Mediterranean style kitchens are currently in fashion and have been for some time. This can be attributed to a number of factors that are very apparent when you see one in the flesh. Mediterranean kitchens are warm, inviting and give you a sense of security that is present in very few other styles of kitchen and this is especially important when it comes to the latest trend of having the kitchen as the social centre of the home! The colours are what make it and certain materials tap right into this, including the Italian hand formed tile, which is as versatile as it is beautiful!
What Are Italian Hand Formed Tiles?
Italian hand formed tiles are often crafted out of various characteristically Italian materials, such as terracotta for example. They are hard wearing and durable and have a great presence in your kitchen. They tend to absorb the heat of the sun when it shows its face and so they keep the room cool in summer and warm in winter, as well as tending to brighten up the room as well! Their warm colours make the kitchen appear more homely and inviting. However, they do tend to be a little more expensive than regular tiles, but every penny is worth it!
Italian Hand Formed Tile Uses
Italian hand formed tiles can be used for wall and floor tiling, as well as on kitchen countertops, although the latter does tend to be more rare than the former two.
• Flooring seems to be the most popular use for Italian hand formed tile because it does not tend to be slippery and is easy to maintain and clean. There are a variety of sizes of tile available so you can choose the one that best fits your kitchen and pantry floor.
• Wall tiling is also fairly popular as a result of its ability to lighten the room up, although if it is used for the walls then many homeowners actually choose to cover the bottom half of the wall with tiles and paint the top half to avoid overkill. They are homely if used correctly. If not then they can make the room appear cramped.
• Countertops covered in Italian formed hand tile are more rare but have the same effect. They are beginning to gain a little popularity because they are so hardwearing and easy to maintain. The countertops are usually manufactured separately and do not often appear with the floor and wall tiling.
No matter what you choose to use Italian hand formed tiles for, you will have a plethora of choices available to you. You can choose from a variety of warm colours and patterns so you can effectively use them to customize your kitchen.
Some of the most popular tiles are those featuring mosaic designs, which can add a little character to a kitchen. However, many homeowners choose to combine the mosaic ones with traditional terracotta tiling to break the pattern up and prevent the floor or wall becoming too busy.
Classic Italian hand formed tile is available from most specialist kitchen suppliers and showrooms because it is extremely desirable. You will have many colours and patterns to choose from, but you will be able to see what they look like owing to demonstration units. This will help you to effectively judge which ones will work best in your kitchen and give a head start on making your kitchen the centre of your home!