• Five Unconventional Uses for Tile in the Kitchen

    Date: 2013.05.29 | Category: Kitchens, Living Rooms, Tips and Advice | Tags: ,,,,,,

    If you’ve been reading this blog over the past several months, you’ll notice that we’ve always written about using tile in a conventional way — that is, as a building material for flooring, back splashs, and shower enclosures or as a decorative accent in mosaics, vaulted ceilings, and the like. However, the durability of tile also lends itself to some rather unconventional uses, especially around the kitchen.

    Pizza stone

    Tile, especially unglazed quarry tiles, are rated to extremely high temperatures and, depending on the specific variety, are non-porous and food-safe.

    Hearth baking stones If you enjoy baking pizza crusts and breads, slip a couple 18″ x 18″ unglazed quarry tiles into your oven. They’ll act as a heat sink and help yield the crisp, crackery crust that wood-oven pizzerias are known for producing. There’s no need to take them out when you’re not using them, either. Even if you’re not baking, they’ll retain heat incredibly well and regulate the temperature inside. Foods will cook more quickly and evenly.

    Bread warmers Smaller unglazed quarry tiles can be used as bread warmers. Preheat them gently in the oven and they’ll keep the bread warm and crisp at the dinner table. Choose tiles that don’t have sharp or rough edges so you don’t mar the finish on your kitchen table.

    Trivets Protect your kitchen and dining room table from just-out-of-the-oven serving dishes with a tile trivet. Food-safe isn’t really necessary here, so you can choose ceramic, slate, granite or other stoneware tiles that suit your decor and personal taste. Tip: glue felt pads using an industrial-strength epoxy to the back of the tiles so they don’t scratch.

    Cheese boards Marble and granite tiles make excellent cheese boards. They can be put into the refrigerator to chill slightly before arranging various cheeses and fruit for entertaining.

    Coasters Small square tiles can be used as distinctive and unique drink coasters. Choose a pattern and finish that works with your decor. As with the trivets, you may want to glue small felt pads on the back to prevent scratching.

    What are some of your favorite unconventional uses for tile in your home?