A guide to choosing tiles for your first home – Part one: Kitchens

Thursday 28 July 2016, Written by Laura Tompkins Tags: Kitchen

All your boxes are unpacked (well sort of) and dreams of the perfect Pinterest inspired kitchen have been flooding your imagination on a daily or perhaps even hourly basis! Moving into your first home is of course incredibly exciting but let’s face it, it’s pretty overwhelming too. Free design reign opens up a world of style opportunities; do you go with simple Scandinavian, ultra contemporary or for a farmhouse feel? Maybe you have no idea where to start, so here are a few things to consider along the way.


If you’re moving into a newly built home then you might be more likely to opt for a contemporary feel. Choosing simple fixtures and fittings will help to create a timeless space that can be updated with accessories and even tiles! Try Glassworks Copper Leaf for a glamorous contemporary feel, we recommend using a professional tiler that can cut, fix and grout your tiles for you, check out your local dealer here who will have lists of local tilers.

For something a little more understated try our Tileworks collection, large format tiles are great for creating a contemporary feel like Sandstorm, which works perfectly with a simple White Artworks Brick as shown below.

For a more traditional style or a Victorian period property look no further than our Victorian Floor Tile collection, choose from complex and intricate patterns or even a simple checkerboard or octagon dot, the choice is yours and these tiles are highly durable making them suitable for spillages and daily traffic!


There are plenty of sensible yet beautiful tile options for those on a budget, but investing wisely in hard wearing wall and floor tiles will set you up for years to come. Try Alaska from the Tileworks collection in a neutral white shade as shown below, this is a great understated choice for walls and floors and comes in at an affordable price!

For more of an investment, natural stone is a fantastic investment and will look beautiful for years to come as stone ages gracefully, check out the full brochure here. 

Lighting and Size

Size is a really important feature when deciding your kitchens style, if you have a smaller kitchen area then opt for tiles with reflective qualities as they make the space appear much bigger. Simple field or brick tiles work well, especially from the Winchester Tile Collection as the glossy glazes have highly reflective qualities, which are great for making a room appear bigger. To create even more of an illusion of extra space try Antique Mirror from the Glassworks collection.


Choosing a colour scheme can be difficult too, you may have already changed your mind once or twice on which colour cabinets or tiles you would like! If you’re thinking of brightening up a space with some colour try using a strip of Mosaics. Using a small splash of colour is enough to lift any drab kitchen into life especially when combined with new accessories or updating cabinet door handles. But colour isn’t the only way to make a room interesting! There are plenty of other tools at your disposal like texture, contrast and pattern that can enhance a neutral or drab space.

If that’s not enough inspiration for choosing tiles for your first home, then head over to our Pinterest boards or Inspiration pages for more idea’s.

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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