In the ever-evolving world of interior design, one trend stands out for its versatility and distinctive aesthetic – the finger tile, also known as kitkat tiles. These slim and elongated tiles have become a favorite among designers and homeowners alike, offering a myriad of possibilities to elevate any space.
In this article, we’ll show you some of our favorite examples of kitchens and bathrooms, featuring walls covered by finger tiles.
What are kitkat tiles?
Finger tiles or kitkat tiles owe their name to their slender, finger-like shape, typically measuring around 1x4 inches but available in various other sizes as well. Due to the small size, the overall look shows many pieces of tiles, bringing a sense of elongation and fluidity to surfaces, creating a visually captivating effect. Unlike large tiles, finger tiles work well both in small areas and large wall areas as well.
The special aesthetic of kitkat tiles
The unique aesthetic of finger tiles goes beyond their shape. These tiles come in a variety of materials, including ceramic, porcelain, glass, and even natural stone, providing a wide range of textures and finishes to suit different preferences. From glossy and reflective surfaces that bounce light around a room to matte finishes that exude a subtle elegance, finger tiles allow for a personalized touch in every design project.
The vertical texture of kitkat tiles has a similar effect as fluted furniture. To learn more about its aesthetic, we recommend this article: Fluted furniture, why do we all love you?
Is it difficult to lay kitkat tiles?
At first glance, kitkat tiles seem really complicated to install, as there are many more pieces than in the case of regular tiles. However, most of these tiles have a mesh base that holds the little pieces together, to make installation easier. The flexible mesh has another advantage as well: it lets you lay kitkat tiles on curved surfaces.
10 great examples of kitkat tiles
If you are looking for simple bathroom ideas, kitkat tiles can contribute to a truly minimal look, but they also go well with classic / elegant interiors:
Though kitkat tiles are usually placed in vertical orientation, they look stunning horizontally as well - just like in this kitchen:
Creating accent walls using kitkat tiles is also a popular choice amongst designers. This bathroom, with the muted blue color is a great example.
Kitkat tiles, thanks to their small form, can adapt to surface shape changes easier. For example, built-in shelves can be covered entirely with these tiles:
Matching the tile and grout color can result in a unified color tone, like in this beautiful dark tone bathroom:
Bent surfaces, such as oval showers can be easily covered by kitkat tiles, as these tiles are usually connected by a mesh surface:
Slightly larger tiles also work well as kitchen backsplash surfaces - these are not exactly finger tiles, but represent similar aesthetic:
Kitkat tiles do not always have one specific color - sometimes, they show exciting textures, creating a more natural look:
Bold and brave colors can be also achieved using finger tiles and special grout colors - like this yellow wall in this bathroom:
The combination of kitkat tiles and fluted furniture offers a great match and brings a harmonious look in your bathroom: