Unusual Kitchen Floor Tiles

If you would like to choose any other kind of tiles for your kitchen floor except for wood, you will be offered a great number of options. For instance, porcelain tile is very beneficial being very easy to clean and maintain, while stone tile can make a rustic design of a kitchen more alive. No matter what material you will use, try to make the tile flooring unusual and exclusively looking. Make your personal style statement improving your kitchen design.

Emphasize your Kitchen Cabinets Installing Mosaic Tiles

Few homeowners today decide to cover their entire kitchen with mosaic tile as it is very difficult to clean, but it is a perfect idea to use mosaics to emphasize the unusual design and shape of the kitchen cabinets. In this way, you can create just a striking look. This works especially great for kitchens with cabinets located on more than two walls, or big kitchens with islands. Generally speaking, mosaics can help to improve the entire kitchen design.

It's recommended to start with large tile which you can compliment with mosaic tile. It may be made of the same material but have a different size. On the other hand, it may be made of some other material such as glass. If you use a secondary material in the backsplash, use it with the floor tile.

Start installing mosaic tiles from the cabinet base about 12" into the rest of the floor. The mosaics have to follow the line of the cabinetry outlining the kitchen island. The rest of the floor can be filled with the large tiles to cover the traffic areas.

A Tile Rug under the Place for Eating

If there is an eating area in your kitchen it would be wise to set it off by making a tile rug under it. For this purpose you can use one or more types of tile to your taste, as well as a decorative floor border. Try to choose, however, the tie design that compliments the rest of your kitchen design.

The floor tile must ne laid in a straight set pattern in the kitchen. Use a decorative border of mosaic, etched stone, or even cut sheets of mosaic that will help to set the place for eating from the rest of the area. If possible and you have such a desire, choose a material or border from the kitchen background for this purpose. In this way, the room will be more harmonious.

The middle of the "rug" can be filled with either the tile that was previously used in the rest of the kitchen, or try a second material with the size of 3"x6" in a herringbone pattern. You can also consider using a 6" square tile set or even a 12" tile or larger.

In any case, it's recommended to avoid using a square tile smaller than 3"x6", otherwise the area will be more difficult to clean. It's rather easy to maintain a small mosaic border, but a large mosaic area with numerous grout lines may turn out to be a torture for you.

Using Decorative Tiles

It is always a good idea to add several highly decorative or brightly colored tiles for the kitchen floor that will raise a lot of interest. It's great to use a 12" terracotta tile, 2" handpainted, brightly colored tile in a step pattern which should be always complimented with the large tiles. Following this scheme you're going to create the illusion of moving floor, as well as a unique design.

If you have stopped your choice on stone tiles, pay attention to the same-sized etched stone tiles in combination with a decorative tile instead of a plain tile. You're going to get a subtle effect that will add detail and interest to the kitchen.