Let’s Talk Tiles
How To Choose
Not all tiles are created equal. With such a wide variety of options choosing the perfect backsplash for your space can be overwhelming. Not only do tiles add a wealth of visual appeal, it allows you to experiment with colors, textures and patterns as the main focal point to the room. To avoid a prolonged design dilemma we have 5 topics to consider.
The most important aspect to any remodel is staying in line with your budget. If your budget is tight or you have a large space to remodel, keep in mind that style and intricacy can drive up the price. Mosaics, hand painted tiles, encaustic designs, and glazed tiles are leaders in price so having an idea of your overall budget at the start of shopping will keep your design eye from wandering.
If you’re finding it difficult to decide between a pop of color or neutral tones, tape some samples to the wall and observe the change in color tones as the natural light fluctuates throughout the day. Whether you’re naturally drawn to color or find serenity in neutrals, pops of color can be added to any space through smaller decor pieces that can be easily swapped out as your design tastes vary.
Pick a coordinating material that fits with your overall design and the ambiance you want to create for the space.
GLASS is adds a modern look to any space and it’s reflective properties help bounce light making it a popular choice to brighten a space.
STONE creates a cohesive, airy look to a space and reduces grout lines for easy cleaning. Not to mention, it’s hard to beat the beauty of a natural stone.
METAL works well in a variety of kitchens. It’s a no-frills way to complete a look and it’s known for its versatility to heat and moisture.
BRICK is full of character and adds a rustic sensibility to any space.
WOOD plays into natural textures and creates and rustic appeal, but needs to be regularly treated to stand against moisture.
Consider the cabinetry and the countertops in the kitchen when deciding on the backsplash. The materials and colors should compliment each other. For example, if your cabinets are navy blue, you may decide to stay neutral with your tiles, but you can still play up the texture. If your counters and cabinets are neutral, adding a pop of color can add to the design.
SHAPE & PATTERN
If you want your space to feel timeless, stick with a classic subway tile or straight across pattern. If the kitchen is rather simple and you want to add interest, an arabesque tile, mosaic or encaustic pattern can add some extra character.
With these simple tips, the stress of too many options will no longer get you down!