May 17, 2024


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15 Kitchen Tile Ideas To Add Colour And Personality

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Paint tiles

a kitchen sink with chalk painted wall tiles behind and a plaster pink wall
Annie Sloan

Combine patterns

a dark grey panelled kitchen with eclectic floral patterned wall tiles
House Beautiful / Tim Young

Express your personality with patterned tiles, just like these floral designs. Mixing different motifs creates an eclectic look, but limit your palette to no more than three colours to keep things cohesive. The dark panelled wall in this kitchen allows the wall tiles to shine.

Pictured: Tiles, De Ferranti


Add green

a green tiled kitchen with white quartz island and black and cane bar stools

Decorating with green can help to bring the benefits of the natural world into your kitchen. Green tiles needn’t be confined to floors and splashbacks though – inject more colour by tiling a breakfast bar or entire wall.

Pictured: Ludlow kitchen, Magnet

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Don’t forget grout

a white kitchen with white kitchen wall tiles, terracotta grouting and pink cabinets
Walls and Floors

It’s easy to overlook grouting, but opting for a contrasting colour, such as this terracotta, can instantly turn the plainest of white tiles into a design statement.

Pictured: Marylebone metro tiles and Terra di Siena tile grout, both Walls and Floors


Go Japandi

japandi style kitchen with khaki kitchen wall tiles and grey units
Mandarin Stone

Incorporate shelving

geometric print kitchen wall tiles with an angular shelf above
Porcelain Superstore

Make a design feature of shelving with the help of your kitchen tiles. The overlapping circles of this design add colour and interest without competing with the sharp angles of the quirky stepped shelf.

Pictured: Sunset Astro tiles, Porcelain Superstore

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Lay herringbone

a beige kitchen with herringbone kitchen tiles on the splashback, a round table and mustard chairs

Think big with a tile mural

white kitchen wall tiles with a green botanical mural design and wooden units
David Cleveland/Amy Neason

Break up colours

buttermilk yellow kitchen units with yellow square tiles and an open shelf with trailing plant
Bert & May

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Let the floor do the talking

a white kitchen with black panelled walls and geometric print floor tiles

Get the country look

a kitchen with terracotta floor tiles, green panelled walls and an ercol dining table and chairs
Jon Day Photography

For a healthy dose of rustic charm, emulate a traditional farmhouse kitchen with terracotta floor tiles. Furniture with sleek lines, like this mid-century-style dining set, will keep the look fresh.

Don’t forget that terracotta and other natural stone tiles will require sealing.

Pictured: Table and chairs, Ercol at Furniture Village


Fit in florals

a pink kitchen with pastel floral print wall tiles and open shelving
Original Style

Although kitchen tiles often lean more towards a more sleek or geometric look, it’s also possible to inject more whimsical floral designs into your scheme.

This delicate wildflower print was named Original Style’s Tile of the Year and it’s not hard to see why – it’s a subtle way to incorporate botanical motifs into any space.

Pictured: Wildflower Rose tile, Original Style

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Mix up walls and floors

patterned kitchen floor tiles, green kitchen units and dark green wall tiles

Don’t be square

terracotta kitchen floor tiles with pale orange units and white wall tiles

For a nod to the Moroccan look, consider a shaped kitchen tile like these gorgeous arabesque floor tiles from Ca’Pietra, which still fit into a pared-back, muted scheme, all while offering instant rustic charm.

Pictured: Marlborough terracotta tile, Ca’Pietra


Make a statement

black and white zig zag kitchen tiles in an industrial scheme with stainless steel units
Baked Tile Co.

Get creative when laying your kitchen tiles for a bold look. Many tiles come in diagonal designs, which can be configured to create patterns from checkerboard to chevron.

Pictured: Nostalgia anti-slip tiles, Baked Tile Co.


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