Posts Tagged ‘backsplash’

imgedite3d3686b19eb1090289509a7bf4e363a_68143_l.png

At What Point In The Kitchen Design Do I Pick Out The Backsplash?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

Many homeowners in the process of designing a new kitchen wonder when they should tackle the backsplash. After all, the backsplash is one of the most purely decorative elements in the kitchen, and often the most personal as well. If you find yourself half way done with your new kitchen design and find that you still haven’t picked out the backsplash, don’t worry; this is one area of the kitchen that can wait.

Backsplashes were once considered a functional part of your kitchen designed to keep the walls in good condition by protecting them from splashes and splatters. With the advances in washable paints, however, as well as newer cleaning supplies and wall building technologies, backsplashes no longer need to be functional. Instead, they have become purely decorative.

Think about it for a minute: You couldn’t use your new kitchen without cabinets, counters, flooring, or appliances, right? But you can use it without the backsplash, so if you want to take your time in this one area, it will not affect the kitchen’s use.

In fact, in many cases, the best thing to do is wait. Unless you know exactly what backsplash you plan to install and it’s merely a question of finding the right tile, sometimes waiting lets you live with the kitchen and your choices for a little while. You get to see what it is the kitchen is lacking, such as color, whimsy, light, or movement. For example, a kitchen that turns out too dark would benefit from a glass backsplash that could reflect light, while a kitchen that is a little too neutral would benefit from a pop of color.

Therefore, wait until you have all the other components of the kitchen picked out first before choosing the backsplash. This way you can ensure that the colors and style of the backsplash matches your other choices. You can also wait until the kitchen is installed to pick it out so you can see if there is an element lacking that the backsplash could provide. It isn’t uncommon for new kitchens to go without a backsplash for as long as a year as the homeowners make up their minds. Take your time and don’t rush; the backsplash could end up being the keystone that pulls the whole design together.

8163240s_66632_l.jpg

Why Have A Backsplash?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

Let’s be honest. The alternative to not having a backsplash in your kitchen is not pretty. It is a discolored wall due to remnants of dinners long gone and bleach spots from overzealous attempts at removing ugly marks. Without a doubt it is one of the most important features in a kitchen and can speak volumes about the homeowners.

For many of people, the backsplash serves a utilitarian purpose by protecting and preserving the area behind the stove from grease stains, food splatter and ugly smoke marks. While these are definitely important jobs, the backsplash can go a long way in adding to the visual appeal of a kitchen.

One of the greatest features of installing a backsplash is the ability to customize your kitchen to showcase your taste. There is a sea of options available that can cater to each homeowner’s style, all while bringing cohesion to the look and feel of the overall house. You may choose to tie in other design elements featured in separate rooms, like tile colors that match the neighboring family room or the continuation of a pattern used throughout the bathrooms.

Backsplashes come in different colors, textures and even materials. They range from the more trendy mosaic tiles to quirky tin squares that offer a more vintage feel. A well thought out backsplash can also change the perceived size of the kitchen.  A backsplash can run the entire length of the kitchen walls or it can be concentrated solely behind the stove. The sky is truly the limit as some home owners may choose to make it the main showcase in the room, going so far as to extend it to the top of kitchen cabinets or even to the ceiling. This in turn affects the overall feel of the kitchen and can create an atmosphere that can be either cozy or industrial.

A backsplash saves on the hassle of constantly repainting walls  or reapplying wallpaper and drastically cuts down clean up time to just a quick swipe of a towel. It provides an expression of self that is both extremely functional as well contributes an important design element in any kitchen.

 

Make sure that the backsplash pattern you have chosen reflects the tone and feel of your home while still expressing your individuality.  Please share pictures if you have a creative design or just a beautiful backsplash!

Product Spotlight: Caprice

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Kitchen and Bath, Product Education, Tile

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 4.06.27 PMAre you looking for an accent or backsplash inspiration?

Caprice by Dal-Tile is our product spotlight this week.  It’s a glass tile product.

This product would look great used as a backsplash in a bathroom (like the image to the left) or in the kitchen.  You could also put it in the shower as an accent strip.  Where do you envision this in your home?

Caprice comes in eight different colors! Which out of the eight colors pictured below is your favorite?  Do you like the lighter or darker options?  The lighter colors would look great against a dark counter top for contrast and vice versa for the darker colors against a light counter top.  If you want to bring in a subtle color into the room, Whisper Green might just be the choice for you.

Take a closer look at our website here.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 4.05.25 PM

Contrast Blend

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 4.05.37 PM

Creme Soda

Crimson Blend

Crimson Blend

Ice White

Ice White

Kinetic Khaki

Kinetic Khaki

Mink Blend

Mink Blend

Vanilla Blend

Vanilla Blend

Whisper Green

Whisper Green

What’s Hot in Bathroom Design?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Tile, Tips

20819710_SYou’ve overhauled your kitchen and now it’s time to give your bathrooms some extra love.

