Kitchen Floor With Ceramic Tiles
It has been a challenge to come up with some good photographs of my kitchen floor. Who takes pictures of their floor? Still, it’s an important part of the kitchen and immediately sets the feeling for everything else in the room as soon as it is seen and stepped on.
This worn, natural-looking tile came in two sizes to give variety: a 7″ square and a 7″ x 14″ rectangle. After experimenting with several tile pattern layouts on the floor, I decided on this one because of its similarity to how the bricks in the kitchen chimney were arranged.
Their color was a major deciding factor. The browns are somewhat similar to the tones in some of the brick but are darker overall and in some places look like worn leather or ancient pottery. With their slight bevel on the edges, they create a slightly irregular non-industrial surface.
When entering the kitchen from the sunroom, the general layout of the tile tends to move the eye to the back wall due to the unbroken lines, but the feel of the floor beneath your feet causes you to pause and consider the man-made, handcrafted appeal of the tile.
My best tip when working with ceramic tile (a tip you won’t find in most “how-to’s”) is to first sort the tiles by their pattern or “printing.” Even though they may all initially look different, most ceramic tile will have only 4 to 6 different patterns or “printings.”
Stack each group so that they are all oriented the same way. Use painter’s tape to label all of the tile in each group as “A,” “B,” “C,” etc. Then when you lay out the tile on the floor, don’t put the same letters next to each other and rotate them.
This way you will not be placing similar tiles next to each other which will immediately draw the eye to the fact that these are not uniquely individual tiles.
These photographs were taken November 2012 even though the floor tiling and grouting were completed Summer 2009.