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Different Types of Backsplashes

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Backsplash, Kitchen and Bath

Many homeowners include backsplashes in their kitchen and bathrooms as a decorative layer. But backsplashes real value is providing a protective layer to your walls. A backsplash behind your stovetop can serve as a shield to your walls during greasy, saucy, or messy meals.

There are thousands of different types, styles and textures you can choose from for their kitchen or bathroom. To help you rein in all of the choices, we have created a list of the different types of backsplashes. Keep in mind, there will probably be other options that we did not list just because there are so many! The items we do list are some of the most popular backsplash choices. We hope you enjoy!

Different Types of Backsplashes:
Tile: Color Glass Tile, Porcelain Tile, Textured Tile, Penny Tile, Mosaic Tile, Handmade Tile, Etched Glass Tile and Tumbled Stone & Glass Tile.
Metals: Stainless Steel, Copper Tile, and Bronze.
Stones: Natural Stone, Marble, Quartzite Sandstone, River Rock.
Other: Embossed Concrete, Tin Sheets, Brick, Patterned Wallpaper, Chalkboard Paint, and Reclaimed Wood.

Different Backsplash Patterns:

The Running Bond Tile Pattern. (Also known as subway tile pattern)
The Herringbone Pattern. (One of our favorites!! – Ask us for more details)
The Mosaic Pattern.
The Straight Lay Pattern.
The Diagonal Pattern.
The Checkerboard Pattern.
The Basketweave Pattern.
The Windmill Pattern.
The Versailles Pattern.
The Pinwheel Pattern.

Different Areas to Put Backsplash in:
Above your countertops in your kitchen or bathroom
Behind your kitchen’s stovetop or sink
Lining the space above your bathtub
Wherever you want to get creative

What is your favorite type of backsplash listed above? We would love to hear from you in the comment section! For assistance in the selection process, we would love to help you! Contact us today https://www.century-tile.com/contact_us!

What Tile Is Best for You?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Tile

Tile flooring has been perfected for centuries. Today, there are thousands of tile options available for flooring and wall coverings. With such a wide variety, the decision process can feel downright daunting. However, there are several categories of tile and different areas of application where they perform best. With a better understanding of different kinds of tile, you can make a more informed decision on which flooring is right for you. Here are several of the most common tile options and their best suits:

Ceramic

One of the most common tile options today is ceramic. Ceramic tile is created by heating clay up at high temperatures. The tile comes out waterproof and stain-resistant. Plus, ceramic is a versatile and affordable option that works great on floors and walls in almost any room. Not to mention, ceramic tile can come in a large variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns.

Porcelain

The next tile option is porcelain. Porcelain is extremely waterproof and durable. It is how most toilet bowls are created. This tile extremely durable and works great in every atmosphere. From walls and floors to countertops and outdoors, porcelain is the kind of tile. Plus, it is scratch- and chip-resistant and hard to stain. Like ceramic, it also can come in a variety of textures and colors.

Natural Stone

Where natural stone reigns supreme is against heat. Natural stone is heat-, scratch-, water-, and stain-resistant. It offers the most longevity with proper care. While the rocks can be porous and may need to be sealed, it can be used on walls, floors, countertops, and outdoor environments.

Quarry

Quarry tile is an impervious paving tile made from ground minerals similar to bricks. They are cooked at extremely high temperatures and extremely slip-resistant. They work wonders in wet environments with their slip-resistant properties. You will commonly see quarry tiles used in commercial bathrooms or ski lodges because of their superior slip-resistance and durability properties. Plus, this floor is easy to maintain and can be used inside and outside your home.

Glass

Glass is an extremely decorative tile option. The transparency allows light to play uniquely off each tile. It can be used outdoors, but typically is used for shower walls or backsplashes. You will also see glass sold in mosaic patterns used in pools as well. Plus, it is waterproof as well as stain-proof.

Tile is universal, and it can work in many different environments. Deciding which tile will work for your home comes down to taste. Once you have found several tiles, decide if they can withstand the environment in which they will be installed. For more insight on flooring options and tile, be sure to talk to your Century Tile sales representative.

Backsplash Trends That You Will Love

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Backsplash

With a new year, new trends are on the horizon. Some traditional styles still have continued to thrive, but new backsplash trends have emerged. Therefore, if you are looking to do a backsplash in your home, it is key to know the latest styles and trends. Today, we will explore some of the new trends on the market to help you decide which styles you may want in your own home. Let’s get started!

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles used to be so prevalent in every home a couple of years ago, and then they became outdated. It seems now that all the old subway tiles have been removed, the trend is back on the uprise. Homeowners and businesses are once again incorporating subway tile backsplashes in their design. The simplicity grid layout helps build a simple, clean-cut aesthetic.

