Kitchen floor tiles have a lot going for them. They're elegant, easy to clean, provide good traction, are durable, don't absorb odours or germs, and are infinitely customizable. That last point is why kitchen tile can be an exciting way to express the latest popular designs and trends. Whether you want to go for simple Shaker-style looks, take on tribal tones, or even go wild with geometric patterns, there's a tile for you. Getting the right style isn't only about looks though—material matters just as much. Consider the following modern kitchen tile trends for 2015 for your kitchen renovation this spring without sacrificing functionality.
Ceramic is made from clay that's been fired into a beautiful and resilient shape. It can make a great kitchen floor tile thanks to its ability to withstand heavy foot traffic, resistance to water, great grip, and stain resistance. As an added bonus, ceramic is renowned for its colour permanence. Even in the face of direct sunlight, coloured ceramic won't change or fade. Many different shapes, colours, and finishes are available for ceramic floor tiles, including the wide selection that can be viewed here.
Porcelain is best thought of as “ceramic plus.” The two materials are both made from fired clay, only porcelain is baked longer to produce a firmer, denser result. This causes porcelain to be more durable, albeit somewhat more expensive, than ceramic tile. On the other hand, it's very easy to clean since it rarely needs any form of polish, wax, or seal. A damp mop is usually enough to get the job done. For the accident-prone, porcelain's scratch-resistant nature will mean it can withstand falling pots and cutlery with ease. Porcelain comes in both glazed and unglazed variants. The natural and glossy finishes of Campo’s “Versus” line of porcelain tiles are a great example of this kind of durability and visual appeal.
Laminate is an interesting choice for a kitchen floor tile. This layered mix of fiberboard and resin can mimic the appearance of hardwood but costs distinctly less. Laminate is better for busy areas like kitchens since it's more durable than hardwood and often includes antimicrobial layers. Since laminate is a synthetic type of tile, your kitchen floor can be customized to resemble more materials than just hardwood. In addition to wood, a laminate kitchen tile can resemble stone, metal, or even leather if you want to get really creative. See some examples of the latest in laminate flooring here.
Vinyl is similar to laminate flooring in that they are both synthetic materials and have a highly customizable appearance. Vinyl also has more give when walked on and can make for softer surfaces. Depending on the finish used, a vinyl kitchen floor tile can be highly scuff- and stain-resistant, but it still needs regular cleaning. Fortunately, this is a simple affair that can be completed with any non-rinsing cleaner. Since vinyl tile comes with its own adhesive backing, it's also easier to lay without professional help than most other tile types. An example of vinyl in action is the high-end “Ultra Ceramic” line of luxury vinyl tile from Amtico.
For more information on the top kitchen floor tile trends in 2015 and the most popular products this season, visit a Centura Tile dealer near you today.