Make a Splash: Five Tips for Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash

The backsplash can tie the entire look of a kitchen together. With so many options available, the best choice depends on the homeowner’s overall design concept. By making specific considerations, homeowners can find the perfect kitchen backsplash.

Decide on a Look

To start, think of the purpose that the kitchen backsplash should serve. Some people prefer a modern pop of color, while others like a more understated design that provides a sleek finish. Deciding on a look before browsing through options can make the process less overwhelming.

Pick a Size

Backsplashes come in several different sizes, from a few square feet to reaching the ceiling. Homeowners should factor in the size of the kitchen when choosing how large the backsplash will be and the size of the tiles; smaller kitchens often benefit from larger tiles, which create the perception of space. Additionally, considering the desired height of the backsplash helps. For example, if the tile will be taken up to the ceiling, a larger size would be ideal, while a small space underneath a cabinet may benefit from smaller tile choices.

Play With Color

Backsplash color is a major factor in the final look of a kitchen. Neutral tiles are ideal if the homeowner desires a classic, streamlined look or if they’ve chosen a bright countertop that might clash with a bold backsplash. On the other hand, a colorful backsplash provides a great opportunity to have a little fun, adding character to a kitchen.

Choose a Style

Tile comes in different shapes and designs, too. Choices like multi-size tiles with painted mosaic designs or imprinted textures contribute to an expression of style. Even monochromatic tile can be livened up with a non-traditional shape or pattern.

If you’re considering a new kitchen backsplash, Savannah Surfaces offers an extensive selection of surfacing materials, including ceramic and glass tile and natural stone. Contact us today and ask about our high-quality backsplash options.

How to Mix and Match Tile Colors and Styles

The right combination of tile colors and styles can be striking—but the wrong pairing can be a visual disaster. Here are simple tips to avoid clashing when mixing colors and styles during tile installation.

Offset Pattern With Plain

Brightly colored tile, mosaic tile, or interior stone tile can create a unique focal point of a room. But these highly patterned options should be offset with some plain styles elsewhere. This means that when opting for unique or busy tile, the rest of the area should have a monochromatic color scheme and other simple features to balance it out. In addition to not overcrowding the room and causing visual clashes, it also allows unique tiling to have the stage.

Create Interest With Scale

Monochromatic color schemes work because they offer different variations of the same color without danger of clashing. A similar effect can be achieved by using the same pattern of tile with different sizes. For example, one can use small hexagonal mosaics on the walls of a bathroom, medium hexagonal mosaics on the floor, and larger hexagonal mosaics in the bath. This way, the tiles will have variety without clashing.

Mix and Match Finishes

Using similar-looking tiles with different finishes can also add dimension to the room without being overwhelming. For example, homeowners could use tiles with similar colors, but with half of them matte and the other half shiny.

Stick With One Shape

Whether circular, hexagonal, or square, the simplest way to create harmony with tiles is to stick with one shape. This will unify tiles, even when they are different sizes or colors, creating visual connections throughout the room.

Mixing and matching during tile installation may seem overwhelming, but the right tile provider or remodeling company can point you in the right direction. If you have any questions about tiling design or installation, call Savannah Surfaces at 843-784-6060 today.

Tips for Choosing the Right Tile for a Small Bathroom

From top to bottom, it’s important to consider every detail of a bathroom remodeling project carefully before beginning. The size, design, and color of tiles can impact how large the room seems. Here’s how to choose the right tile for a small bathroom.

Measure Carefully

Before even deciding what style of bathroom tile to use, homeowners should measure their bathroom carefully—then measure again. This is particularly important for small bathrooms, as they may have awkward layouts, with the sink, toilet, and bathtub taking up floor space.

Expand the Space With Mosaic Tiles

Reminiscent of a professional spa, mosaic tiles can make a small bathroom appear larger due to their small size and multicolored surfaces. Glass mosaic tiles can be an even better choice since they reflect light, making the room appear wider, deeper, and larger.

… But Don’t Overcomplicate

With that said, opting for mosaic, stone, or colorful tile can make the bathroom appear too busy. While a splash of color can be great for an otherwise-monochromatic space, it may overcomplicate a highly decorated bathroom. If other features of the bathroom are already colorful or patterned, simple tiles may be a better option.

Set the Tiles Diagonally

Whatever the tile size or pattern, placing them at a diagonal angle can create an optical illusion: the diagonal layout can visually extend the room’s length and width at the same time. Because a diagonal installation may be more complicated, it’s best to have this performed by a professional remodeling service.

Just because a bathroom is small doesn’t mean it can’t be one of the best rooms in a home. If you’re interested in re-tiling your bathroom, call Savannah Surfaces at 843-784-6060 today.

Savannah Surfaces – AIA CEU Event

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Savannah Surfaces will host our annual AIA CEU Event on Thursday, November 3rd.  This year we will be offering 3 one-hour presentations eligible for 1- AIA CEU Learning Unit each. 

This is a free event for attendees, but classroom space is limited so please RSVP to info@savannahhardscapes.com or call Lisa or Adia at 843-784-6060.   

 

Tentative Schedule of Events:

Continental Breakfast at 8 am

First Class:  Cambria Natural Surfaces – Quartz Surfacing: Attributes & Benefits  9 am

Second Class:  LATICRETE International, Inc – Stone and Tile Installation Materials and Methods 10 am

Third Class:  Dry-Treat – Stone Care: What You Should Know 11 am

 

Classes begin promptly at 9am.

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