Posts Tagged ‘kitchen design elements’

How to Hang a Mirror in Your Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

When used creatively, mirrors can add a tremendous decorative edge to a space. We are so used to seeing mirrors suspended in many different areas of the home, but what about the kitchen? The kitchen is probably the last place you thought about placing a mirror. However, a well-chosen mirror can be the right accessory to inject loads of glamour into this space.

Why Hang A Mirror in the Kitchen?

Of course, hanging a mirror in the kitchen is a non-traditional decorating idea. Some people are totally against it because the kitchen is almost always a messy workspace. From helping the kids complete a project to trying out a new recipe, all kinds of experiments take place in this area; a mirror could just be a reflection of the mess. On the other hand, mirrors can open up a space and add decorative detail to the room.

So why would you hang a mirror in the kitchen? According to the experts, whenever there is an opportunity to add dimension, we should take advantage of it. Incorporating a mirror into the kitchen can instantly boost the brightness and double the depth of the room. Depending on where in the kitchen you choose to suspend a mirror, it can visually improve your cooking and countertop space.

Depending on the style and materials, mirrors are inexpensive. There are many imaginative ways to incorporate mirrors in space. From framed oversized mirrors to medium ones with metal hardware, nothing is off-limits.

Where Should I Hang a Mirror in the Kitchen?

If you are sold on the idea, you are probably wondering where is the best to place up hang up a mirror in the kitchen. Remember, clever positioning is everything, so you will want to make sure you pick the perfect location. Here are some places you might want to suspend a mirror in this area:

Behind the Stove

A mirrored backsplash behind the stove provides a backsplash effect that will allow you to keep your eye on the kids while preparing a meal. A mirrored backsplash will also visually double the space behind it. Depending on how tall the backsplash is, it can even make the ceiling appear higher. Mirrored backsplashes are something we often see in kitchen designs, so get creative.

Behind the Sink

Do you not have a small window above the kitchen sink? Well, you can always create the effect of one with a mirror. As previously mentioned, mirrors reflect light, which makes them ideal for small or dark spaces. By installing a mirrored backsplash behind the sink, in lieu of a window, your kitchen is guaranteed to feel spacious and comfortable for socializing and cooking.

What are your thoughts on incorporating mirrors into your kitchen design? Let us know below in the comment section.

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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Reader Question: Kitchen Backsplash

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath, Reader Question

We recently received this question from one of our readers:
I have golden oak cabinets and almond counter tops, what type and color of back splash would you recommend to give my kitchen a more updated look?
There are a few things to consider when planning a backsplash so start with asking yourself these questions:
1. Do you want the tile to blend or contrast with the other items in the kitchen?
2. How much room do you have? If you plan to keep an existing backsplash that’s part of the countertop, this limits the amount of space you have to work with.
3. Do you want the backsplash to be practical or a design element in your kitchen?
4. What colors do you want to add or pull out from your existing decor? Do you want to add a warm or cool color palette?
After you’ve answered these questions, consider glass tiles or large format tiles to give you an updated look.
If you still aren’t sure and need a visual, check out our virtual room designer. You can try on different looks here, to get an idea if you like large or small tiles, contrasting colors or tiles that blend.
Another option that might help is checking out our backsplash board on our Pinterest page. Please let us know if you have any other questions!