Kitchen Backsplashes / September 18, 2018 / Cade Brown.
Tile is ever-changing, and today’s latest trends, driven in part by new manufacturing methods and printing technologies, are opening up a whole new world of covetable looks. We’re seeing a push toward new and innovative ways of combining different products, using tiles to create bold geometric shapes or to evoke an understated luxury with soft, organic lines and nature-inspired textures.
Any kind of backsplash can look good if you know how to install it. For example, this glass tile mosaic has a random pattern and the tiles interlock like pieces of a puzzle. In a way, this makes it easy to get an overall cohesive look. So here’s how you install them. First mix up the mortar. Apply it with a trowel and gradually press the tiles in. keep going one row at a time. Mosaic tiles are one of the easiest to install because they’re small in height and because of the random pattern.
Want your backsplash to send a message? How about a stenciled design? That should do the trick. First apply spackle on the wall and let it dry overnight. Then paint the wall any color you want (in this case a dark chocolate tone). Then sponge on bronze metallic paint. Then comes the tricky part: the stenciling. You need to do some research and pick a technique. Also, be patient.
Natural stone backsplashes have a distinctly different texture than tiles, and offer a contrast to smooth counters and cabinets. Stone is porous, however, which makes it harder to clean and more prone to chipping. An alternative to using smaller, stacked stones is to continue the same granite or marble used for the countertops all the way up the wall.
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