The most popular finishing material for a kitchen apron is ceramic tile, and the most popular type of tile is in the form of a decorative brick, often called a "hog" or "metro".
What is a "boar"?
This is a rectangular small-format glazed ceramic tile, similar in shape to a brick and often stacked in the type of brickwork, that is, in the decay. Usually tiles "under a brick" have bevels (facets), that is, beveled edges along the edge of the tile, which give the volume and texture of the surface lined with "boar".
But the apron "boar" of tiles without chamfers.
- In the west, a tile imitating a brick is called a "metro", as many stations in the London, Paris and New York subways are decorated with tiles of this format. In our country, the tile for brick is called a "boar" due to the fact that the billet for the production of tiles had two through holes at the end, which made its side view resemble a pig's patch. The informal name has gone to the people and has got accustomed.
See also the material: How to choose a tile for an apron: 12 nuances and an overview of popular formats
What are the dimensions of the "boar"?
Typically, the length of the tile "under the brick" is two or three of its width. The size of the pigs, depending on the manufacturer and the collection, varies as follows:
- Length - 12-30 cm;
- Width - 6-10 cm;
- The most common size is 7.5 × 15 cm, formats: 10 × 20 cm, 15 × 30 cm, 7.5 × 30 cm are also popular.
The photo below shows an example of a classic "metro" tile measuring 7.5 × 15 cm.
Classical tile "boar" in the size of 7.5 × 15 cm
And here is another common tile size 10 × 20 cm.
Tile "boar" in the size 10 × 20 cm
The format of 7.5 × 30 cm looks like this (scroll the photo to the right).
- Tiles need to be bought with a 10-percent margin in case of unsuccessful scraps and marriage.
In what style of interior is this apron appropriate and how practical is white tile?
Today, the apron "hog" has become more relevant than ever thanks to the fashion for interiors of Scandinavian-style kitchens, as well as loft, industrial, country and provence styles. In the next selection of photos are presented "brick" aprons in different designs (leaf).
- interior indastrial, loft and country
- kitchen interior in classic style
- Scandinavian style kitchen
- kitchen in the style of Contemporary
- Provencal cuisine
- The design of the "brick" apron can be very different depending on: the size of the tiles, their color, texture, the presence of facets, the use of decorated inserts, the way of laying the "boar", as well as the color of the grout and the width of the seams.
- You can choose a tile with a matte or crackle glaze (that is, with small cracks with the effect of antiquity).
The most popular and universal colors of an apron are white, beige and cream.
- How easy is the trowel "white-boar" of white color in the apron of the kitchen? Ceramic tiles are one of the most practical finishing materials. Due to the smooth glaze on the ceramic, the dust and dirt to it do not stick and are easily wiped. A white apron, which seems to be branded, in practice is no more a mark than an apron of any other color. Moreover, dust, grease, stains of dirt and stains on the light surface are noticeable less than in the dark, and the view of the working area of the kitchen against the white "boar" will be much more neat. And do not forget about the ability of light shades to visually increase the space and make it lighter. However, one drawback with the brick apron is still there is the presence of hollow-seams, which somewhat complicate the cleaning, but not so critical that you refuse it if you like it.
Black apron is also in demand, but keep in mind that in care it is not any lighter than white.
What are the ways of packing?
The traditional apron "metro" imitates a brick wall, so it is often placed in a run with a different offset or "seam in the seam" (pictured right). In the latter case, the accent in the design of the apron is placed on the seams, so often the grout is chosen in contrasting colors, and the seams themselves are made very neatly and smoothly.
What groth to choose?
Grout (also called fugue) for the seams of the apron from the tiles can be chosen: in the tone of the "boar", universal white, beige, gray or black.
- Whatever color you choose the grout, it should be water resistant, designed for frequent washing and temperature changes. Choose a quality grout - cheap mixtures quickly darken.
- To avoid darkening of seams, you can buy a trowelling mixture based on epoxy resin, which does not darken, since it almost does not absorb dirt and water. But it quickly freezes, so it is necessary to work with it quickly and dexterously.
Laying tiles "boar" on the apron of the kitchen
Stacking a hog with your own hands does not seem to be such a difficult task, and yet, it is impossible to call this process simple. After all, there are a lot of tiles, each one must be carefully laid, part of the tiles should be cut off, rosettes taken into account, the complicated places should be lined behind the pipes and the gas column and, if necessary, the external and internal corners should be lined.
If you are not sure that you will cope - hire a professional tiler. If you already know the laying of tiles, then here are some recommendations you will find useful.
- The most important thing in laying an apron with tiles for bricks is to straighten out well and prepare the wall, the second requirement is to make the layout and preliminary layout on the floor;
- The apron can be stacked both before the installation of the headset and after, but in the first case it will be easier for you to navigate where to start and where to finish the masonry;
- What should be the size of the seams? The thinner the seam, the harder it will be to lay out the dies exactly, respectively, the more it is bigger - the easier it will be to work. A small percentage of the error is inevitable even with high skill, but if the seam is large, it will be easier to avoid unevenness, and they will be less noticeable. The optimal thickness of the joint is 2-5 mm.
Step-by-step instruction on laying the apron "boar" with their own hands:
- Aligning the wall by level, shpaklyuem, primer, waiting for the complete drying of the wall;
- We measure the distance from the floor to the apron, the height of the apron and the length, we apply the markings to the wall using a level, laser or plumb line;
- On the bottom horizontal line of marking we attach a metal profile or corner, which will simplify the alignment and fixation of the lower row of tiles;
- We mix the glue strictly according to the instructions with the help of a construction mixer or perforator;
- Now, wearing glasses and a respirator, we proceed to cutting tiles. This can be done with the help of a grinder with a diamond disc (pictured right) or a quality tile cutter;
- Apply glue to the wall with a notched trowel and begin the styling, inserting "crosses" between the dies. As soon as the glue dries (in about 24 hours), the cross inserts and supporting profile can be removed and the grouting of the joints started;
- Grout is applied and distributed with a small rubber spatula and after drying the excess fugues are wiped off with a sponge;
- If necessary, we mount the plinth at the edges and from above.
A very detailed instruction with photos and videos on laying the apron, see in the material: Mount the kitchen apron from the tiles yourself.
How to lay tiles "boar" in the corners?
Facing external and internal corners raises questions when laying even ordinary tiles, and the voluminous "boar" in this plan is even more complicated.
- To ensure that the corners are neat, tiles need to be cut at an angle of 45 degrees;
- It is best if in addition to a rectangular tile you buy a square tile in the same color and from the same collection;
- It is not always possible to purchase an additional square tile to decorate the corners, so tiles are often pruned. In this case, whole, not cut "bricks" are placed on the corner, and the cut ones are inserted inside the row;
- In extreme cases, you can use a PVC corner, which closes the joint of tiles on the corner.