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How to Plan and Design a Kitchen Tile Flooring Project

Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011

Plan & design a tile kitchenKitchens and tile go together, like chips and dip, or chocolate and strawberries. Ceramic or stone tile is a great selection for kitchens because of its durability, ease of cleaning and maintenance, and the feel and look. Beyond that, design possibilities are endless. Tile comes in a huge range of colors, styles, and textures that can give dramatically different looks, unique to your taste and style.

You can choose from ceramic, stone, glass, or any combination. Glass tiles can add a whimsical and unique touch to your design (do be careful using it for more than accents on the floor, though, and get some direction if you choose to use it), and you can choose from different colors of grout to make your look perfect.

You should take all the tile in your kitchen into consideration when planning your kitchen floor. You'll want to pick a tile color and pattern that complements the tile on your kitchen walls or backsplashes, as well as existing paint colors and accents. A great way to get a feel for the look you envision is to peruse the Internet for pictures of tiled kitchens. You can take a look at the websites of our partners listed on our website. Most of those sites have spectacular photo galleries that might provide just the inspiration you are looking for.

When you've decided on the tile that's going to bring your kitchen to life, you need to do a little planning, measuring, and prep. Measurement is the most essential task in planning for your new floor. You need to measure your kitchen from wall to wall in all directions, working around fixtures and elements of your kitchen that are going to stay in place in the installation. Your cabinets might be one "wall," so measure up to those baseboards. You'll also want to remove any trim or edging in place on the existing floor to get a true measurement all the way up to the joint of floor and wall.

When you have your measurements in hand, go to your local home improvement store or plug your measurements into an online calculator to find out how much tile you're going to need to cover your space, allowing overage for miscuts and mishaps, as well as the accompanying tools and materials such as grout, trowels, and adhesives.

You'll also need to plan to either have your tiles cut for you after careful measurement or obtain a wet saw (they can be rented, so don't spend the money to buy one, unless you're doing several rooms or going into business for yourself). Do get some instruction on its use. It's not difficult, but with water and electricity, you definitely want to feel confident in handling the equipment.