Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Top Ten Kitchen Backsplashes
When searching for ideas for your Kitchen backsplash, it seems that there are thousands of options. I have compiled a top ten list of kitchen backsplashes, and unique finds! When you are shopping, remember: it’s a focal point in your home, and usually, not much square footage is needed. It’s an excellent place to use a special mosaic that you have found, that you may not have been able to use in your bathroom. Or, maybe it’s the right place to use a colorful glass. Stay tuned daily while I add to the top ten list!
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1. SUBWAY TILE
Subway Tile seems to be a timeless tradition. Subway tile is a term that refers to the 3″x6″ size of the tile. There is glazed ceramic subway tile, marble subway tile, travertine subway tile, and more. There are all types of options when choosing the right subway tile. The least expensive is a 3×6 subway tile is a glazed ceramic subway tile from a mass manufacturer, like American Olean. It is machine manufactured. Another type is a hand crafted, hand molded subway tile, like a product from Sonoma Tile. This option is a little thicker, with a wavy texture on the surface, and the edges are warmer. The glazing has much more dimension. There are also Crackle Glazed subway tiles, where the glaze is actually fired so that it “cracks” giving it a wonderful patina. Remember, that subway refers to the size, so you can have Marble Subway Tile as well. The normal way to install the subway tile is with a brick joint, but people sometimes use a soldier course as well (stacking it straight, with no staggered joint).
2. Mixed Media- Copper, Stone, and Hand Molded Ceramic Backsplash Tile
This beautiful kitchen mixes the beauty of several styles and products. Shown below is a kitchen featuring Fleece Crackle Subway Tile on the field. It is accented with a Copper Rail Liner, and features a mosaic of Calacatta Mini Mesh mosaic. I love the mini mesh mosaic because it captures and reflects light, giving it the right amount of sparkle–without overdoing it. The countertops are Calacatta Honed Marble. This kitchen is in the beautiful Bella Luce Mediterranean home in Franklin, TN outside of Nashville, TN.
3. Contemporary Ceramic Tile Backsplashes
I don’t have a lot to say but….super cool! This is a really progressive, unique application. It’s the South Beach Collection.
4. Mosaic Tile Backsplashes
Backsplashes are an excellent place for mosaics! The give a dressy appeal, yet provide for a monochromatic textural detail, that provides a lot of interest, without being overwhelming. If the mosaic is made of a commonly used marble, or travertine-it allows you to update a timeless approach to the products that have worked for years! Below is Calacatta Mini Mesh Mosaics, Opus Mosaics and Noce 1×1 Travertine Mosaics.
5. A Touch of Glass
A glass tile backsplash is just classy, and fun! You can make it contemporary, or traditional. Here are a few good looking ones. Below is picture Recycled Crystal Glass, Vihara Glass, and Groovy Stixx by Alys Edwards.
Using a medallion allows you to add a little whimsy in the Kitchen.
7. Hand Painted Art Tile
Hand Painted Art Tile, such as Kibak Tile is reall fun, either as an allover pattern, or mixed with stone or travertine tile.
This hand crafted tile, called Damascus is a colorful addition to this Outdoor Kitchen.
8. Tabarka Tile
Tabarka Tile is a wonderfully moorish, or tuscan option.
9. Tin Backsplashes
10. Mirrored Backsplashes
This really is my favorite, because I haven’t seen it before. This article is compliments of Apartment Therapy.
After seeing a handful of mirrors in the kitchen, we understand some reservation about the material in such a heavy-use space. Mirrors can show everything, from small smudges to cooking splatters. Which is what intrigued us with the mirror used in this kitchen in the Tarpon Run Southern Living Idea House.
The mirrored backsplash is of antiqued 12×12 mirror tiles. Its worn surface warms the space and adds patina and a sense of age. And the bonus? The antiquing disguises imperfections when the mirror isn’t perfectly clean. See more of this kitchen at Southern Living.
AND….THE GRAND FINALE, and Best Kitchen backsplash of all is:
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