ceramic kitchen floor

How to Design a Bright Kitchen Floor with Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is versatile, durable, and classic. Usable for either a backsplash or flooring, the design options are endless. Choosing from a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors can feel overwhelming, but a few key tips can help easily design a dream kitchen. Here are several ways to use ceramic tiles to tie a kitchen together:

1. Ceramic Tiles for a Modern Home

Ceramic tile is the perfect addition to the modern home. Clean lines and geometric patterns let the beauty of the tile shine through, creating a minimalist backdrop that is sure to complement any style. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, ceramic is the ideal choice for its durability, water resistance, and ease of cleaning. To create a modern look, add a touch of understated elegance with the Gridscale Ice Tile – these sleek 24” x 24" tiles come complete with a matte finish to create a timeless surface for a modern kitchen. Large-format tiles (greater than 15”) make for a clean, spacious setting to enhance a contemporary style. As an added benefit, they can make a kitchen look larger, and larger tiles mean fewer grout lines.

2. Tile and Backsplash Ideas for a White-Themed Kitchen

Keep it monochrome or use ceramic tiles to add a touch of an accent color. Grey or beige tiles add a slight contrast, allowing white cabinets, appliances, and countertops to truly sparkle. For a more dramatic effect, double up with a bright white tile for both the floor and backsplash for a clean and luxurious feel. A darker floor using wood-look tile gives a more traditional flair, anchoring the room and balancing the white finishes. Tile size and texture can also be played with: a thin Chevron Tile or a large square tile add different visual interests to a monochromatic kitchen. Add texture with the White Vena Tile’s grey, marble-like veining; it's great for both flooring and as a backsplash, without the upkeep of a natural marble surface. Likewise, adding a patterned tile is an easy way to breathe personality into a standard kitchen.

3. Bright Color Tiles vs. Darker Tones

Depending on whether doing a full remodel, starting from scratch, or solely replacing the floors, the choice of bright versus dark ceramic tile can either be the foundation of a kitchen’s aesthetic or complement its existing features. Consider how much sunlight the kitchen receives. A small, enclosed kitchen can feel much more open and spacious with light-colored tiles. Bright tiles allow light to bounce off and illuminate the space. Darker tiles in a sunny, open kitchen can tone down the brightness and bring additional warmth and depth to the room. Wood-look tiles can bring a traditional homey feel, whereas large-format tiles impose a bold, modern look. If a kitchen is full of color, open shelves, or busy granite, a minimalist style of tile can balance the room without adding another element of visual interest. In an all-white kitchen, a dark backsplash can act as a bold statement piece to add dimension to the room.