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A Ceramic Tile Counter Top Is The Way To Go

By Owen Jones

The latest fashion in kitchen counter tops or worktops, as they are also called, is to cover them in ceramic tiles. The ceramic tiles are the same ones that go on your floor or walls. people no longer care for the old MDF plastic coated worktops, pretty as they seemed to be until not so long ago. They are now so passe, darling! You simply must have a ceramic tile counter top in the kitchen.

There is such a wide range of ceramic tiles as well. There are thousands of styles of tiles in dozens of materials. There are stone, slate, ceramic and quarry tiles to name but a few of the materials utilized to make tiles. However, most people go for the ceramic tiles for their counter top, because there is more choice and they are less expensive.

Some of the designs obtainable for a ceramic tile counter top are plain, riven, patterned, mosaic, floral, rustic, country or artistic, but really, the world is your oyster when it comes to selecting ceramic tiles. They are also available in different sizes, but the most common are: 25 mm (one inch); 150 mm (six inches); 225 mm (nine inches) and 300 mm (one foot).

As you probably already know from your previous experience with tiling the kitchen and bathroom, ceramic tiles are very versatile. They can be cut or snapped fairly easily, once you get the knack and they are easily laid down although some tilers would rather one method and others another.

In Europe tiles are normally laid on lines of adhesive which have been laid down with an adhesive applicator. This method uses approximately half the adhesive you would normally use. In Asia they tend to lay tiles on a full bed of cement. It does not matter which technique you use for walls or your counter top as the tiles will not be subject to any weight.

A ceramic tile counter top in the kitchen is an outstanding idea because there is plenty of choice, they are simple to lay, hard-wearing and heat-resistant. It is a surprise that they did not catch on a long time ago.

Some people count the ceramic tiles above the work surface as part of the counter top although it is not really. It is part of the wall tiling. Anyway, select your tiles carefully, because you will be seeing them often. A lot of people decide to have an off-white splashback with a number of picture tiles placed at random but with a panel of six or eight tiles making a frieze in the centre. A granite counter top cut neatly around your hob and sink looks great. This style works best if you have a built-in sink and cooker.

Black is too harsh for many, so they might pick a lighter, say, marbled tile. This looks lovely too. It is all a matter of getting the colours of the splashback and the counter top co-ordinated well, but it is not difficult. You could also have a panel in the ceramic tile counter top. If you are stuck for ideas, just walk around a home improvement centre and look at their show kitchens. What they have in MDF, you can do in ceramic tiles.

Owen Jones, the author of this article writes on quite a few subjects, but is at present involved with solid fuel cookers. If you would like to know more or check out some great offers, please go to our website at Electric Freestanding Cooker.

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