By guest author Joaquin Erazo, Jr.
Are you looking for a way to give your kitchen a new look but don’t have a lot of time or money? A tile backsplash may be the answer. This easy project gives you tons of design options to match any kitchen. It can be done over a long weekend as a do-it-yourself kitchen remodeling project or performed by a contractor for a reasonable price.
Types of tile choices for you backsplash include:
• natural stone such as marble, granite, travertine or soapstone
• engineered stone such as quartz and quartzite
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are made from similar materials, but the clay in porcelain is more refined, making it a slightly more durable material. Stone tiles provide a sophisticated look in natural, earthy colors, while porcelain, ceramic, and glass offer a crisp, clean look in almost any color.
Tile backsplash options are limitless. Tiles of all shapes and sizes can be combined in a variety of colors and patterns to create any work of art. Your backsplash can become the centerpiece of your kitchen with a design that stands out, it can fall into the background, or it can accent the other features of your kitchen. Here are some ideas for your inspiration.
This natural stone backsplash draws attention to itself with a tri-colored subway car tile mosaic offset by a raised border. At the same time, the muted earth tones don’t draw too much attention away from the rest of the kitchen.
Backsplashes are often accented with tiles of different sizes and shapes from the main color. In this backsplash design, the two tiles are different materials as well. The main tile is a glazed porcelain subway car offset by square glass tiles that bring out accents in the countertops and add some color to thespace.
Natural stone countertops are extremely popular these days, but sometimes creating a backsplash from the same material as the countertops can be too much. This kitchen combines white granite countertops with a glass tile backsplash in a simple, gray tone. The elongated shape and mosaic placement of the tiles, rather the color, are what draws attention to this sophisticated design.
The colors in this backsplash stay with the earth tones in the rest of the kitchen, but the mosaic design still make it stand out as the classy centerpiece of the room.
This design is a good example of how a backsplash can really tie a room together. The white accent matches the cabinets while the black subway cars blend seamlessly with the marbled countertops. An interesting note about the accent is that is integrates and in effect hides all the outlets for a cleaner look.
Many kitchens these days are mostly black and white or earth tones, so a glass, porcelain, or ceramic backsplash can be a way to add a little color to the room. This blue tone is still fairly earthy and provides a nice contrast to the burnt sienna stain on the cabinets. Instead of two colors, the backsplash integrates two different sized tiles in the same color to create a monochrome accent.
Hand painted ceramic tiles accent the cabinets and provide a nice contrast to the colorful main color in the backsplash of this bright kitchen.
About the Author: Joaquin Erazo, Jr., senior vice president of Marketing and Public Relations for Case Remodeling/Design, writes about a variety of inspirational kitchen remodeling ideas on his company blog, Remodeling Tips & Trends.