Finishing the kitchen tiles and wallpaper

The kitchen is the place where many of us spend most of our time eating, talking with our families, watching TV and reading the newspaper. Therefore, it is very important that this room looks cozy and beautiful - so that you want to return there.

If you decide to do the finishing of the kitchen tiles and wallpaper, then note that this is not as easy as it seems. After all, wallpaper and tile must withstand high temperatures and water ingress, otherwise they will very quickly become unusable. How exactly and what is better to choose - you will learn from this article.


Wallpaper for the kitchen has become quite a familiar thing. Because now there are so many suitable options on the market that you can choose any one you like. If only he was moisture resistant, non-staining and matched in color to the furniture.

What kinds of wallpapers are there?

  • Paper. The easiest and cheapest option. Tape them cooking zone will not work, because they quickly become useless, but in the dining area, they will serve for a long time.Now it is quite popular to glue paper wallpapers above the kitchen table, good, in the shops you can find them for every taste.
  • Flizelinovye. In all respects, better than paper - stronger, airtight (the fungus does not start), they can be washed and repainted. This wallpaper, of course, is much better suited for the kitchen. Moreover, due to the fact that they can be repainted, you can easily change the furniture in the kitchen, without trying to match it to the color of the walls.
  • Vinyl. This is one of the most popular options. They are durable, easy to clean and hide any irregularities, but they let the air through, so you need to treat the surface with an anti-fungal coating before sticking. Vinyl wallpapers also accumulate dust, but a damp rag can easily handle this.
  • Glass fiber A relatively new look, which, besides strength, has another significant advantage - durability. These wallpapers will last you 20-30 years, they are easy to wash, and you can repaint them up to twenty times. Wallpapers are suitable only for smooth walls and are more expensive than all of the above.
  • There are several other types of wallpaper - bamboo, liquid, wallpaper. But they are suitable strictly for the area where you have dinner, since everything is rather branded and it is not recommended to wash them.


Ceramic tiles - the most reliable and budget option for repair.Time-tested, he has never failed. Ceramics can withstand high temperatures, is easy to wash and comes in different forms, suitable for almost any room.

Most often in kitchen design tile is used to decorate the working area or the so-called "apron". It is logical to place the tile exactly where you cook the most, because whatever washing wallpaper is, the tile is still less susceptible to dirt, water and high temperatures.

Sizes and shapes of tiles:

  • Square. Starting from a very small size 10x10, ending 60x60, and in some stores you can find more, although quite rarely.
  • Rectangle. This is the size of 25x40, 31x50 and so on. In many companies you can find sizes for every taste. This tile is most often used to design the apron.
  • Tile under the brick, with the name "pig". It has beveled edges, as a rule, glossy, monophonic. Standard size: 7.5 x 45 centimeters.
  • Mosaic. The smaller the mosaic, the more impractical it is for a kitchen, since dirt will clog up in the gap, and it is not very convenient to clean them. There is also an imitation of mosaic tiles of different sizes.It may look fresh and interesting to decorate the interior.
  • Decorative panel. The kitchen has no monochrome walls for a long time, the owners prefer to dilute the colors with ceramics with pictures. Especially popular elements of kitchen utensils, food, flowers or berries.

There is also a division in appearance - it is a glossy and matte surface. The difference is that the glossy is covered with a layer of glass on top and looks more brilliant, whereas the matte is not covered with anything, and its color is more subdued.

For kitchen walls a glossy surface is more suitable. Since it is easier to wash and due to the more convex shape does not allow fat to accumulate. In addition, its shiny surface works almost like a mirror and visually enlarges the room.

Combination of materials

The family gathers in the kitchen not only to cook some kind of dish, but also to eat and rest. Therefore, to finish the room with tiles alone or only with wallpaper is not very reasonable. It will not look too beautiful.

With the help of tiles and wallpapers you can divide the kitchen into zones. For example, pave all those places where there is the most dirt (for example, the sink and the stove), and to paste wallpaper where there is a dining table.It will look stylish and will give the kitchen coziness.

It is necessary not to forget only about the combination of colors, for example, white or black wallpaper, as well as wallpaper with a pattern, will suit a beige tile. It should be careful at the junction of wallpaper and tile, because this is the most important area and make it somehow not work out - uneven junction will catch the eye.

Laying tiles

It all depends on the design you have planned and the size of the tile. However, there are several styling methods that have proven themselves over time.

  • The traditional way is when the tile is laid in even rows, forming a single grid, regardless of size.
  • With offset. The tile is laid diagonally, moving sideways with each new piece.
  • Diagonally. This means that the construction of the pieces comes from the corner. Square tiles are best for this method.

Wall decoration

It is important to remember about the combination of wallpaper and tile. If the kitchen is small, make flashy walls is not recommended. But if you want something bright, you can, for example, paint one wall in a bright color, for which you will be very useful wallpaper for painting. In this case, the tile and the rest of the wallpaper should be bought in the same tone to make the kitchen look harmonious.

Another frequent technique is to draw a horizontal or vertical line using a tile of a different color or pattern. This will decorate the room, and if the line is vertical, it will also delimit the space.

The alternation of tile in a checkerboard pattern is also a way to decorate the kitchen. Here, the way of laying is not so important, it is much more important to choose tiles by color and provide them with a harmonious neighborhood with wallpaper.

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