Designing a tile backsplash for your kitchen
Tile Backsplashes serve two purposes. First, they are functional as they protect the walls from water and splashing food. Second, they are decorative - often the final stage of kitchen design.
Backsplashes need to work harmoniously with the rest of the kitchen - what are the colors/styles of the cabinets, countertops and floors? And, how does the backsplash fit into that? Said another way, what is the visual role of the backsplash? Is it to blend in the background (so your eye focuses on the granite and/or cabinets), is it to tie the colors of the room together? Or, is it meant to be a visual focal point? These questions help us start to narrow our focus?
Left picture is a very simple and clean subway tile. This is a white ceramic and it's in a bricklay which not only is very stylish, but the shape helps elongate the space making it appear larger.
Below is the same shape but with a natural stone - a durango limestone. Notice how beauty of natural color variation and how it ties in well with the granite.
You can also get more decorative. You can insert matching granite pieces or even add some metal or glass pieces.
You can add in picture frames, change the direction of tile, mix and match textures...the possibilities are endless.
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