As the mother is the central hub in the family, so the kitchen is the hub of the home. A kitchen is not always just a kitchen where we cook our meals. Often it is also used for eating our meals too. As well as that, children love to come home from school, have a glass of milk and a snack, then settle down to do their homework at the kitchen table. This way they can be close to Mum if they need help with subjects they are working on. Mum and the kids can catch up with what the day held for each other while dinner is being prepared.
Kitchens in Brisbane can be homey and informal, jazzed up and trendy, arty or classy. How we choose to style them often depends on what sort of budget we have to work with. We can also choose styles that suit our own personality. Whatever way we choose it is important that everything in the kitchen compliments each other. Selecting cabinet and bench top colours should be done with the wall colour in mind so that the resulting look is pleasing. Neutral wall colours are great as they give more freedom in the choice of contrasting shades.
When planning kitchen design in Brisbane, don’t forget to consider the type of tiles you will use. Whether used for bench tops, walls or floor, choices can make or break the end result. Tiles used between bench and wall cupboards, or as a splash back can certainly enhance the look of a kitchen. There are many different sizes, shapes, and colours to choose from giving you plentiful options. Ceramic floor tiles are popular for their good looks and the larger tiles cover big areas quicker when laying them. They are also easy to keep clean. Vinyl tiles are another easy to clean choice and are softer underfoot for those with leg problems. Both are durable and long lasting.
Wall tile colours can be chosen to blend in or to contrast. Many have feature tiles that are laid at intervals amongst the main tiles. Some have shaped tiles as features and fit in the same way. As in floor tiles, larger tiles cover wall area much quicker than small ones do, and therefore need less grout. Small tiles do look nice though and if there is no hurry to finish the job and you like them, by all means make them your choice. Make sure the colour chosen ties in nicely with the surrounding hues. When selecting kitchen tiles, if you take into consideration budget, area to be covered, surrounding colours and the look you want to create, you can’t go wrong.
Keeping Your Tiles Spick And Span
The process of saving for and planning a new kitchen is no small feat. However, the process is made somewhat easier with the help of our professional team at Craftbuilt Kitchens. The point, however, of this discussion is that once your kitchen is installed, you will want to take good care of it.
Taking care of your kitchen will mean it lasts as long as it should and it remains spick and span for many years of enjoyment and use. Cleaning your kitchen well is vitally important if you want it to remain germ free and free of unpleasant smells.
One of the areas often overlooked in kitchen cleaning can be the tiles. Tiles are found in many places in the kitchen, splash backs, benchtops and more. Granted, tiling may be wiped over with a cloth on a daily basis, sometimes less, sometimes more depending on the person.
However, tiles in the kitchen can collect a lot of dirt and grease, particularly in the grout, leaving them a hotbed for germs and stains. We have compiled a small list of tips to help you keep your tiles clean so that your kitchen is too.
First, Some Basic Advice
No matter what kind of tile you are working with it’s important to remember the following:
Don’t use powders or creams that are gritty or abrasive. Using this kind of cleaner will create small scratches, thus making future cleans harder but it will also damage the surface of your tiles.
If you clean your tiles regularly you will avoid build up and a bigger job in the long run if you let it go too long.
Tile Cleaning Tips
Use these awesome tips to keep your tiles looking as good as new.
Stubborn spots and stains can be removed with water and a little bicarbonate soda. Be careful not to scrub too intensely and scratch your tiles as mentioned. This mix is great to use on grouting with an old toothbrush.
Ensure that tiles are laid properly and well. This is a risk you can run into if you install tiles yourself. Also a risk easily avoided if you have them professionally installed through our team at Craftbuilt Kitchens.
If you have tiling on your bench tops anywhere, use mats under appliances, et cetera, so they don’t scratch or stain tiles where they are placed. Be careful when moving objects around that you don’t drop anything heavy onto tiles.
If you are looking for a good natural cleaner, vinegar mixed with warm water works wonders on dirty tiles and is great for removing grime.
For the best kitchen designs, perfect installation and great after sales service such as great advice on caring for your kitchen and tiles, contact us today.
Get The Perfect Tile Selection For Your Kitchen
You have finally chosen your kitchen cabinetry and appliances in the colours and textures that you hope will blend together to create the perfect, modern look for your new kitchen. Your thought processes are in overload with design information, colour charts, dimensions and all the choices you rejected still swimming around in your head, and now you must choose your kitchen tiles!
Both for the floor and the splash backs, tiles will be the finishing touch, so brace yourself for more decisions to bring your dream kitchen to life. We know you are feeling overwhelmed because we see people every day in the same predicament, and we know just how to help. Our design team at Craftbuilt Kitchens have the answers, but for now, we offer some information for you to consider.
Does Your Choice Suit The Purpose?
Kitchen floors are busy areas, so the floor tiles must be robust. Getting the right type of tile at this point will mean you won’t need to replace them for many years, provided they can withstand stains and chipping. They also need to look good for the duration, so a tough but attractive finish is required.
It is a similar story with the tiles for the kitchen walls and splash backs. They are often the first thing that meets the eye, so they need to look good, but still withstand the heat, steam and splashes from preparing and cooking food.
Does Everything Match?
At the risk of stating the obvious, make sure that the texture and colours you are considering for both the wall and floor tiles match the rest of the kitchen. You would be surprised at the number of people who choose a tile because they love how it looks in a display, only to find it does not suit the purpose, or fit in with the overall design.
Floor Tiles – A Couple of Suggestions
Porcelain tiles are still popular and can be polished for a high shine and water resistant surface. There are also many styles available that look like timber and stone, but without the high prices of genuine natural materials.
Natural stone is hardy, long-lasting and looks fantastic if money is not an issue. It is available in a wide variety of finishes including a polished look, a non-reflective finish and varying textured effects.
Splash Backs for A Modern Kitchen
While ceramic and porcelain tiles are still popular for splash backs, glass tiles are a stand-out feature in a modern kitchen, and wonderful deep colours are available. The luminous qualities of glass tiles also bring more light to the room, and because they are non-porous, they are easy to clean and stain-resistant.
If you are still in a quandary, don’t stress over your tile selections any longer. Our specialist design team are ready to help you.