Tile Tips and Ideas for White Kitchens
White kitchens have come back into style in recent years. The simple beauty of white cabinets paired with stainless steel appliances is a very adaptable design that's appealing to contemporary, traditional, and transitional enthusiasts. The only risk of an all-white kitchen design is winding up with a room that lacks texture or looks too stark. So, in order to add a sense of warmth to your space, go with design elements that add texture or a nuance of color, such as unique light fixtures and colorful accents.
When it comes to designing the floors and walls of your white kitchen, tile will allow you to create a beautiful space that's comfortable and welcoming. Tile is also highly favored for kitchen flooring and backsplashes due to its resistance to moisture and long-lasting qualities. Here are some tile tips and ideas to help enhance the beauty of your white kitchen.
Add Gray Large-Format Flooring
Opting for a large-format tile can add a contemporary edge to your white kitchen. Gray flooring is also often paired with all-white kitchens. It works especially well with white cabinets and stainless-steel appliances or fixtures. In particular, one contemporary style that looks great in a large-format size is the Linden Point series. Available in a 12 x 24 size, these tiles present a modern stone-look flooring option that instantly adds a touch of sophistication to any white kitchen. Soft texture is provided through the horizontal veining, and this modern design features the natural characteristics of stone, while also providing resistance to moisture and the long-lasting qualities of porcelain.
Go with Modern Wood-Look Tile
When designing an all-white kitchen, consider going with wood-look tile for the floor. The latest wood-look tile has been designed with variance in color shading and pattern to add the warmth of wood, and it comes in a number of shades that will perfectly complement white cabinets.
The warm natural texture of hardwood, combined with the practicality and long-lasting qualities of porcelain, makes it an ideal flooring material for your busy kitchen. And thanks to incredible high-resolution digital imaging technology, wood-look tile looks incredibly realistic. Its textured finish ensures that your white kitchen doesn't look flat, even when you choose a light-colored finish. For example, the Chalet series offers wood-look tiles that have been cut into realistic planks. Its lighter finishes blend exceptionally well with a white kitchen by bringing in a subtle new shade that won't take attention away from the rest of your design.
Opt for Contemporary Concrete-Look Tile
To complete your white kitchen's contemporary design, a modern, oversized, concrete-look tile may be the perfect option. The sleek, urban look of Concrete Connection, for example, will help to accentuate your white cabinets and sleek fixtures. The look of concrete is a relatively newer design trend, and it can also be used to create an ultramodern backsplash.
Bring in Color with a Glass Mosaic Backsplash
Aside from your flooring, the use of a glass mosaic tile backsplash is another way to add color and texture to white kitchens. With their light reflective capabilities and translucent colors, glass mosaic tile adds brilliance and drama. If you love decorating with cool colors, try adding the blues, greens, and tans of the Soiree series into your design. Going with a random colorful pattern will add just the right amount of color to your white kitchen without overwhelming the space. Glass mosaics come in a variety of color combinations, and each will add a touch of sparkle to your white kitchen.
Select Subway Tile with a Twist
Subway tile is a timeless look, but it also comes in enough options to spark your design creativity. With many bright shades of subway tile to choose from, you can always find a unique twist to liven up a white kitchen. For example, warm hues, such as bright yellows or rich reds, will add a jolt of sunny color to your backsplash. If you're looking to stay with the white theme for your backsplash, but still add texture, beveled subway tile is a great choice. The sloped edges of the beveled tile will increase the light reflection in your space, and will add depth to your white kitchen, while still maintaining the crisp, clean look you desire.
Include Artisan Tiles
Artisan tile lends an elegant feel to any kitchen, and it can be used within your backsplash to add charm to your white kitchen if it feels too stark. With a handcrafted appearance, thanks to irregular edges and a palette of earthy neutrals, ceramic tiles like the Artigiano line add old-world charm to your white kitchen, making the room appear cozier and more comfortable, yet still formal enough for entertaining.
Create Beauty with Marble
For subtle, natural-looking color variation, you can't go wrong with marble countertops or a marble backsplash. The signature white and gray swirls of marble enhances the light color of your kitchen, and it adds color variance and character. Currently, marble is experiencing a reemergence in modern design with new applications and finishes. In white kitchens, a marble mosaic backsplash in Havana Tan is an excellent selection. The creamy color is just different enough from the surrounding white elements to draw attention and add design dimension.
Incorporate Metallic Tile
Modern backsplashes styles, such as those that incorporate linear or straight-joint mosaics, pair well with decorative metal accents. Just one row of metallic tile as a border around your neutral backsplash can add contrast to a primarily white color scheme. For increased drama, you may also consider a brushed stainless-steel backsplash. Mosaics are available in penny rounds or brick-joint patterns.
To bring increased attention to your sleek, stainless steel appliances, a gleaming metallic backsplash can add shimmer and shine to your white kitchen. For a contemporary style using mosaics, metallic shades can be mixed with ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone to create a stunning and dramatic focal point. For a truly captivating contemporary look, decorate an accent wall or room divider with large SlimLite porcelain wall panels, which are available in multiple metallic colors. The pewter shade is a stunning accompaniment to a sleek, white kitchen.
White kitchens have stood the test of time and look good in almost any style of house. If you love the bright, cheeriness of white, but want to avoid winding up with a room that's too severe or clinical, don't hesitate to use tile to help you achieve the look you desire. With so many styles, colors, and patterns available, tile options for your kitchen floor, countertops, and backsplashes are nearly limitless.