Alternatives for Traditional Kitchen Tiles

You may be wondering about a fitting alternative to tiles for your kitchen. For most families, the kitchen is where much of the quality time is spent. Many "family moments" continually occur in this central room. It pays to create a pleasing yet functional environment for the kitchen. The ceramic option has long been used for kitchen installations. However, more materials have gradually been developed that serve just as well. Below are 4 alternatives that may interest you.

Stainless Steel

These make a cost-effective and modern alternative to traditional ceramic tiles for kitchen use. You can obtain stainless steel from a local supplier. You need to be extremely careful to take exact measurements for the steel sheets required. It is a good idea to have the supplier machine an overlap on the steel sheet edges. This will reduce the sharpness which is helpful in preventing accidental cuts. You also need to pick a gauge for the steel sheets. A lower gauge is ideal for kitchen use. This would ideally fall between 20 and 25. Lower gauges require thicker sheets of steel to be cut. This makes it more hardy. It also costs more than higher gauges. You can install the sheets over concrete board same way as you would tiles. You will also need several self-drilling screws, a finish washer and silicone caulk to do installation. It is best to use stainless steel screws and washers as these will not rust with time. Steel mosaic sheets are available in different patterns. You are abound to identify some that suit your needs. Various cleaning solutions exist for steel sheets.

Venetian Plaster

This is a perfect choice if you're keen on a seamless backsplash. It is made from ground marble. Venetian plaster gives a great natural look. You can get it in various colors to suit your taste. The marble look easily creates an elegant and sophisticated air in your kitchen.


Cork makes an excellent choice especially if you have green concerns. You can obtain cork from a local flooring store. It is an environmental friendly natural product. You can install it on the floor where it makes for easy standing on. Cork has a high sound absorption capacity. This makes it an ideal material to help control sound levels in the kitchen. It is resilient which makes it ideal for the frequently used kitchen. You can get cork in various styles and colors to meet your tastes. Cork is also fairly easy to install and is a good cost-effective choice.


If you want a natural, cosy look, wood will do it for you. It works well for kitchen flooring and counters. Wood remains comfortable to use regardless of freezing or hot weather. It makes a safe bed when items fall onto it. You will hardly experience breakages or dents with wooden counters and kitchen flooring. Various types of wood are available for your kitchen installation needs. It is also an affordable material to use in kitchen installation. For an excellent finish, it is best to use a high gloss hard polyurethane cover.