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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

We Answer Wednesday - Kitchen Backsplash

I moved into my townhouse a year ago.  I love my kitchen!  it's white with light grey counter top and grey tile floor.  This summer I want to add a back splash but I'm not sure what to choose.  Any advice?

A white kitchen is classic and a great choice for a smaller space.  It's light and bright and in terms of resale, it has mass appeal. Adding a backsplash is a simple update that isn't disruptive to your life at home. A backsplash in a kitchen is like adding jewelry to an outfit - it really pulls it all together.  This year in tile it was all about shape, the colours were all neutral but the shapes were the focus.

For a back splash, you have lots of options.

open shelving in the kitchen. Gray glass tile. lovely! I have open shelving... unfortunately all apartments are sorta already made. So I brought my shelving outside the kitchen :)

Subway tile - this is a classic and you cannot go wrong with this option.  Seen here in a brick or staggered formation it mimics the look of brick.  A typical subway tile is 3" x 6" but there are variations in size.  In terms of colour - a soft grey is a good neutral option as is white but you could also go with a charcoal for a more dramatic look.  If you are thinking you might sell in about 3-5 years choose something with some longevity like a neutral tone.

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Stainless Steel Tile - this has a bit more of an industrial edge.  This material works well in a kitchen as it's easy to clean and maintain.  You will also have a lot of shapes and sizes to choose from.  This also looks great in a kitchen that has stainless steel appliances

inspiring makeover: painted cabinets in gray & white with new glass tile backsplash

Glass mosaic tile - this option was super popular a few years ago.  This is still seen today but more tone on tone like the image here.  Various shades of grey and a mix of clear and frosted glass.  Again, a soft look with a bit of texture and shine - ideal for a smaller kitchen.

 x in the glass

Marble tile - Marble is so classic and elegant but we have been seeing it in more modern and contemporary spaces, too.  It is a material that requires a lot of maintenance when installed as a counter top but as a back splash not to so much.  The natural variation and veins make it visually interesting and it look amazing when paired with grey and white.

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Hexagon tile - a popular shape in 2015 for backsplashes and floors.  Try this in a neutral tone and it will give even the most 'tired' kitchen a fresh look.  The shape is interesting  but not over the top.  Hexagon tiles also look incredible in bathrooms too, in a shower as an accent or on the shower floor. 

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Herringbone formation - still looking for something a bit different but not totally off the wall? Try a herringbone formation.  Using a subway tile, instead of staggering the tile you lay it in a 'zig zag' format.  Herringbone is a pattern we often see in menswear but we are seeing it in tiles.  Stick with a neutral colour palette and a grout that is a few shades lighter (or darker) than the tile so that the pattern shows.  This also looks great on a floor with a 12 x 24 tile.

Adding open shelving with baskets creates a nice contrast and interest to a white kitchen

Arabesque tile - this is a shape that's recently popular.  It adds an elegant touch to a kitchen.  Again, use a grout with some pigmentation so that the shape is evident.  It's lovely in white and soft grey.

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