|Metal tiles made from solid pieces of bronze,
stainless steel, copper, and brass are becoming
increasingly popular choices for upscale
kitchen and bathroom countertops and walls.
Metal is an especially sanitary surface because
solids and liquids will not penetrate its
surface, so these tiles will resist bacteria
and discourage the growth of mildew. Metal
tiles are also durable because, unlike ceramic
or porcelain tile, they will not stain or
If you are thinking of installing
consider the following:
- Metal is easy to clean, but harsh, gritty
cleansers should be avoided because they
will eventually scratch and dull the surface.
- If you are concerned about scratches, chose
a brushed, textured, or matte metal finish
rather than a shiny, polished one.
- Some tiles, such as copper tiles, will discolor
over time. You can choose to seal them to
prevent this, or allow the metal to naturally
age to a soft, burnished patina.
- Since metal tiles come in a wide range of
sizes, creating attractive
and unique designs
is easy to make.
Metal tiles can be used in any style of decorating,
but they often look best in contemporary
interiors. Be careful in how you use them,
however, since metal tiles can look and feel
cold. You might consider mixing them with
materials such as wood, stone, or ceramics
for a warmer and more natural look.