Do you have a bathtub? Try replacing it with a claw foot tub. The new ones have been given an update and a modern spin to make this classic look fashionable.

Faucets are going high tech. Install a hands-free action-sensor model.

Think luxury. Leather vanities with stainless steel tops were featured a recent design show. You can even customize the leather color.

Jetted tubs are out. Now you “need” a hydrotherapy tub. VibrAcoustic transducers broadcast sound waves through the water to relax and calm the body. Unlike jets, the transducers don’t interrupt the surface of the water, since they’re found below the bathtub’s shell. Who knew?

If you really want to spoil yourself you can add a shower that allows you to control the precise temperature and water pressure you want. You can even start your shower right from your cozy bed with your shower remote control.

Add the finishing touches to your updated bathroom with a patterned backsplash – think herringbone. Pair that with black Italian marble countertops and flooring and a metallic sink.

When it comes to lighting, combine pretty with practical. Sconces on either side of your mirror are good lighting for your face. Put pot lights in the ceiling and add a statement chandelier.

There you have it, design ideas to turn your bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary, a get-away from the world and a place to pamper yourself. Because after all, don’t we all need that?

A Kitchen Backsplash Before and After Reveal

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Tile, Tips

Before adding a backsplash

Are you deciding whether or not to add or update a backsplash? Perhaps it’s your kitchen backsplash, but you’re still on the fence about making such a big change.  Take a look at the photos below and see if they give you any inspiration.

This particular kitchen looks great before adding a backsplash.  Most people would love the kitchen just how it is and not think twice that a design element, like a backsplash, is even needed.  This space looks complete.

photo 4However, if you continue to scroll down, you can see just how big of a difference  a backsplash can make in a space.  The glass mosaic tile added to the background of the kitchen really adds depth to the kitchen design.  Before the kitchen looked great, and now the kitchen has a wow factor and really brings the kitchen alive.  This backsplash looks beautiful with the wood cabinets. granite countertop, and stainless steel appliances.

The backsplash’s purpose isn’t only to add color or richness to the kitchen, but it also provides protection.  A backsplash, in general, is placed  behind countertops and the stove to help protect the walls against food that might splash up against it.  Notice, that these homeowners decided to take the backsplash all the way up to the ceiling, behind the stove hood.  This is a great solution for what to with the space behind an exposed hood.

The backsplash also helps create an embellished window frame behind the sink.  As you can see, before the window is just there, but after the backsplash installation, the window trim pops and stands out much more.  If you like the glass tile option, learn more about glass tile and its pattern, color, and sizes options on our website.  Don’t forget, we’re here to help and if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment space below!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

Our Customer Appreciation Sale

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Carpet, Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Natural Stone, Sales and Promotions, Summer

Going on for only three days this weekend from Saturday, June 22nd to Monday, June 24th 2013 we are holding our Customer Appreciation Sale!  Thank you to all of our previous, recent, existing, and future customers for all that you do!  We’re taking this opportunity to show you just how thankful we truly are for you!  Check out our Customer Appreciation website information, too!

Have a wonderful weekend and we hope to see you at any one of our many locations!

Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 4.02.01 PM

Flood Recovery Postcard

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Century Tile Difference, Century Tile News, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate, Sales and Promotions, Tile

Screen Shot 2013-05-09 at 1.09.12 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-09 at 1.09.27 PM

 

Have the recent floods disrupted the way you live?  Has your home been damaged and you need to start picking up the pieces?  We have felt the impact of the weather conditions and want to provide as much help as we can!  Let’s work together to get your home back to its warm self and a place you can call home again.  For a limited time only, we are offering an exclusive combination of offers.

  • We can help work with your insurance company
  • We’re here to help with labor: free labor credits
  • $25 off any Century Tile backsplash
  • Receive free labor and carpet pad with any carpet purchase
  • 18 month special financing available

We’ll help you get back to normal as soon as possible!  Print out the invitation above and bring it into any one of our locations to receive these exclusive offers!  Check out our website for more information on our products.

Sink and Faucet Color Combos: Reader Question

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Hints and Advice, Reader Question

Reader Question:

Can I put a black granite sink w/ a oil rubbed bronze faucet?
Thank You,

Carla

Answer:

Dear Carla,

Great question! You most certainly can put an oil rubbed bronze faucet with a black granite sink. These two will compliment each other very well. Things to keep in mind are colors of other metal elements in the room such as appliances, cabinet hardware and decorative accessories. You want to make sure that there is at least one other oil rubbed bronze element in the room.

For example, you might want to reconsider if all of your appliances, backsplash accents and cabinet hardware are stainless and the oil rubbed bronze faucet is the only item that doesn’t coordinate. Everything doesn’t have to “match”, but it does have to look planned.

We hope this helps!