How you design your kitchen backsplash can make or break the room. It’s a critical element of kitchen design.
1. The focal point in the kitchen is often the stove and hood and the backsplash centered between them. It doesn’t get much better than this gorgeous slab of Calacatta Oro marble.
2. This geometric glass , metal and stone abstract backsplash is definitely a scene stealer. If you can’t find this mosaic (unfortunately I don’t know whose it is) you can mix and match and create your own.
3. These bronze tiles (real metal coating on them ) are from Crossville Ceramics and make a very elegant understated backsplash that could work in rooms other than kitchens as well.
4. Large subway style tiles are available from Fireclay Tile and are offered in many beautiful and bright colors.
5. I designed this hand carved limestone medallion and hood surround for a client a few years ago and it’s stunning! The more yellow colored background is Jeresulem Gold limestone, which sets it off beautifully and compliments the granite countertop. Hand carved limestone is expensive but well worth it when done by a true artist and craftsman like Oleg Lobykin!
6. Sometimes the kitchen needs a strong pattern to pick it up and this is a good example. Using a light and dark color combination with a nice geometric shape is just right to finish the look and make it unique to your own home.
7. If you want an arabesque pattern, several companies make them including Fireclay Tile, who will custom color them for you as well. The added banding finishes off the top and sides of the field tile to unify the entire kitchen.
8. Framing and using a large medallion like this is a great way to bring attention to the large open space over the cooktop and break up these subway tiles. I’m not sure whose medallion this is but it could be Sonoma Stone.
Let’s make those backsplashs FABULOUS!
Each week I will be giving you definitions for words beginning with different letters of the alphabet and will continue through the alphabet until we are done with all the letters.
Here are the final words beginning with “S”
In interior design striae refers to close parallel lines repeated thorughout the item. It is a term used in faux finishing and also as a descriptive word in fabric and texture. You could think of it as small close stripes which create a straight pattern like wood grain or woven fabric.
The strike plate of a door is the opposite side from the hinge. It is the metal plate where the latch hits the “strike” before it engages.
Stringers are found in a lot of places. On stairs they are the zig zag cut out piece that holds the risers and treads and holds the stair together. On furniture they are the stringers or stretchers which hold the legs of a chair together for structural support.
A substrate goes beneath something in preparation for the final decorative surface. The word actually mean “beneath” and “layer”. Substrates are critical in getting a smooth final coating on surfaces and any imperfections in them will telescope through the finished material so it is important they are in good condition and properly installed.
A swatch of fabric, paint, wood finish, etc. is a small sample of of the actual product. Designers order “memo” samples (swatches) when ordering fabric to be sure the actual bolt being used has the proper coloring and texture desired. These swatches can also serve as pieces of the finished room that can be saved and used to match up future items in the room.
Tile vs Glass in the Bathroom: Which is Best For You?
There are endless decisions to be made when remodeling a bathroom, and we know that a good chunk of those decisions you are trying to finalize have to do with tile. There are so many different products out there, not to mention the vast amount of colors, patterns, and designs available, it can be difficult to figure out exactly which type of bathroom tile is going to work best for your needs. Thats why we decided to make your life a little easier by covering the pros and cons of using our top bathroom contenders, ceramic tile and glass tile.
So let’s start with Glass
Pros of using glass tile in the bathroom:
- Glass tile is beautiful and offers your bathroom a unique visual appeal, and with an enormous selection of colors and mosaics to choose from, your design options are literally limitless.
- Glass reflects light, making your space apear brighter and oftentimes, larger.
- One of our favorite features is that glass tile is relatively low maintenance, all you need to keep it clean is window cleaner and a cloth. Because of its low maintenance factor, we suggest using glass tile in the shower area where you will experience soap build up that needs to be cleaned regularly.
- Glass tile is translucent, therefore, unlike any other surface material, that beautiful color you picked out will show all the way through the tile, providing an additional sense of depth and dimmension.
- Fireclay Glass tile is also made from 100% recycled Window and Solar glass in San Jose, CA.
Cons of using glass tile in the bathroom:
- One of the biggest challenges with glass tile is the level of difficulty during installation. Installing glass tile is not easy, and will almost always require a professional tile installer.
- Glass tile starts at $28/sf, where ceramic Tile starts at $14/sf, if you’re on a tight budget, you may want to consider using glass as accent, rather than covering large surface areas. Using glass as an accent will also help colorful mosaic blends from overwhelming the room.
- Although glass is easy to clean, its reflective surface highlights imperfections. This means all those little finger prints will be more apparent, so if you’re not one to clean your tile frequently, glass may not be for you.
- Glass’s slippery smooth surface may not be appropriate for all floor applications. If you really want to use glass on your floor, use a matte finish tile in a s smaller size for more traction, and try adding a non-slip sealant for increased slip resistance.
Next up, Tile
Pros of using tile in the bathroom:
- Price is one of the biggest pros when it comes to ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is more affordable, starting at only $14/sf, making it a great choice for larger surface areas such as the floor, ceiling, and a walls.
- Ceramic tile is DIY friendly! We always recommend using a professional tile installer for the best possible result, but if you’re up to the challenge, ceramic tile can be installed without professional help. Just make sure you are prepared.
- Ceramic tile is a very durable choice for your bathroom. It will stand the test of time against daily wear and tear, and with the right grout and the right cleaning supples it will be fairly low maintenance.
- There are hundreds of tile colors to choose from, each one offering unique texture, finish and color variation. To match these beautiful colors, there is a large selection of tile patterns and shapes to choose from, adding more visual interest to your design.
- Ceramic tile has many trim options which allows you to add the perfect finishing details. Bullnose pieces create the perfect clean edge to a shower surround and quarter rounds help finish edge details such as an inset shelf or a shower pan.
- Fireclay ceramic Tile is made in Aroma’s, CA with extensive color options made on our 70% recycled clay body.
A bathroom floor shown in our ceramic tile color, Basil
Cons of using tile in the bathroom:
- Ceramic tile can be very cold underfoot, especially during the cooler months. Adding a rug to your tiled bathroom floor will work wonders and if you have a few extra bucks, consider installing a radient heated floor mat such as Nuheat.
- Not everyone will feel comfortable installing tile on their own, therefore a professional installer will sometimes be needed. Hiring a professional will increase the overall price of your project.
- Cermic tile is handmade which means slight irregularities should be expected, this adds character and an artisanal feel but generally means it’s best to hire a pro to handle an intricate bathroom installation.
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Hand crafted and timeless inspiration from Fireclay Tile.