Backsplash Tile

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Backsplash Tile: Instant Interest for Tired or Boring Kitchens

Gone are the days of the boring, white tile backsplash behind the kitchen sink and in its place kitchen designers and homeowners alike are using a variety of colors, textures and shapes to create eye-catching, durable pieces of art. This use of backsplash tile is one of the fastest ways to bring new life to an old, tired or just boring kitchen while also helping to make kitchen cleaning chores faster and easier. If you are looking at sprucing up your kitchen and want to keep the cost reasonable, tile backsplash can be an awesome way to achieve a lot of impact, with only a small investment. Here are some ideas to help you get started. 

Deciding on pattern and style

Before beginning any backsplash project, you will first want to take a look at your kitchen and decide on the scope of your project and the look you want to achieve. If a simple, understated look is desired, consider using colored tiles to create an edge effect and a single color for the remainder of the tiles.  

If your kitchen cries out for drama or an exciting focal point, consider using tile in multiple colors, shapes and sizes to create unique designs behind the sink, kitchen stove and other high use areas in the room, such as the baking center or wet bar. These designs can be given the appearance of being separate by using monochromatic tile under upper cabinets to connect the areas or by using corresponding colored tile to create a single stripe effect or a colorful edge to connect the designs. 

Go artistic

Backsplash tile can even be used to create a "broken pottery" artwork effect by carefully smashing several colors of tiles and using the shards to create a picture effect. When choosing this option, you will want to frame the area with a solid color tile as a frame and then practice laying out the shards on graph paper, before permanently installing them on your wall. Once installed, be sure to seal the tiles with an approved sealer to protect your design and make it more durable. 

Backsplash Tile