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Using Stone Tiles in the Kitchen

Last Updated Nov 17, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

The kitchen is one of the most heavily used rooms in the home so you want to use materials that are not only hardwearing and durable but that are attractive, as it is the place where people really tend to congregate.  One material that really fits the bill is stone tiles. Their beauty and practicality are unmatched by anything else available on the market.  Here’s everything you need to know about using stone tiles in the kitchen.  To select ones that are perfect for your home, simply visit your nearest tile supplier.

What are Stone Tiles?

A stone tile is a thin slab of some type of natural stone. It is cut into the desired shape and then affixed into position using special tile adhesives and grout.  Stone tiles can be left in their natural state or they can be sealed.  Sealing is important as stone tiles are naturally porous.

Options in Stone Tiles

Stone tiles are a lot more versatile than you might think, coming in a range of types and colours. Stone tiles can be:
  • Granite

  • Travertine

  • Marble

  • Limestone

  • Sandstone

  • Slate
And you’ll find that the tiles come in a magnificent range of colours, from pale whites right through to dark greys and even blacks and everything in between.  Each stone tile is uniquely patterned and when laid together, they look absolutely marvellous. Nothing compares to the beauty of natural stone, especially when used to best effect in the kitchen.

Where to Use Stone Tiles in the Kitchen

Stone tiles are a great choice for the kitchen as they are so versatile. They are ideal for flooring as they are so durable. In fact, you’ll probably replace your cabinets and appliances long before you need to change your flooring! You can also use stone tiles as your benchtop surface to create a gorgeous, rustic country look. You just have to be sure to keep both the stone and the grout well sealed.  Another popular use for stone tiles is as a splashback due to the fact that they are heat resistant and easy to clean.  They also look magnificent and turn your splashback into a real feature.  Another idea for using stone tiles in your kitchen is to clad your kitchen island with them, creating the look of a natural stacked stone bench.

Stone Tiles are Beautiful

Even though stone tiles are often more expensive than their counterparts, they are an enduringly popular choice for using in kitchens.  This is because they are such a beautiful material. Nothing comes close to the sheer elegance, warm and style of stone. Best of all, stone is always in fashion – it is timeless and it does not date. This means you can install a granite or marble splashback or a sandstone floor an you can feel confident that it will look just as good in twenty years time.  Natural stone is also a very individual material. That is, even if you choose the same stone tiles as someone else, the differences in the appearances of each and every tile means that every stone tiled area is unique and unable to be replicated.
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