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One of our Project Designers discovered a homeowner treasured her great, great Grandmother's 3 piece vase set, but the main vase had been broken. Using the broken pieces in a mosaic, he recreated the vase and made it the center of the backsplash!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Photo courtesy of tile artist Linda Paul

               Reinvigorate your kitchen with a backsplash
No other room is more important than the kitchen when you’re remodeling your home. An updated kitchen gives the greatest return on your investment, and backsplashes serve a practical purpose by protecting walls from grease, water and other “splashes,” making them easier to clean.  Adding visual interest will enhance your kitchen's appearance, providing beauty and character to a space that gets more guest traffic than any other room in the home.  

From timeless to contemporary design, a backsplash can provide a wonderful focal point, giving texture, even depth, as it accentuates and ties all kitchen components together.  An experienced kitchen designer can help with pros and cons of each material, and use the various sizes, colors, textures, patterns for the desired effect.  Here are a few of the more popular backsplash options.

Metal:  Stainless Steel, Bronze
For many years, stainless steel was strictly the domain of restaurants and commercial kitchens, but with the popularity of stainless steel appliances, consumers have come to appreciate the stylish ease of use that it offers despite being pricey. Steel is durable while also providing the easiest of surfaces to clean. It also comes in a variety of finishes and patterns, which can be used to mask its shiny appearance.  Bronze tile backsplashes offer an irresistible combination of vintage subtlety and modern chic. They come in a wide variety of styles and finishes, and can add sophistication to a kitchen’s appearance, while proving an affordable option to add a personal touch to your kitchen.

Ceramic & Porcelain Tiles
Both are extremely popular, for they offer an infinite amount of color and size options.  These tiles are easy to maintain and only the grout will require sealing.  They can take on the look of slate, without the varying thicknesses. Porcelain, an upgrade from ceramic, is much denser, making it more stain resistant.  Both can be used for a customized mural using the art prints or favorite photographs.  You can create a view you always wanted to see outside your window!

Stone: Travertine, Granite, Slate
Stone materials are hard, durable, yet porous so they need to be sealed to protect from staining. Travertine comes in a wide range of colors from light to dark earth tones that are pitted and veined.  They can have a brushed, matte, or even polished finish.  Tumbled travertine is popular for a Rustic, or Old World look. Granite backsplashes have a striking, avant-garde feel to them. They can have a lot of color movement and variation in the quarried slab, and can be ordered in tile form. Slate also comes in rich earth tones, including hues of red and purple.  Hiring a professional who  takes the proper steps for installation is key to this investment option.

Glass
Art glass can personalize a kitchen and add some color to accentuate the existing décor. Glass tile can be translucent, iridescent, stained or opaque in appearance. Glass allows light to play off the tiles during the day and night, and their transparency creates a dimensional effect which makes the kitchen appear larger. It's important to determine what type and color of grout would go best with your glass tiles, for it will change the perception of the tile.

Engineered Quartz
Created by using up to 95% natural stone and resin, this material offers consistency in color and pattern, and can even have the look of leather. Because the color is throughout the piece, it is easily repairable by buffing.  Silestone has the added plus of containing antimicrobial protection in their product.

A professionally designed and installed backsplash is just one great way to add color and warmth to any kitchen and liven up the space and your home in the process!   Don't forget the importance of under cabinet lighting for a wow backsplash.  It'll make a statement!

 

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