Bold Patterns

Geometrical shapes and bold patterns are becoming very common, as well. You can see this with encaustic tiles and other bold-patterned tile systems. These geometrical patterns can become the focal point of any room. Just try finding a pattern in which you can complement other areas of your design.

Solid Wall

Solid wall backsplash is another largely trending aesthetic look. These backsplashes eliminate any grout line or separation and are installed as one large piece. This style can create a very sleek and cleaned line look in your home.

Marble

If you are looking to add some character to the room, consider marble. Marble has a ton of character throughout the intricate veining patterns in each piece. Each marble tile will offer its own aesthetic and unique look to the room. This style can quickly spruce up a dull area and make a stunning backsplash.

To the Ceiling

Backsplashes are also beginning to lose their limitations on height. Traditionally, backsplashes were just high enough for splashes or spills. However, we are now seeing homeowners backsplash the whole wall – all the way up to the ceiling. If you use this look, keep in mind the size of your tiles if you are looking to do this in hard-to-install areas.

Trends are significant to keep in touch within the interior design industry. Are you surprised by any of these backsplash trends?

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How to Use Metallic Tiles to Add Drama

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Backsplash, Tile

Metallic tiles have been an element found in design for several years. However, they have mostly been used as backsplashes and in stainless steel finishes. Many choose to stay away from using metallic tiles in other areas than the kitchen because they can give off a cold and industrial feel. However, these days metallic tiles are produced in warmer tones such as bronze, rose gold, copper, and soft silver.

Metallic tiles can be a great accessory in your home, especially if you are looking for some versatility. Plus, using metallic tiles is ideal if you have too much wood in your decor, or if you desire to add drama to your home design, here are some easy ways you can incorporate metallic tiles:

More Than Just Stainless Steel

Of course, the most common use for metallic tiles is as backsplashes on kitchen walls. Since stainless steel was once the popular choice, many homeowners are opting for bronze, pewter, and other warmer metals to use as a backsplash. These alternatives are just as durable, resistant to high temperatures and moisture, and can handle food stains like traditional stainless steel.

Not Just for the Kitchen

That being said, do not limit yourself; you do not have to relegate metallic tiles to the kitchen. In fact, you can use them in many different areas of the home. For instance, they are suitable for bathrooms, walls, and even the ceiling. Plus, you can purchase metallic tiles in a variety of finishes, sizes, patterns, and textures to match your personal style.

Factors to Consider

Metallic tiles can be more durable than other tile options. That being said, even though they are super durable, they can still be easily scratched and dented. When installing metallic tiles, you should exercise caution so that you do not damage the metal finish. Additionally, since metal tiles are easily dented/scratched and cold to the touch, they are not ideal for floors unless you use them as an insert or deco tile.

To view Century Tile’s metal tile collection, please visit us here. Also, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or visit us.

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.

Backsplashes in Contemporary Kitchens

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile

The backsplash has evolved over time to become one of the most decorative elements in a kitchen design. Nearly any style of kitchen can make use of the different colors and patterns that can be displayed here, but one of the kitchen styles that can benefit most is the contemporary kitchen. With their stark lines and clean contours, contemporary kitchens often run the risk of feeling impersonal. Used correctly the backsplash area can help overcome this fault, injecting the kitchen with personality.

Keeping a Cohesive Design

Use tiles in a contemporary kitchen in a way that will both liven up the space and stay in keeping with the rest of the décor. The key is in the choosing of the materials and the way that they are laid out.

Bold Statement

One way is to use tiles to create a bold statement on the backsplash. If your kitchen is a little too stark or plain in color and design, a really bold backsplash can make the entire room pop; try one of these designs to enhance the space:

  • Use a bold color like red combined with a unique pattern such as falling water which is made up of several small pieces of tile designed to look like rain
  • Use a tile that has a unique feature such as glass rods installed to look like bamboo or tiles with an iridescent finish to them

Focal Point

If your kitchen doesn’t have a focal point or a resting place for the eye, it can make you feel as if you aren’t anchored in the room. Try using the backsplash to give the space a focal point using one of these ideas:

  • Use glass mosaics to create a modern mural behind your cooktop pulling from colors within the room as your palette and using a well known work of art as your inspiration
  • Use plain, oversized tiles on the majority of the backsplash, then use something very different behind the cooktop such as river rocks or handmade glass tiles in a bold color

Inject Some Fun

The backsplash is one way to inject your personality or interests into your design. Have some fun with it in your contemporary kitchen to make the entire room come alive.

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

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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.

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Contrast Blend

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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!

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