The kitchen is the true heart of the house: it is not only the place where we prepare and eat the main meals, but also the place where we can welcome friends, carry out various household tasks and, above all, make time for ourselves and our hobbies, experimenting in the stoves.
For this reason, the kitchen should present an exquisite design, in keeping with our tastes, and satisfying both the aesthetic sense and the needs for comfort and functionality. Furniture items and covers should create a comfortable and welcoming environment, able to convey a feeling of comfort and warmth to the guests, as well as surprise with sparkles of creativity.
For this reason, choosing the most suitable floor and wall tiles for the kitchen is a big challenge: of all the materials available, ceramic is definitely the best solution.
In the design stages of a residential area, choosing the right floor and wall tiles is essential for the kitchen to become the undisputed champion of the home: only achieving the perfect combination of kitchen wall tiles and furniture provides balance and character to the environment. How do you design a modern, safe and welcoming kitchen?
Learn to recognize the properties of ideal ceramics
The color of the cladding provides balance in the kitchen
Tiles and tiles in the kitchen must balance the colors of the rest of the décor. For example, in a kitchen with light-colored furniture and dark shelves, flooring that matches the tones of the shelves — as opposed to the tones of the furniture — can harmonize the look of the room and enhance the modern character of the shelves. Cooking plate, electrical appliances and other details.
In general, dark kitchen cabinets are a good reference when choosing a tile color, especially when the furniture is particularly eclectic and has different tones, with eye-catching motifs or strong accents. The choice of decorative coverings should be evaluated based on the finishes and graphic elements of the tile, which should evoke the color of the darkest piece of furniture.
The size of the kitchen ceramic tile affects the perception of space
The importance of the size and shape of the tiles is often not taken into account in the perception of space: this also applies to the kitchen. In order to succeed in choosing the perfect ceramic model, you must consider the dimensions of the room and the desired pattern.
The most refined and modern kitchens are enhanced with oversized tiles to reduce joints and create a sense of spaciousness and visual continuity. On the other hand, for country-style kitchens, it is preferable to use pieces of smaller dimensions, for example, hydraulic tiles in chalk colors or colored molika, since the small shape serves to enhance the color differences and the creativity of their décor. The smaller the size of the tile, the richer and more vibrant the effect of the decorative pavement.
Graphics and finishes add character to the kitchen
The trim and trim motifs are a refined element that enriches the kitchen design with elegance and character. However, not all decorative pieces fit into any style and this type of design is not always the best solution.
Floor tiles that introduce graphic elements and chalk finishes or that reproduce the effect of another material can enhance the décor with a classic or traditional imprint, with original antique furniture or vintage natural materials, but can, however, create confusion and difference in a modern kitchen or line. Modern more refined.
Graphics and finishes should never be excessive so as not to distract attention from the decoration or create stifling environments. If you choose exotic motifs, it is recommended to use them only on surfaces of limited dimensions, leaving a wall or a recess area, or at least try to balance with neutral or soft colors. The recommendation is to be careful with the tones and size of the different elements to create a perfect harmony between the pieces of furniture and ceramics and to design welcoming environments that never tire.
The choice of style helps define the characteristics of the kitchen
Having a clear idea of the atmosphere or style you want to create facilitates interior design, allowing you to more accurately assess the characteristics of the ceramic piece that is most suitable for your kitchen idea. It is not always easy to get the right look or consistently meet all aesthetic expectations.
Here are five design proposals to focus on trend styles and transform the kitchen into an original, upscale space and, above all, to match your personality.
1) Brick effect: a versatile trend for classic and contemporary kitchens
Brick effect ceramic tiles are an eclectic solution to enhance the charm of classic kitchens or accentuate the urban character of modern kitchens.
Thanks to the versatility of ceramics, brick tiles are available in a variety of colors and finishes, from a warm brick effect, to antique stoneware to simple, clean, modern white.
Stone tiles in this shape also have many advantages compared to the bricks inspired by it: ceramic tiles are resistant, durable, easy to clean, not afraid of chemical products and disinfectants: they are the right solution for designing kitchens in classic, urban or contemporary style.
Choosing this type of tile means experiencing the magic of the kitchen every day as a sharing space and at the same time evocative of the magic of New York lofts.
Is brick effect cladding more suitable for a classic or contemporary kitchen? The look of the brick-style tiles enhances the decoration of both contemporary and traditional contexts, as it all depends on the style of the kitchen and the furniture chosen. Everything should be consistent and harmonious, reflect the philosophy, the sensations that we want to convey to our guests and the emotions that we want to indulge in in the most intimate moment of the day.
Not just industrial: the brick effect is the protagonist of shabby chic kitchens
Ceramic tiles in the form of bricks are often associated exclusively with industrial-style kitchens, inspired by an urban setting. The natural and material aspect of brick is also suitable for highlighting the decoration of simple kitchens in a vintage style, as is the case with shabby chic kitchens.
Creative and basic urban kitchen with brick style tiles
Decorating an urban style kitchen means betting on a design full of expressive possibilities without giving up a simple, informal space. Rigoli Brick Effect Wall Tile is the new Marca Corona tile with an industrial chic character, ideal for revamping the look of a kitchen, accentuating old items already in place and offering a wide range of colors of different intensity and finishes.
What is better for kitchen wall tiles with a brick effect: glossy or glossy?
Color and measurements are not the only characteristics to consider when choosing a brick type tile. The brightness or opacity of the wall tiles contributes to defining the perception of the kitchen, capturing the character of the environment through the play of light.
