Tile Tips for Making a “Splash” in Your Kitchen

Tile experts say that installing a backsplash is a stylish and affordable way to bring new life to your kitchen.

New York interior design experts agree that one of the best ways to add value to a home is to upgrade the kitchen and, thankfully, it can be done easily and affordably. One of the best ways to refresh a kitchen when you can't afford a full-scale remodel is to add a tile backsplash, which can be done easily and affordably. Best of all, tile experts say that you can be as creative as you want, with an array of material choices, colors, and patterns available.

Tip #1: Always create a focal point around cooking areas, tile experts say. If you are going to splurge on more expensive tile, use it only above the stove and use more affordable tile in the rest of the kitchen. Or if you are using the same tile throughout the room, try a different color or pattern around cooking areas.

Tip #2: Complex or colorful backsplashes look best with solid counters. That way they don't clash, experts say. Try a colorful mix of glass and metal tiles to attract attention in a room with a less charismatic countertop. 

Tip #3: To save money, use more expensive glass or handmade ceramic tiles as accents for a backsplash of less expensive tiles. You'll still have a memorable look, but at a fraction of the cost.

Tip #4: Wrapping the backsplash around the entire room gives a sense of visual continuity, which can help a small space seem larger.

Tip #5: Changing the orientation of run-of-the-mill subway or field tile can create an expensive look for less, experts say. Consider running the tile vertically for a modern look or lay it on a diagonal in a place you want as a focal point, such as a cooking area.

Retail and wholesale tile experts say that these are only a few of the ways that you can use tile backsplashes to bring new life to your kitchen.

The best part of a tile backsplash project is that you can really get as creative s you want. With so many different types of kitchen tiles on the market today, the possibilities, expert say, are endless.