Our new kitchen…and tiling the walls

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Could I make our kitchen look this good with my tiling skills? No, okay, probably not. Pic credit below.

I’ve hinted in one or two blog posts that we’re about to get a new kitchen. I cannot wait for this moment. Our present kitchen is horrible; it’s a long, thin galley kitchen that’s cut off from the dining area. As dramatic as it may sound, it’s a real hindrance to family life.

At meal times my wife and I are forever getting up and down, leaving the table to get the kids’ drinks refills, cloths to clear up spillages, cutlery and so on. Simply staying in the same room is a challenge. As a result, we’re bringing down the spine-wall of our house and going for an open plan kitchen / diner.

The units, sink and appliances have been chosen and we have some idea about the flooring. The one area my wife and I are still discussing is the kitchen tiles.

To help keep costs under control, I have already agreed with the builder that I’ll gut the present kitchen. I’m also not averse to doing some of the tiling.

This is where Mrs Adams and I have been having what would technically be known as discussions. You see when we left our last property I had to tile large parts of the kitchen to make it saleable as it was in a pretty dire state. While I concede it wasn’t the best job in the world, the house sold for its asking price and so my tiling can’t have been that bad!

There are some great resources online for anyone who is thinking of doing DIY like this. This infographic from tile supplier Tilesporcelain.co.uk explains perfectly how to tile a wall while this one shows how to tile a floor, something I have only minimal experience of doing.

Regardless of whether I do the tiling or a professional does the job, we will be selecting the tiles very carefully. I want to go for large, neutral coloured tiles. Mrs Adams and I are in agreement regarding the colour, I’ve yet to persuade her of the benefits of using large tiles (namely; reduced labour costs and fewer opportunities for mistakes).

Tell me, what would you do; big tiles or small tiles? Would you be willing to tile the kitchen yourself or would you not take the risk? Please leave a comment below.

Pic credit; Scott Lewis. Sourced from Flikr.com and reproduced under Creative Commons agreement.

Disclosure; This pst was produced in association with Tilesporcelain.co.uk.

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5 Comments

  1. August 13, 2015 / 7:52 am

    I would want big tiles, I would hope it would be less effort and it is the kind of thing I would want to do, but with some guidance!

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 21, 2015 / 9:33 am

      Big tiles are a good choice. I think you’re always best getting some guidance in these matters.

  2. Laura
    August 21, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    BIG tiles every time! I recently tiled our cooker splashback in our kitchen, choosing fashionable metro tiles and laying them in the equally fashionable brickwork layout. I never would have been able to anticipate the amount of food I’d be scrubbing off the grout from between the tiles. It looks good, but as my husband would say it’s form over function

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 23, 2015 / 6:19 am

      I feel your pain re the metro tiles. In a previous house I lived in we had tiny mosaic tiles and they were both a nightmare to put on the walls and to clean.

  3. March 19, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    I went for larger tiles in my kitchen, they are 250mm x 500mm so there’s only 2 tiles high between worktop and wall units. Perfect as far as making the job easier goes. I also hate grout joints in kitchens as grease from cooking can ruin it pretty quickly especially if it’s white.