Ceramic tile for kitchen apron

Apron - this is the place that is constantly in sight at work or rest in the kitchen. Therefore, it is worth paying attention to its improvement. At the same time the apron should combine resistance to temperature effects and pollution, and also to please the eye with its beauty.

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The tile fits most closely to these parameters. Presence of set of variants of packing, various materials and color solutions allows to find a material for your taste and purse.

Varieties of tiles and types of styling

What kind of tile should I choose for my apron? Pottery is a durable material, it is easy to clean of contaminants, with a good putty joints in such a tile do not settle mold and fungus.

Also it has an affordable price, its installation is simpler than that of tiles made from other materials. So ceramics can be considered the best choice of material for an apron.

But there are many other options: if you are willing to invest in such more exotic materials as clay or glass, then there are options on the market according to your taste. Having chosen the necessary material, it is necessary to determine the form factor of styling. Below are the main form factors.

Large tiles

Она хороша тем, что ее укладка требует гораздо меньше времени. Но есть небольшая проблема: высота фартука может быть несоизмеримой с габаритами плитки, поэтому скорее всего придется подрезать материал.Large tiles - это выбор для тех, кто готов потратить деньги за большую скорость выполнения работы.

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Tile 10x10

Its advantages are undeniable:

  • Absence of undercuttings.
  • Пригодность для очень небольших кухонь. Tile 10x10 визуально увеличивает их фартуки. Также ее удобно укладывать в труднодоступных местах.
  • Many options for additional jewelry.

Its laying is rather complicated because of the large number of elements. There are solutions on the market simulating a small square tile, but in reality they are large blocks.

Due to the depressions on the surface it looks the same as the real 10x10 tile, but it fits as easily as a large one.

There are many stylistic decisions. The simplest is simply a one-color arrangement for the color of the kitchen. There are drawings that mimic various materials, for example, stone or wood. The chess order of colors is not bad.

Important! Care for the 10x10 tiles does not require special expenses, but for its cleaning you can not use coarse means (abrasive powders, soap and hard brushes), but the window cleaner is very good.

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Bricklaying

It is also called "Kabanchik". The edges of such tiles are in relation to the wall at an angle, which makes it look like bricks. Hence the name. And the informal name "boar" comes from the form of a tool for making such a tile that looked like a pig's patch.

The surface is generally glossy and smooth. Color solutions - monocolor or photographic printing. Since the surface is shiny, the photos on it will look especially realistic. Dimensions - from 7.5 / 15 cm to 15/45 cm.

Masonry can consist of conventional ceramics with a stylized brick, it can be clinker (here the bricks are made from clay, the advantages are obvious - strength and fire resistance), as well as gypsum (it is distinguished by cheapness, but it suffers strength and moisture resistance).

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Mosaic

Mosaic позволяет наиболее ярко выразить индивидуальность хозяина. Это возможно благодаря огромному многообразию рисунков и узоров.

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Mosaic - это плитка, поверхность которой разрезана на множество миниатюрных плиточек различных размеров и соотношений.

By combining color and size, you can create any drawing. The disadvantages of such a masonry include a relatively high cost, rapid clogging (due to the fact that dirt accumulates between small tiles).

It is very difficult to install it independently, it is better to call specialists. Also in the material securing the seams, moisture accumulates, which increases the risk of settling the fungus and mold, so pay special attention to the quality grout.

In total this masonry has 5 varieties: ceramic, glass, mirror, metal and stone.

Chips (small tiles) are rectangular and square in shape. Square chips are more versatile, rectangular ones are suitable for special design solutions.

If the budget does not allow, and decorate your kitchen you want, you can choose a conventional tile with a stylized mosaic. It looks almost indistinguishable from a real mosaic.

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Laying rhombus

Such a masonry is more complicated, but at the same time it can hide the geometric shortcomings in the design of the kitchen, and also looks like an original apron in a square.

But in small kitchens it is better not to use it, because visually it reduces the area.

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Tile Colors

It is better not to talk about colors in themselves, but about their advantageous combinations with those or other projects of the kitchen, because for each situation you can choose the most suitable solution.

Here you can not give any final and unambiguous recommendations, design is a creative business, there is always room for an original look and innovation. Nevertheless, there are some common tips, the pursuit of which will save very gross errors.

White is a classic. Neutral solution, especially suitable for ceramic tiles due to its glossiness.

But do not use white color in those rooms where objects have more than five colors - it does not always fit into such a variety.

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Orange color can compensate for the lack of a sense of the sun. It is well suited for an apron, if all the other walls of the kitchen are white. 

It will allocate an apron and give it special warmth. It also has the downside - the orange color is so bright that it displaces other colors. Therefore, apply it to the apron only if you are sure that it is made beautifully and deserves special attention of the guests.

Also orange can weary the eyes in the long run, so if you make an apron with this color, then do not do anything orange in the kitchen.

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Yellow color is much more moderate than orange, but it contains enough vitality and brightness. But even here you need to know the measure - if the "lemon" is the whole kitchen, then your eyes will not be so pleased with it.

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Beige color differs neutrality and a huge number of options. Dark colors are suitable for well-lighted aprons, and light colors will be suitable for those kitchens that do not have enough lighting.

Playing with different shades of beige, combining them, you can create interesting optical combinations. It is well combined with brown and blue flowers, with soft shades of red and green.

In general, beige color is well suited and in order to "quench" the effects of other excessively bright colors, to balance them.

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Black color is good if the rest of the kitchen is made in light colors. Such a contrast will be very intense.

Particularly interesting is its use with white to create a chess board effect. You can use black as a background for some stylistic drawing.

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Brown is great for styling wood and some other materials, which is especially valuable for masonry in brick or mosaic. In addition, it is one of the most non-marred colors.

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Green is an excellent antidepressant. And the kitchen, on which people usually dine after a hard day's work, would not hurt to give a calming effect. But do not combine it with the violet environment, also be careful with the combination of green and black.

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With red it is necessary to be cautious - from a holiday and a tonus it is very easy to pass to banal aggression. He also improves appetite. If you want people to pay attention to your apron, then choose a red color - you will not lose.

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Despite the fact that gray is considered a synonym for gloom and boredom, gray for an apron is a very good choice. It is the same classic as the white color, but with some shade of aristocracy, and in more metallic shades of gray - urbanism.

This color is very suitable for softening the colors of the surrounding interior, so choose it for the apron, if in general your kitchen is furnished with objects of bright color.

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Additional tips

  • The diagonal arrangement of tiles is most cost-effective, up to 15% of additional material costs.
  • Do not buy a tile exactly in size apron, always acquire it with a margin, since even official standards stipulate damage to part of the material during its installation. Take a tile with at least 10% margin.
  • The tile should go 1-2 cm behind the furniture, take this into account when calculating costs;
  • Do not use a large tile for small aprons - it will look incomplete, incomplete.
  • The glossy surface requires more thorough care, but its aesthetic appeal is worth it.
  • If you want to monitor the cleanliness of your tiles, ask the seller if it has protection from the effects of chemicals.
  • Treat the joints with a trowel, if you do not want moisture to accumulate there.

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