L: Original Style, R: Brent Darby | Country Living
Kitchen tiles tend to be chosen by answering some pragmatic design questions – will they wear well? Can they be wiped clean effectively? Will grouting discolour in such a busy and demanding space?
But modern tiling is such that these more practical qualities come as standard, leaving you with a bit more creative license to choose playful tiles that feature great colour combinations, interesting textures and patterns, or even painted chickens (more on them below.)
So with a myriad of choices available, how to pick the best ones for you? There is a tendency to choose tiles in the initial stages of designing a kitchen, along with wall colour and cabinetry, so they can become a base from which to build. But if you want your tiles to be more than just a base note, we suggest reshuffling your design timeline, and considering tiles as a finishing feature.
Tiles could pick up the colours in your favourite pieces of furniture or accessories, or create a country-inspired mural behind your hob. You could uplift a dreary corner set aside for muddy boots and coats with blush pink floor tiles, or use chalk paint from Annie Sloan to paint checkerboard patterns onto existing tiles.
Below, we’ve looked at some of our favourite tile suppliers and retailers from Original Style to Homebase, to find 16 kitchen tile ideas, tips and tricks to inspire your next upgrade.
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Kitchen tile ides: farmhouse
This charming farmhouse-inspired splash back displays some of the key characteristics of Delft tiles, with the familiar blue and white colours and sweet depictions of rural life. Paired with the cream-coloured AGA and shaker cabinetry, it’s pure countryside.
Kitchen tile ides: classic country
A sweet country kitchen vignette picking up fresh shades of green. Kit kat tiles are a great choice if you’re tiling to the half in your kitchen – too much can appear overwhelming – and the soft moss green on these Country Living Artisan tiles is a great base for warmer cream colours and brass accents. We love those painted cows, too.
Pictured: Country Living Artisan Moss Green Ceramic Wall Tile at Homebase
Kitchen tile ides: pantry tiles
We’re seeing a return of the walk-in pantry in modern country kitchens, and tiles can be used really effectively here. A simple white tile is all you need to provide a backdrop to an assortment of enamelware, jars, and tins, and a high-gloss glaze will help to bounce the light around if your pantry is in a dark corner.
Pictured: Papyrus Brick Tile at Original Style
Kitchen tile ides: splash back
Tiles can make all the difference even in the smallest of kitchens. In tight spaces, pick any size between a tiny mosaic and a small brick – country kitchens tend to be highly decorated with lots of interesting details, and so you can afford to have busy tiled areas. The navy blue makes a great contrast to a sunny collection of yellow mugs.
Pictured: Country Living Artisan French Navy Ceramic Wall Tile at Homebase
Kitchen tile ides: pastels
A clever design choice here, and one that can be so easily replicated. The soft sage green in these densely patterned tiles is matched perfectly in the painted cabinetry – on a large scale, this will feel wonderfully bright and fresh. The dark metallic hardware is an important detail too in preventing the scheme becoming overly pastel.
Pictured: Fleur Pumice Tile at Original Style
Kitchen tile ides: utility room
If you dedicate a corner of your kitchen to storing muddy boots and coats, patterned or colourful tiles can be used to uplift an otherwise functional space. Keep your surfaces practical and easy to wipe down, and go for an eye-catching floor tile, like these beautiful peony blush tiles from our Country Living collection at Homebase.
Pictured: Country Living Starry Skies Peony Blush Wall & Floor Tile at Homebase
Kitchen tile ides: all black
A brave design choice, but one worth considering nonetheless. No other shade will provide such a strong contrast to brightly coloured accessories, and so it’s a good choice if you want your sunnier colours to stand out.
Pictured: Rhian Black Gloss Tiles at Walls & Floors
Kitchen tile ides: Tapestry style
Country kitchens tend to embrace clutter and a charming mismatch of furniture and accessories. Mirror this in your kitchen tiles by going for randomised patterns – we love this collection from Original Style that creates a tapestry effect.
Kitchen tile ides: feature flooring
Kitchen tile ides: playful pattern
One for the artists and budding DIYers. These tiles are hand painted with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, which requires no sanding or priming, and adheres to wood, metal, laminate, concrete, and more. An affordable way to update tiles without replacing them.
A mix of pale mint green, buttery yellow, and sky blue makes this kitchen light and airy, whilst the darker floor tiles ground the scheme and prevent it from looking too washed out. Definitely consider darker tiles if your kitchen benefits from plenty of natural light.
Pictured: Harrogate Tiles at Original Style
Kitchen tile ides: rustic and charming
Country kitchens tend to embrace anything a little worn-out and rustic, and this can be complemented even with brand new tiles. Go for tiles that have handmade elements like uneven edges, a rippled surface, or an encaustic effect that creates a chalky, matt finish.
Pictured: Country Living Starry Skies White Light Floor & Wall Tile at Homebase
Kitchen tile ideas: mural
One of our favourite kitchen tile effects. Create a sweet mural that picks up scenes from the countryside – we love these Winchester Tiles that feature plump fruit and colourful roosters. This works best in a corner of your kitchen that has natural framing, here set back behind an AGA.
Pictured: Chicken Coop Tiles at Winchester Tiles
Kitchen tile ideas: Calico tiles
It’s not just painted tiles that can add visual interest to a kitchen, textured tiles work wonderfully to add depth and capture natural lighting in striking ways. Here, the iconic Burleigh calico pattern is cast into ceramic wall tiles in a delicious navy blue. We love the tiled skirting too.
Kitchen tile ideas: Mediterranean inspired
A pretty mediterranean effect here, with an incredible tiled floor, and simple painted mosaic splash back. Again, these tiles have been painted with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in colours that evoke images of olive groves under a sunny Italian sky.
Kitchen tile ideas: Pretty and pale
These pale kitchen tiles feature a distressed damask pattern, an effect that provides an interesting vintage quality. The choice of all-over neutrals is a great one when you have such a richly-coloured feature AGA.
Pictured: Aurora White Tiles at Walls and Floors
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