom as regards the choice of tile size and installation pattern.
Tiles for a modern kitchen
Following trends for 2020, we come to the choice of tiles for a modern kitchen. To achieve the look, it’s a good idea to install a sophisticated, on-trend wall covering. In terms of tiles, “on trend” today equals a gloss finish, very light yet vibrant colours and distinctive shapes and patterns (with sharp corners and narrow joints). In kitchens, cabinetry and furnishings take precedence: wall coverings should enhance the space, without being overpowering. The current trend is for smart, minimalist kitchens which are nonetheless cosy and welcoming, perfect spaces in which to spend some time.
A modern style for kitchens can be associated with the colour black, and one of the trends for 2020 is indeed very dark kitchen cabinetry: in this case, wall and floor coverings can opt for lighter shades that still exude a certain warmth, providing contrast without jarring with the tonal harmony.
Designer materials to cover your kitchen walls
For a kitchen which is in step with the times and trends, as always you have to do some research. The first step, for sure, is to choose the most suitable materials: these must be designer, sophisticated, original and above all practical.
Examples include: double-fired tiles, laminate panels, epoxy resin, self-adhesive tiles and porcelain stoneware. Double-fired tiles in gloss or matt white, paired for example with wood, conjure up a retro mood evocative of bygone times. The drawback to this material is the possibility of water infiltration. Laminate gives spaces a paired-back, minimalist appeal and is a hard-wearing, easy-to-clean material, making it perfect above all for professional kitchens. On the downside, perhaps, is the compromise on elegance. Self-adhesive tiles for the kitchen are characterised by easy installation and a wide variety of designs. They’re perfect for creating a refined, modern look, whatever the type or style required: indeed, self-adhesive tiles are suitable for covering many different surfaces. The undoubted drawback is their shorter life span.
Epoxy resins have become hugely popular in the past few years thanks to their clean, minimalist style. However, watch out for cracks, which can develop particularly if the installation surface isn’t perfectly level.
Lastly, porcelain stoneware is one of the favourite materials of choice for kitchen wall coverings:in particular, the use of large slabs allows you to create elegant solutions without compromising on practical aspects. This is thanks to stoneware’s intrinsic characteristics (hard-wearing, anti-bacterial and non-absorbent), especially when combined with the absence of joints made possible by large slabs.
All these kitchen coverings and tiles vary in price, with solutions ranging from the extremely inexpensive to the exclusive.
Tradition: majolica tiles
A truly traditional, timeless alternative for kitchen wall coverings is tiles in majolica: a style that combines freshness, innovation, modernity and design. Majolica-effect porcelain stoneware is perfect for unleashing interior design creativity and creating trend-setting combinations that are ideal for interiors with a unique style. This special-effect stoneware is an evolution of the floor covering, given a much more modern, contemporary interpretation.
Majolica-effect tiles for kitchen wall coveringsstrike the right balance between elegance and verve, giving the whole design scheme a unique modernity and brightening it with intriguing chiaroscuro contrasts. The lustre and wonderfully tactile quality of this style also makes it an excellent choice for covering kitchen worktops with tileswhich, while understated, still offer exquisite attention to detail, transforming minimalist design into the trendiest style statement.