Whether it’s to add colour, texture or simply to make your room water-tight, kitchen wall tiles can add a fabulous finishing touch to your scheme.
Think less is more
Add understated elegance with soft sage. This classic Shaker kitchen has been modernised with the clever use of contemporary colour. Create a splashback using a narrow band of lustrous metro tiles in the same green tone as the cabinetry so as not to overcrowd the look. Liven up the grey-greens with an open shelf in charcoal and hang quirky copper wall lights to pick out warm wood worktops.
Brighten the scheme
Make popular metro tiles unique with a distinctive colour choice. In a modern white kitchen, try a flash of aqua blue tiles. Bring in other pops of strong colour such as a window garland and red kitchen accessories to add to the fun, easy-breezy style. Balance the room with a central, yellow vintage island table.
Unify with neutrals
Keep an open-plan space streamlined with a neutral scheme and white metro tiles along one wall. Design your room so a single run of tiling can function seamlessly for worktops, sink and hob. Think multi-use living area rather than kitchen when designing your space and blend tiling, cabinetry, worktops and shelving into the room with a simple, off-white palette and a traditional country look.
Try large and lively
Draw the eye with a patchwork of patterned tiles for country couture style. In a bold room like this one, choose a tile design that can compete against its surroundings – the royal blue walls and cabinetry, large monochrome floor tiling and huge inset cooking area. Complement an impressive range by framing it with an eclectic display of vintage tiles that brings the look together. Everything about this kitchen is large and lively and all the parts add up to a busy and inviting family space.
Let colourful cabinets stand out with subtle, streamlined tiling. In a light, compact kitchen fit smart, retro-look matt tiles that will showcase cool blue, gloss wall and base units. Tile half way up plain white walls to help maximise the sense of space. Give the tiles depth and interest by choosing a contrasting silver grey grout.
Tile high in monochrome
Make a brave statement with a sleek chef’s station. Use minimalist black and white materials to turn a kitchen into a modern and masculine piece of art. Mesmerise with a ceiling-to-floor cascade of black tiles and include matching units that blend right in. Choose stainless-steel worktops and accessories to break up the block of shadowy colour and create a show-stopping room of two halves with a juxtaposing, pale wood and white marble island and breakfast bar.
Colour up for contrast
Brighten a large conventional kitchen with happy blue tiles. Use a beautiful all-walls splashback and sunny yellow accessories to lift a functional family space. Fit fresh white units and smooth marble worktops for luxurious style and a pair of hanging pendant lights for balance. Black leather-topped bar stools help ground the scheme.
Find your 1950s vibe
Complete a retro kitchen with classic tiles in balancing colours. Dare to combine turquoise cupboards, bold patterned flooring and pink Venetian blinds, then co-ordinate with old-school square tiles in soothing ice-cream shades. No retro kitchen would be complete without a 1950s-inspired kettle and toaster combo.
Go for grey; go for blue
Give your kitchen an atmosphere with a harmonising tile palette. Try a stormy mix of grey and blue tiles to bring definition to an open-plan kitchen space. Fit low-impact plain white cabinets that will keep the eye drawn to the colour scheme and wooden worktops to inject warmth. Add a traditional twist with a classic Victorian-style mixer tap and butler sink. Just lovely.