Secret Kitchen Tiling Ideas You Wish You Knew Earlier

There’s no use denying it. Kitchen tiling is back and better than ever before. Interior designers are going crazy about the wide range of patterns, styles, colours and sizes available. Homeowners are loving the clean, minimalist and upmarket feel tiles bring into their kitchens. Though there is one problem – how do you know which kitchen tiles to use and where should they go?

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Kitchen tiling 101

Tiles have been traditionally used for kitchen floors and walls. While we can certainly see this trend remaining, there is another even more popular one. The clever use of kitchen tiling on the walls has taken the average ho hum kiwi kitchen and turned it into a designer masterpiece. But how do they do it? That’s the secret…

  • Use a professional tiler – kitchen tiles are not like paint. They require careful surface preparation, use of the correct tools and materials and experience in tile placement. While it may look simple on You Tube, tiling is a technical skill which tiling tradespeople have spent many hours learning. Smart home-owners realise that for kitchen tiling to look great they need to invest in both a quality product and service. We’ve got plenty of kitchen tilers ready to quote for your job right now too!
  • Tile repetition – nothing screams inconsistency and low-budget more than mismatched tiles. Stick to one type of tile and use it throughout your kitchen.
  • Tiled kitchen splash-backs – kitchen tile splashbacks standalone no more. Nowadays the entire wall which contains the splashback is tiled, giving more continuity and flow to our kitchens. Kitchen subway tiles are proving incredibly popular. Older historical homes suit these particularly well, helping them blend seamlessly with more modern home design ideas.
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  • Tile choice – use the right tiles in the right places. Floor tiles are sturdier, withstand heavy foot traffic and are less slippery. Wall tiles are designed for visual appeal rather than wear and tear, but are splash proof. Due to their fragile nature, glass tiles are mostly used on walls, particularly as splashback tiles.
  • Kitchen tile placement – choosing the best places to install tiles depends on a few factors. What size tiles do you prefer? Do you want to use any other building or design products in the room? Do you want a feature area or tiles throughout the room? Tiles are a resilient product, but they can chip and crack. Will your family’s lifestyle suit where you would like to have tiles installed, such as bench-tops, floors or walls?

Hiring your professional tiler

If you are still struggling with what tiles to choose and where to use them within your kitchen, don’t worry. We’ve got a large team of professional tilers ready to help you from tile design and colours through to installation and maintenance.

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Post your job today and your inbox will soon be filling up with quotes from our team of tiling tradies! Or if you want to have a look at what a tiling job might cost you, try our free online cost estimator before posting a job.


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bathroom remodelling trendsBathroom remodelling trends are topping the list of home-improvement projects for homeowners, closely followed by kitchen renovations. For many homeowners, the bathroom is fast becoming more than a functional space in our house. It’s a place where we can relax, unwind and pamper ourselves. When looking at bathroom remodelling trends, we’re seeing more stylish and luxurious bathrooms in which to prepare for work in the morning or unwind with a hot bath at night.


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You can create your personal slice of paradise by transforming your master bathroom into a spa like environment. You won’t have to travel and can escape to tranquillity in your home as often as you are able to. Keep reading to find ideas from Builderscrack for turning your master bathroom into your own at home spa retreat. (more…)

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tilerTilers are responsible for all aspects of tile laying in several environments. These often include domestic kitchens and bathrooms.

Another common area of their work is in swimming pool construction. Some tilers will specialise in certain areas, such as marble fixing, restoration, or underwater tile repair.

Others will specialise in mosaic tiles, thus their work contains an artistic element in the laying process.

You will need to hire a professional tiler whenever you require tiles to be laid. Virtually all tilers work on both walls and floors, and they are able to work with a variety of materials, from ceramics to slate. If the job is only a small one then just a single tiler is needed. However, with larger projects, for example laying swimming pool tiles, a group of tilers will be needed.

A tiler must be able to work out the quantity of materials needed by taking measurements or by looking at job specifications or drawings. Other skills a reputable tiler need include being able to:

  • look at plans, measure and mark surfaces to be covered and lay out work
  • prepare wall and floor surfaces by removing old tiles, grout, cement and adhesive
  • fill all holes and cracks, and then clean surfaces
  • attach tiles to surfaces, using correct adhesive, making sure that patterned tiles match
  • use tile-cutting tools to cut and shape tiles needed for edges, corners, or around obstacles such as fittings and pipes
  • space and even the tiles by using tools such as spirit levels, squares and plumb-lines
  • prepare and apply grout, remove excess grout, clean and polish tiles
  • lay floors of cement, granolithic, terrazzo or similar composition
  • apply waterproofing systems

The services offered by a tiler include:

  • Bathroom tiling
  • Floor tiling
  • Kitchen tiling
  • Tile repair
  • Tile removal
  • Tile fixing
  • Tiling for splash back
  • Tile polishing
  • Tile sealing
  • Fireplace tiling
  • Shower tiling
  • Pool tiling
  • Outdoor tiling

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flooringA flooring contractor installs, repairs and maintains floor coverings in residential homes and commercial properties.  They often specialize in a specific kind of floor material, such as tiles, or offer services for all floor types.  Other specialists  may focus on groups of materials, such as vinyl and lino or wooden flooring.

Floor coverings include different types of materials like hardwood, tile, laminate, stone, carpet, vinyl and linoleum. Homeowners hire flooring contractors to prep the floor before laying of the covering, or to repair or refinish existing floor coverings. A contractor is also used to restore historic floor materials including hardwood, tiles and stone.

Homeowners will usually contact several flooring contractors to request pricing and information for their home. A contractor will generally visit the home to discuss this before providing a quote or estimate.  A contractor may also organise cleaning up and disposal of existing floor products.

Their work involves carpet, polish, sanding, carpet strippers, strip cutters, vinyl tools, knee kickers, flooring clamps, moisture meters, laminate, hardwood, softwood, cork, tile, mosaic, floorboard.

The services of a flooring contractor include:

  • Laying carpet, hardwood, vinyl, tiles, laminate flooring & other flooring materials
  • Sanding and polishing hardwood
  • Carpet modification
  • Floor repair and replacement
  • Carpet repair
  • Carpet edging
  • Floorboard repair and replacement

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