How to Remodel Your Kitchen with Granite Tiles
For a good decade, the kitchen was hidden in the back of the house. It was a hub of all activity where meals were set and dirty dishes were washed.
As time goes by, kitchens are evolving and responding to changing trends, and designs. The emerging social dynamics have contributed greatly to the rise of the modern kitchen and now that they became the heart of the home, it makes sense to refresh it and make it a dream space.
You have now a ton of options to choose from and that variety of choices can be really overwhelming. So we delved deep to uncover some of the ways to remodel your kitchen this 2019 with the use of granite tiles.
Why Granite Tiles
Granite makes sturdy, long-lasting, classy choices of flooring. Since granite is a natural stone, its appearance is usually marked with exceptional design patterns and color variations. Some people see this as high-end looking, sophisticated floor tiles. It is a hard crystalline stone that gets its color and eccentric from quartz, feldspar, and mica. The beauty, durability and easy to maintain features make it an excellent material to use in your kitchen remodeling project. It is also suitable for kitchen floors, and backsplashes as it is for countertops. Even though granite is generally a high-end stone, granite tile is a way to cut big bucks of your remodeling project.
Remodeling Kitchen with Granite Tile
The Design Process
The initial step in the remodeling process is designing your new kitchen. Design serves as the foundation on which the success of your project depends. Visit home improvement stores and thumb through remodeling magazines to acquire a great idea of the type of kitchen you want. But don’t forget to select a design that is compatible with your home’s architectural style. Begin with the cabinets as they are the kitchen’s strongest elements. Pick your appliances next and then plan the flooring, countertops, and backsplash.
Attention to the Design
When choosing granite tiles, there are some considerations that should be kept in mind. The natural variations in shade and grain are interesting if you use small tile, however, mismatched 12-inch tile can make for a poorly executed look. This goes the same with backsplash. The backsplash seals the spaces between the counters and appliances and your upper cabinets. Tiling walls beyond the backsplash are overload. Because granite tile is a bold material, use it on just one type of surface – backsplash, counter or floor. Otherwise, use it sparingly on a second surface. An instance is tiling your entire floor with granite but mixing granite tile with other materials on your backsplash, or tiling a center island but not other countertops.
Selecting Granite Tile
Granite tile comes in neutral colors like white, brown, beige, blacks, greens, blues and reds. The grain or crystal patterns can be dense, tight, loose or dramatic such as these the granite tile collection with different colors. There are several finished available, the most common of which are polished, honed and fined—the latter two lack polished granite’s sleek finish. Pick a combination of color, grain, and finish that complements your kitchen design style. A good selection is a polished tile that works well in contemporary spaces, matt finishes and rougher textures that work better for an old creation feel. Modify your choice of grain to other patterns you are using. If you are using bold pattern elsewhere, stick with a tight, subtle grain on your tile. It is safe to opt for the bolder tile grain such as Butterfly Green and Yanshan Green if other surfaces are fairly solid.
Granite Tile Installation
Granite tile requires a solid, stable substrate. Plywood covered with cement backer board works well on horizontal surfaces like kitchen countertops and floors. You can install directly to your backsplash walls as long as the walls are in good repair. Adhere tiles to surfaces by using a thin set. Grout the joints to seal any spaces, preferably with a grout that fits the tile color to make the joints less distinguishable. Always fill your grout to protect it against staining. Constantly fill the tiles if they’ll be exposed to standing water or to substances that might stain.
Remodeling kitchen is a big deal. It is not something to be approached rashly. But with careful planning, the right selection of materials and seeking advice from professionals, upgrading a kitchen will be feasible. The ideas above can refresh, modernize your kitchen.
- Tyler W