What do ceramic tile countertops look like?
A common misconception is that ceramic tile countertops come in one or a limited number of shapes. This is partly true, because the square shape of ceramic tiles make them ideal for countertops with straight edges. However, en expert builder can cut your ceramic tiles to fit your countertop's shape, whether it is curved, sloped, or irregular. You might have to pay more for the extra labor, but it is possible.|
Square ceramic countertops are commonly found in small homes. With even measurements on all sides, a square countertop can easily fit into a corner without taking up too much floor space. They can also be placed away from the wall, in the middle of the room to serve as an island counter or bar. If you have the budget for a larger countertop and would like to experiment a little, you can buy several square countertops in different colors and create an interesting checkered design.
Rectangular ceramic countertops are common in medium to large homes, as well as in commercial and industrial kitchens. Wider than a square countertop, a rectangular countertop can hold more items than square countertops and are great for long, narrow counters. They are usually placed in parallel rows with alternate intervals. They also make interesting wall accents.
The problem with these ceramic tile counter tops is that they may take too much space in smaller rooms. Make sure that you have properly measured your room, so you can know whether or not your room can accommodate a rectangular ceramic tile countertop.
L-shaped ceramic tile countertops are used for kitchens that occupy two adjoining walls. They are made up of two separate ceramic-tiled slabs joined together with epoxy grout or heavy-duty glue. L-shaped countertops have a larger over-all surface area that allow you to install other fixtures, such as a sink, trash compactor, or dishwasher. Professional cooks and chefs prefer L-shaped countertops because they keep everything within reach and eliminate the need to reach across the counter or walk across the room to pick up the things they need. They are great for large homes and professional kitchens.
Round and oblong
Round and oblong countertops are very attractive and provide a soft twist to an otherwise stiff and uninviting room design. Placed in the middle of a room, they can serve both as countertops and coffee tables or bars. Their rounded edges also eliminate the risk of bumping into corners and causing injuries. In terms of space saving, however, round and oblong countertops are not the best choice. Their lack of straight corners leads you to place your items in the middle, resulting in a cluttered look. Choose a round countertop only if you have very few kitchen appliances or if you prefer style over function.