The most common question I get asked as a designer is what tile should be put in a kitchen?  There are two questions to ask yourself when choosing tile.  First, will the tile I choose stand the test of time in a well-used kitchen?  And, will your family’s lifestyle match the finish you choose?    Here’s the low-down on the most popular tiles, and their pros and cons:

Ceramic

Pro: The most common and least expensive option is ceramic tile.  It is durable and will hold up to heat from hot pots, and is easy to clean and maintain.

Con: Ceramic tile can be uneven and it can easily crack or chip.

Marble

Pro:  Looks beautiful and adds a luxurious look.  It stands up to heat from pots and dishes, and is waterproof.

Con:  Marble is a pricier option.  It is porous, so stains easily and can scratch and may requiring re-sealing periodically making which can be costly to maintain.  But, likely the biggest complaint I have with this material is that it is not resistant to acid.  So, it will stain if it comes in contact with any acid fruit or vegetable, even soft drinks!

Granite

Pro:  Granite is less costly now that it has become more widespread. Granite adds an elegant look to a kitchen, and it holds up to heat well.  It comes in a large range of colors too!

Con: Some granite stones can absorb stains if not sealed.

Wood

Pro: Wood countertops offer a beautiful warm look, and are available in a wide range of colors and finishes.  Wood is easy to clean and smooth.

Con: Wood requires maintenance with sanding and re-sealing, as needed.  Wood can be damaged by water and stains over time.  Requires regular oiling depending on wood type, and manufacturers recommendations.

Quartz

Pro:  Comes in a wide range of colors and creates a luxurious look.  Quartz is slightly harder and heavier and so has a non-porous surface that resists scratches and takes to heat well.  It’s easy to maintain and doesn’t require regular re-sealing, and is resistant to stain and acid.  So go ahead and slice that lemon or lime, or spill a soft drink on this stone, it won’t change a thing!  Our favorite is http://www.caesarstoneus.com

Con: Quartz can be costly.

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