Thursday, January 16, 2014

How to Choose the Best Kitchen Backsplash


Our guest post today is from Eli Mechiovitz at GlassTileStore.com.  

Not too long ago, homeowners considered kitchen backsplashes more functional than ornamental. They help prevent messes while preparing a meal...and that’s pretty much it. These days, backsplashes can help liven up a dreary-looking area, reflect the homeowner’s personality, and generally make the kitchen more awesome. How does one choose the best backsplash for the kitchen?  Here are some tried-and-tested tips from GlassTileStore.com.

Come up with a harmonious kitchen palette

Photo courtesy of HGTV
The amenities and appliances that have pride of place in your kitchen typically dictate your kitchen palette. For example, the color, material, and finish of your countertops or kitchen table can reflect the rest of the kitchen’s color scheme. Many of our clients who are proud of their modern chrome or stainless steel kitchen equipment either choose dramatic tiles to make an interesting visual contrast with them, or else go for subdued neutral tiles to highlight these appliances. Go for what makes you happy.  If you are undecided, tape some tile samples on the wall to see how they look with your best kitchen features.

Choose a spot that demands visual attention

Quartzite Sandstone photo courtesy of HGTV
When you enter your kitchen, which area grabs your attention first? Is it the wall behind the stove or sink? Is it a broad expanse of bare wall or the area near the window? These are the best spots to highlight with a tiled backsplash. For instance, a plain wall is the perfect place to install a frieze of accent tiles, or a mosaic mural. A window that lets in a lot of sunlight can be accentuated with decorative tiles. If you are building your kitchen from scratch, it’s easy enough to integrate the tiles into your design. If you already have an existing backsplash behind your sink or stove and you don’t like it, you can replace it with new tiles that suit your budget and tastes more.

Consider mirrored tiles for tiny spaces

Photo courtesy of HGTV
Small spaces can still benefit from choosing the proper tiles for a kitchen backsplash. Go for reflective tiles, such as glass ones with high-polished finishes. These will help bounce off the light around the kitchen and make the space seem wider. Another trick is to integrate mirrored or polished metal tiles as part of a mosaic backsplash. They can immediately add visual impact to the area while reflecting light.

Purchase proper grouting

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We believe that even the best-looking and most expensive tiles can be ruined with improper grouting. Glass Tile Store always recommends the right kind of grouting for each tile product. Not only does grout hold the tiles together for a long time, but the best kind also complements the color and texture of your tiles. With these in mind, don’t be afraid to ask your supplier about grouting, its application and long-term maintenance before purchasing tiles.

GlassTileStore.com's Eli Mechlovitz is well aware that using colors and simple home accessories can greatly improve and alter a home's look and feel. For example, by adding colorful tiles to a bathroom wall or kitchen backsplash, you can add light and style to the room without having to invest in an expensive redesign. He believes that this constant stream of new and totally original tile designs is what's keeping his business a step ahead of the competition. 
GlassTileStore.com revolutionized the way tiles are sold and bought online. He offers free shipping, a 365 day return policy, and design help to customers, something you'd be hard-pressed to get at other tile stores.



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Interior designing your life

Every new year we think of improving our health and possibly re-designing our homes, but interior design is not just about the space we live in, it’s also about the interior of our mind, soul and body.  Here is a must see on youtube,  5 ways to have an awesome day and life.  Happy 2014 everyone!  :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DyP1osQyVQ#t=107

Tile for kitchen and bath

Thank you, Jacob@tilebar.com for following me on twitter. See his twitter page at https://twitter.com/TileBar1?refsrc=email .