Chastity Garr March 17, 2020 Kitchen Lighting
Countertops often dictate the backsplash color and style, says Kira Van Deusen, designer at Covenant Kitchens & Baths in Westbrook, Conn. Also consider fixtures like your lighting and hardware.
Consider eco-friendly options. Cork mosaic tiles are appropriate for walls or floors, and tiles made of 100-percent bamboo are sealed to create a backsplash that’s warm yet contemporary. Recycled glass tile is durable, stain resistant and comes in a range of unique colors that result from melting and repurposing recycled glass, Khan says. These tiles come in all sizes, from thumb-print sized mosaics to larger squares.
Be budget savvy. When on a budget, avoid trendy tile and revisit classic white ceramic that can cost less than a dollar per square foot. But don’t skimp on the grout. ”How the tiles adhere to the wall is important, so make sure you get a nice grout,” Spang says.
Ask about wear and tear. How easily can you clean the tile, and what is the best way to seal it? Ceramic tile doesn’t need this extra step, but natural tile does if you want to maintain its appearance. ”If the tile is stainless steel, find out if abrasives will scratch it, and I would suggest getting a grout additive and sealing the grout itself so it stays fresh and clean for longer,” Van Deusen says.
Ask if the tile you want is in stock. ”The economy has changed things in the tile industry, and when times were booming, companies were willing to stock more,” Khan says. ”Now, with inventory turning less, there are lead times out there.”
Invest in the high-impact zone. There is more square footage of wall space above the range and sink, so you can play with tile design. ”That area gets a lot of visual attention,” Van Deusen says. Consider a neutral field tile for the rest of the kitchen, then bring in a funky glass tile to create a showy centerpiece above the stove.
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