Many kitchen trends have been in the spotlight. Tiled benchtops disappeared for a while and then suddenly resurfaced and made a comeback. A fad you thought was gone for good when stone and timber benchtops came to the surface. However, this is not the case anymore. No more glazed tiles that come in autumnal tones that ended up gracing the kitchens in the 1970s they did, however, add visual delight to kitchens from basic to the high ends.
In a new home sitting on Victoria Mornington Peninsula inside a very, ultra-contemporary kitchen, the designers used a tiled island to create a dramatic effect. The reason for this was to create a textured environment as the bench was extra large, and it fitted right in with the rural setting. As we step back, the need for visual interest and texture becomes more apparent. In an open-plan area, the tiled island helps the kitchen go from a basic room to a focal point.
We see many Paris apartments that have tiled benchtops, in the classic white and black colour scheme which is looking fresh in the 21st century. The tiled benchtops go from the kitchen and continue into the adjacent bathroom when most often the sink is also tiled.
The Everstone porcelain hexagon tile is famous for this benchtop in the Paris apartments, so they become more of a feature.
The glazed ceramic tiles were commonly used on benchtops in the 70s, which now seem impractical. As they didn’t seem to have the tiles suitable for benchtops then and they were more prone to chipping, breaking and scratching as they lacked the technology we have now. If benchtops are tiled, they need to be sealed especially in water rooms like the kitchen and bathroom.
You need to be aware that your tiler will either make or break the job of tiled benchtops. They need to get laid with perfect precision, so you don’t end up with an uneven surface. Most professional tilers will recommend using Mapei’s Kerapoxy grout. This grout is harder to work with; it is a premium grade grout that is chemical and stain-resistant.
To lower your risk of grout becoming discoloured over time, consider using a dark grout if it works in with the tiles you have chosen.
Tiles have not been seen on benchtops in several decades, which is when they were striking colours and were very vibrant. Matching tiles with splashbacks now is more acceptable with the different textures and colour rangers that we have available to us. It seems people were braver back then with their colours rather than today where we see white, grey and blacks being the most popular for tiled countertops. This is either due to homeowners going for a more safer look as these colours provide a classy and elegant finish to any design or the fact that these colours are now available for a more cost-efficient price. They are also much easier to maintain, However, sometimes mixing and matching the colours of your kitchen to make it look more vibrant may actually turn out to be the best idea yet.
If you love the retro days, you can preserve the kitchen’s retro style, look with the vibrant tiled benchtops. The old green and vibrant oranges are very hard to come by when it comes to ordering them. We still have people who are trying to get used to the idea of using tiles on their benchtops.
We tend to forget that porcelain benchtops are just an extensive tile, measuring around 3m x 1.5m and you don’t need to use grout. Porcelain slab benchtops are the best heat and stain-resistant types on the market.
You either love tiled benchtops or hate them; there is no in-between with those.