Match colors, mix materials. Having a tough time deciding among tiles? Live with them for a while. Tape color and tile samples to the walls to see what they look like throughout the day as natural light changes. Choose one main color and a couple of accent colors to use throughout the kitchen, including the backsplash.
Invest in the high-impact zone. There is more square footage of wall space above the range and sink, so you can play with tile design. That area gets a lot of visual attention. Consider a neutral field tile for the rest of the kitchen, then bring in a funky glass tile to create a showy centerpiece above the stove.
Avoid common mistakes. If you plan to order your own tile from a supplier, be sure to ask about these important components:
- Primary (field) tile should be thicker than decorative tile.
- Remember trim pieces.
- Ask if the tile you want is in stock.
Ask about wear and tear. How easily can you clean the tile, and what is the best way to seal it? Ceramic tile doesn’t need this extra step, but natural tile does if you want to maintain its appearance.
Be budget savvy. When on a budget, avoid trendy tile and revisit classic white ceramic. Flexibility is important if you’re working on a budget— Where are you willing to compromise? Choose based on priority.