Metro tiles are, in my opinion, one of the best tile options for kitchen splashbacks. There are certain types of tiles which are better suited for kitchens rather than domestic bathrooms and vice versa. And metro tiles, even though can be installed in bathroom, are just better for kitchens. Mosaic, on the other hand, I see more in bathroom installations rather than kitchens. Basically if you want to refresh your outdated kitchen and don’t know where to start, metro tiles should be high up on your shopping list.
Now the good thing about metro tiles is that not only you can choose from wide range of colours and finishes, like matt, honed, polished or glossy, but also different materials. Glass, ceramic, porcelain, marble, stone, copper, aluminium, mirror the list goes on. What’s more you can also choose how you want them to be installed. Herringbone, stacked, horizontal or vertical. The edges can be smooth or bevelled.
Natural stone such as marble is also a great choice if your budget allows it. The interesting thing is that it adds another dimension with its unique pattern which only mother nature can create. Each tile is different. Also with natural stone you can have them cut to any size so you don’t have to stick to the standard 7.5 x 15cm.
Marble has to be specially treated and sealed as it is naturally porous. But the extra attention is totally worth it. For extra drama you can also go for this one. Dark and metallic. Some of these tiles are even coated with real gold.
Metro tiles are so versatile. You can play with so many options and also the colour of the grout. It doesn’t always have to be white or matching the tile. Go for contrast I say.
Where to get good quality metro tiles?
I would first start with Fired Earth. They have such a wide range that you will be immediately inspired. For more modern tiles I would go to Surface Tiles. Finally for natural stone I’d recommend Mandarin Stone.
If you’re stuck on choosing tiles for your splash back I’m happy to help. Just send me a quick email with a photo of your kitchen and I will be able to put you in the right direction.