Certainly, during your life, you have known several different models of kitchen. And all these environments, for reasons of aesthetics or practicality, had surfaces coated with different materials.
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And among these pieces used by architects in the planning of kitchens are, of course, the tiles. For many years, this has been the best option for flooring floors and kitchen walls.
But now we are going to expand your knowledge. Let’s look at the new possibilities presented on the market. What can we do differently in the kitchens of our homes? What final finish can we give to your floors and walls?
Natural raw material
Many decorating styles with a more rustic footprint are currently on the rise in the world of interior planning. And in order to create scenarios like these, ambience specialists generally suggest using natural raw material for coating surfaces. In this line, as we well know, there are stones – such as granite and quartz -, always used to cover kitchen countertops.
However, there is an even stronger trend in contemporary interior decoration, which is the use of natural wood.
This material is seen in kitchens mainly in furniture joinery. And although it was not very common in Brazil, the fashion of using wood for the creation of wall panels and dining tables ended up becoming popular. Then wood started to appear in kitchen countertops solutions.
But it is necessary to highlight some ‘buts’ of this solution. Yes, wood is a highly durable material that contributes a lot to the comfort of the environments.
On the other hand, it can only be used in kitchens if it is properly treated and varnished. And remembering that it is a noble material, extracted from nature, and that it should only be explored only if it is from reforestation areas, with certification from Organs regulatory agencies.
Industrialized materials also offer many good opportunities for customizing kitchen decor. Thanks to the advancement of technologies, today we can count on a very varied range of products that are also very durable, resistant, with excellent finish and in different sizes, colors and prints. So, it is possible to play much more with the visual possibilities of interior projects.
We already know the famous porcelain tile, which now has more qualities that justify its use in kitchens. We can also count on the so-called “liquid porcelain tile”, a mass made from synthetic resin capable of creating monolithic floors, that is, without grouting – facilitating the cleaning of environments. And yet another option would be the burnt cement and the pigmented and varnished granilite cement mass. Too beautiful.
Kitchen walls, especially over the sink counter area, can be customized with more other materials. An example is the mirror or stainless steel plates.
And another darling coating of designers and their customers is obviously that of pastilles; in glass, stone or ceramic – in the most diverse colors and formats -, they can even simulate effects in three dimensions.
Meanwhile, on the other walls of the room that do not have any exposure to moisture or grease, we can make even more daring personalizations of decoration.
The first most obvious alternative would be ordinary paints, textured masses and even chalkboard paints – just a charm. And still have the wallpapers and vinyl stickers.
Fruit of artisanal processes
Now let’s talk about the materials for kitchen coverings that are almost in the middle between the natural and the industrialized. These would be the hydraulic tiles and the bricks.
There are already substitutes for them made from other materials that simulate the same visual effect. However, the final aesthetic result is not so satisfactory, when compared to what is achieved with the parts obtained in traditional manufacturing processes.
First, the hydraulic tiles. They are nothing more than pieces made of mass of iron oxide and marble powder.
This mixture is placed in molds and receives a drier and a wetter layer, and then the tile is pressed in a hydraulic press – hence the name -, left submerged for hours and then to dry. Only to be used in kitchens, it will need to be waterproofed with acrylic resin.
Finally, another coating alternative is the bricks. Such pieces are also sold in the form of platelets; and it is better that they are waterproofed, for a better cleaning of the environment.
This is because the bricks form a mosaic layer with deep veins, where dust can accumulate. And if you want a sustainable option, you can use the compressed clay brick, which does not go through any firing process.
These coatings tips for kitchen decor were created by the team Viva Decora.