Tile Countertops for Bathrooms and Kitchens

When you think of tile surface counters, it can bring 4x4” vintage-style nostalgia to mind. Many of us appreciate the cool feel of tiles - especially on bathroom countertops and floors. The introduction of solid surface countertops in the 1970s offered great choices that transformed many homes’ decor. Well, tile countertops are back - and better than ever.

Green and Yellow Vintage-Inspired Tile Kitchen Countertops

Move over laminate and slab, modern tile countertops are hot again! Large-format tiles in a range of widths from 24-126”, and their counterpart porcelain slab counters, can even be indiscernible from more costly stone slab counters. The selections are expanded from sources all over the globe, and beautiful bathroom and kitchen tile countertops can be made from diverse materials including ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, and more. 

Do you love the customized look of a specific pattern, or the vibrance of a hand-laid design? For a master bathroom, intricately laid tile designs can look especially beautiful when paired with a vessel sink.

Bathroom stone tile countertop with two vessel sinks

In an older kitchen, tile can be an outstanding way to upgrade a worn-out countertop, and there are many beautiful options to consider. The variety of tile colors, shapes, and sizes is almost limitless!

So many choices, oh my!

The most common tile types are made ceramic and porcelain and both enjoy an enthusiastic realm of uses for many surfaces in the home. After installation, both types of tile look similar, but the difference is in their ingredients and how they’re baked. Both are made from clay, but durable, hard-working porcelain has a higher percentage of kaolin, the fine soft white clay also called china clay. This makes porcelain tile heavier than ceramic tile. Porcelain is baked at temperatures up to 2,000 degrees, compared to 1,000 degrees for ceramic tile, so it is much harder. 

Affordable ceramic tiles are more friendly for DIY projects because they weigh less and they’re easier to cut than the harder porcelain and stone tiles. Ceramic tile is not completely vitrified by the baking process and remains water permeable before glazing. Because these tiles are somewhat porous, spills can be a challenge. They work well for backsplashes or vertical surfaces, and low traffic areas. A ceramic tile chosen for a countertop should be well glazed to protect it and make it stain-resistant. 

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