Tile countertops are the frosting on the cake when it comes to decorating your kitchen. Kitchen tiles are available in such a wide selection that almost any countertop design is possible, from apple-green ceramic tiles to zebra-print porcelain tiles. As long as the resulting surface is durable, relatively smooth and easy to clean, it's suitable for the kitchen.
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Beachside Tile Countertop
You don't have to own a beach house to create a seaside tile countertop in your kitchen. Trim the countertop with small, blue, wave-shaped ceramic tiles. Wave-shape tiles look like small rectangles with a single wave across the long sides. Use a mixture of small wave-shaped tiles in fish-pattern, light blue and pale aqua blue to cover the top of the counter. Use the countertop on white, tan, blue or wood cabinets.
Contemporary Tile Countertop
Keep your kitchen style fresh with a contemporary tile countertop consisting of sleek slate. Trim the countertop and back of the backsplash with thin, rectangular, dark slate tiles. Use medium-size, rectangular, light slate tiles to create a straight line from the top of the backsplash to the front of the counter. Use medium slate tiles to create a line next to the light slate and keep alternating between the light and medium slate. Match the countertops with contemporary cabinets in any colour.
Farmhouse Tile Countertop
Use red and white ceramic tiles to create a bold countertop with a farmhouse style. Cover the top of the counter with a checkered pattern consisting of small, square, ceramic tiles in dark red and red. Trim the side of the counter and the top of the backsplash with dark red tile. Fill the backsplash with a checkered pattern consisting of white and red tiles. Pair the countertop with white or light wood cabinets.
Mosaic Tile Countertop
Combine broken tile pieces to create a colourful mosaic countertop for your kitchen. As long as each tile sits at the correct height and results in a smooth surface, any kind of counter tile will work. Use an assortment of plain and patterned tile shards to keep the design interesting, but not overwhelming. For example, use red, blue, tan, cream and grey tiles with blue-and-white check, green-and-yellow dot and purple-swirled black tiles. The best cabinet style for the counters depends on the resulting mosaic style.
Natural Tile Countertop
Enhance the earthy feel of your kitchen with a natural stone tile countertop. Cover the counters with flagstone tiles in assorted colours and shapes. Select flagstones that include rust, mustard, brown, light grey and dark grey hues. Use flagstones with a rounded end to create a short backsplash. Cut and finish the rounded side of the stones so that the top of the backsplash creates a line of smooth waves. Pair the countertop with simple or hand-carved wood cabinets.
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