How to choose your Kitchen and Bathroom backsplash tile: The ultimate guide
Why get Backsplash tiles
It is unthinkable to not have a backsplash around the back of the countertop due to the amount of water and abuse that kitchens get. Even if you can manage the water leakage, objects such as knives, cutting boards, food, and other items that are unintentionally thrown up against your walls can easily cause harm.
You can safeguard your walls with backsplashes. Easy tasks can be completed in a matter of hours with limited tile cutting. It's not too sticky because it just uses a small amount of thin-set. If you use a waterproof adhesive tile mat, it will be fully dry in a very short time.
Backsplashes are the perfect backdrop for bringing your visions to life, with textures ranging from small glass mosaic tile to classic subway tile. Unlike other kitchen projects that necessitate professional skills, this one is simply a do-it-yourself job.
Materials of tiles
The majority of backsplashes are made of tile. The most common form of tile backsplash is glass mosaic. Granite, Corian, Silestone, and stainless steel are examples of other materials that can be used. The same material that was used to make the counter is frequently used to make the backsplash. It's normal for backsplashes to be considered an optional feature, so consult with your installer to make sure you'll get one. Sheet glass is a younger, more trendy material. Sheet glass backsplashes have the extra bonus of being able to paint the backside of the glass, which is the side that faces the wall. This paint coat is resistant to abrasion and scratching, and it is almost difficult to rub or scratch.
Style guide for ceramic tiles
This article will help you choose the best ceramic tile for your home. Outlined below are tile designs for your kitchen and bathroom backsplash tiles.
- Mosaic Tile
Small mosaic tiles are ideal for use on smaller surfaces, such as backsplashes. Tile mosaics have been known for their imaginative use of shapes, patterns, and textures. Many more creative variations are now feasible due to modern production innovations. To make the installation process easier, manufacturers can mount small mosaic tiles on strips or mesh sheets.
- Subway Tile
Subway tile is popular because of its timeless look and straight lines, which complements a wide variety of decorating styles, from farmhouse to ultra-modern. Traditional white subway tile has sparked a new wave of subway looks that come in a rainbow of shades, sizes, and dimensional forms.
- Patterned Tile
Backsplashes are a great place to showcase patterned tile, particularly if you want the backsplash to be the focal point of the room or if you're hesitant to use patterns in larger rooms. Tile patterns may also be generated by mixing tiles in a purposeful repetition or by random collection during the layout implementation to produce a unique style.
- Hexagon Tile
Hexagons have a long history that continues to be timeless and important today. Hexagons provide a pleasing, ordered look while still adding a playful honeycomb pattern to your kitchen or bathroom backsplash. Try using bright complementary colors or a phased pattern for a special twist (read on for more about staggered designs).
- Herringbone Tile Pattern
The herringbone tile pattern brings aesthetic appeal to a tile installation and can appear in a variety of sizes and colors based on the size and color of the tile used. To highlight the pattern, use a monochromatic tile colour and colored grout, or a mixture of colors to produce a stunning design.
- Irregularly Shaped Tile
When using single or multiple hues, irregularly formed mosaic tiles provide a distinct visual pattern for a fun look!
- Dimensional Tile
If you're just thinking about flat tile choices, you're missing out on a whole world of design possibilities. Thanks to technological advancements, you can now give your backsplash a new dimension and give your room a textured 3D look.
- Tile Slabs
While tiles are usually thought of as small items, gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs may be wide enough to cover the entire backsplash. We love this feature for marble-look tile slabs, and you can get an option for “design-your-own” tile slabs with your own personalized pictures.
With no designs or grout lines, single-color tile slabs create a minimalistic look, while patterned tile slabs are a perfect choice if you want the look of wallpaper with the advantages of ceramic tile (i.e., moisture, bacteria, stain, and heat resistance).
- Backsplash with Full-Wall Tile
You can also get a full-wall backsplash. Rather than stopping at a certain point, full-wall backsplashes extend all the way to the roof, providing more wall defense as well as more to admire.
- Backsplash Tile for Kitchen Range
When you're preparing a delicious meal in the kitchen, gaze at something lovely. A backsplash on the stove is a move in the right direction. Range backsplashes will match the rest of your backsplash or feature a special design like the one in the kitchen above. Ceramic tile's flame and stain resistance will shield the wall from heat and messes, regardless of the look you pick.
Installation of Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic tile is the most basic of all backsplashes. It's essentially about putting thinset mortar on the wall and grinding the tile into it when it's all wet. However, making the layout right and holding it straight while the compound dries is the secret. Since it is unreasonable to require tiles installed on a vertical surface to remain stationary, special inexpensive plastic spacers in the shape of a "T" may be used between the tiles. The spacers are removed after the thinset has dried. Using a rubber float to press grout into the seams reinforces the tile's overall structure.
It's time to get started on your kitchen or bathroom backsplash now that you've learned about the advantages of ceramic tile and the various backsplash tile designs available. Visit our website’s gallery for more design suggestions, and then start tiling!