Thanks to its sheen, glossy polished tiles are a recommended solution to make a small kitchen appear larger, or to make a dark kitchen appear brighter. On the other hand, the opacity of the tiles with a matte finish makes for a more intimate and welcoming rustic kitchen décor. Satin is also back in fashion in modern and design settings, combined with metallic details and pastel colors for a very elegant effect.
2) Light colors are ideal for making a small kitchen seem more spacious
When searching for the perfect ceramic solution for the kitchen, we are faced with such a variety of proposals that sometimes one of the most classic and functional options gets lost: light tones . Bright colors are not always the best choice for kitchen and dining room wall and floor tiles.
Light-colored tiles and tiles are the perfect solution to expand the concept of space, and therefore ideal for a fresh and sober taste in a small kitchen. Light floor and wall tiles reflect more light into the room and tend to soften and surround the corners of the kitchen, amplifying its spaciousness.
A light shade can become an excellent stylistic resource for creating a spacious environment, to play with a nice contrast when combined with dark graphic elements, or to revive a creative space simply by choosing a filler of a different color or a darker tone between tiles.
Light colors convey a sense of order and cleanliness. The advantage of ceramics is the ability to count on flawless tiles of light colors. The ease of maintenance and cleaning of porcelain stoneware, a non-absorbent and resistant material that can be treated with any detergent and disinfectant, allows it to withstand even the most difficult cooking attempts: stains and traces of dirt are not really the Achilles heel of frank and elegant white tiles.
However, the space perception in a room like the kitchen also depends on how much light is reflected: in addition to light tones, glazed tiles and glossy finishes certainly enhance the light’s echo. Therefore, gloss is the best option to make the room look more spacious, modern and stylish.
3) Modern solutions for open kitchens: large formats
Oversized ceramic stoneware is the perfect solution for designing an open kitchen with a sophisticated and contemporary character. Elimination of the separations between the kitchen and the living room requires a complete redefinition of the spaces, which must be unified and at the same time sufficient to perform the function of each individual.
The oversized pieces manage to provide maximum visual continuity, clean comfort and aesthetic harmony in different environments. The large volume ceramic proposal developed by Marca Corona is very broad and is committed to meeting the different needs of designing modern and multifunctional spaces.
The collection’s inspired wall tiles highlight the refinement of marble effect through innovative graphics. Surfaces with a slate stone effect are the perfect choice to expand the concept of space in a smooth and harmonious way, through a sober and versatile color palette.
On the other hand, the concrete effect ceramic stone flooring stage introduces the essential charm of industrial style, enhances the character of the open kitchen and enhances the design of furniture and accessories – such as wood or metal chairs with basic lines, satin or retro ceiling lamps, rods – made from natural or recycled materials .
The large volume stoneware has been studied to amplify the visual impact of the open space, and thanks to the neutral and homogeneous color palette, the large formats of Marca Corona increase the gloss and contribute to the soft and uniform spread of light.
5) Wood effect in the kitchen: natural elegance and resistance
imitation wood kitchen tiles
When it comes to choosing warm floor and wall tiles for the kitchen, wood-effect ceramics are undoubtedly the most prevalent trend.
Why do architects and interior designers prefer wood-effect ceramics for kitchens over natural wood and parquet floors? there are many reasons.
On the one hand, if the charm of authentic antique wood cladding is hard to resist, ceramics have advantages that cannot be ignored, especially in environments that, like the kitchen, are very challenging.
Porcelain stoneware is able to faithfully reproduce the grain and aesthetic properties of different types of wood without giving up the technical and functional advantages of ceramics: for example, this material is more resistant and durable than parquet, which is more easily damaged and requires more care and treatment.
Porcelain stoneware floors and walls retain the wood effect of their color and beauty unchanged over time, resist stains, are easy to maintain and are unaffected by light, which is the main cause of discoloration of materials in natural wood floors.
Ceramic – unlike natural wood slats – is resistant to scratches, impacts, dirt on the floor or accidental drops of kitchen utensils. In addition, in the distant hypothesis that a piece of ceramic has undergone obvious superficial damage, it can be easily replaced: on the other hand, replacing a plank is complicated, since the new piece will be very different in degree and wear compared to others previously laid.
What wood effect pattern to choose for kitchen floors and walls? Ceramics reinterprets oak in a very elegant and versatile way, with a choice of different types of ivory, beige, tan and gold, which evoke the most natural and warmer suggestions of wood, through a functional 20 x 120 cm format.
Alternatively, wood-effect flooring and wall tiles from the collection are perfect for complementing the kitchen’s decor with a more modern, Nordic-inspired feel, thanks to the creative blend of warm oak wood grain with geometric motifs and motifs. Inspired by the natural world, it is also presented in an unprecedentedly cool version.
The kitchen and dining room should be a quiet and pleasant place that welcomes those who use it with a warm embrace. Wood-effect porcelain turns the kitchen into the true heart of the home: No matter if it’s a small or large space, with a kitchen design worthy of the name, everyone feels the urge to cook.
Wood-effect ceramic pieces manage to give any contemporary kitchen the charm of a casual and relaxed space while at the same time a healthy and safe space that stands up to the time and abuse of the most clumsy chef.
Ceramic ensures resistance and reliability for any style
Whatever design project you dream of for your kitchen, the versatility of ceramics will help you achieve a result with great aesthetic effect and superior performance in terms of resistance, safety, hygiene and cleaning convenience, as described in the article devoted to the advantages of ceramic tiles.
The kitchen is the center of coexistence in the house: so choosing the most suitable pattern and color for floor and wall tiles is imperative. Marca Corona Porcelain Stoneware for Kitchen comes in different shapes, patterns and colors to inspire you and take on a project according to your desired style: classic, glamorous, modern, industrial or retro.