The catch with renovating your backsplash is that it’s not the easiest project to take on. Sometimes they may be hard to remove, chipping one tile away at a time. It’s extremely tedious and time consuming. However, there are ways to make a daunting task a bit more approachable. For example, if your backsplash is still durable, and not yet garbage worthy, you can always simply install over it. Continue reading →
Glass tile has steadily risen in popularity these past few years, and as a result costs have been driven down as competition increases between makers. Even better, eco-friendly processes have become involved, and some makers boast 100% recycled glass tile lines.
However, some contractors are reluctant to lay glass tile because they are not used to the methods to set it down. It’s different from ceramic tile and if done wrong can be costly to re-do. Contrary to popular belief, it’s fairly easy to do, as long as you’re prepared appropriately.
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If you already have started your eco-friendly kitchen with bamboo cabinets, cork flooring, and new lighting, etc…
Now, might be the time to think about changing your backsplash. Believe it or not, you can do it all by yourself.
There are pretty simple steps to follow. This is how you go about creating an eco-friendly metal backsplash: Continue reading →
Do you love to cook? Are you always in the kitchen sautéing, grilling or frying? Well, your meal may turn out to be a perfect master piece, but what about your kitchen? There is going to be a clean up after the meal is over. You probably have a backsplash in your kitchen. It is completely worth it because it cuts your cleaning time in half. Think about trying to clean cooking oils, like canola and olive oil, off of paint or wall paper. That would be a total disaster! Continue reading →
We will never get tired of spreading awareness about our environment as well as providing our readers with the latest trends in green design.
Do you know what 2013 will bring to the world of kitchen design? Organic. That’s right, warm, earthy gourmet spaces. Mixing wood, slate, stone, and other rustic materials with industrial pieces.
Terry Mulligan of Yahoo gives us the latest trend in kitchen design:
Greens, blues, grays, browns, yellows, reds — these colors will be making a grand appearance in kitchens across the country. Whether on painted, weathered cabinets or handmade, upcycled tile, earthen colors will warm up our cooking spaces like never before. All shades are fair game, unless they glow neon. Stick to what you find in nature, and you’ll be right in style.
Organic Wood Cabinets
Instead of traditionally styled, stained, and glazed cabinets with fancy millwork, look for a more understated display of rustic wood on cabinet surfaces. Spalted maple or natural birch drawer fronts will be mixed with clean, industrial-styled cabinet doors and brushed stainless steel. And this year, austere shaker cabinets will be reinvented in many ways. It will be a welcome, yet unusual departure from the kitchens of the last 10 years.
Wood, Stone, or Tile Counters
Granite may not be the material of choice for countertops anymore. Wood and stone like slate should dominate — then add tile tops and backsplashes with a handmade look and feel. It’s all about color and textures that make you feel at home and comfortable this year.
Materials in Their Natural Form
Anywhere you can use materials in their natural form, it’s time to do so. Exposed beams on walls and ceilings will add a rural touch in some kitchens. Wood counters will sport natural, unfinished edges in their shift to a more organic style.
Rustic floors will be the rage. Reclaimed wood or polished concrete with amazing stain work will pull the other organic elements of the room together. Slate floors will also be in demand over highly polished marble or tile. Yet even in their natural form, these floors will still be a work of art. Artisans will be lending their expertise to make them part of a unique and extraordinary kitchen design statement.
At Plumbtile, the leader in all things bathroom and kitchen design related products, we have a wide array of green products from counters, faucets, and even tiles that are that are made from renewable resources that have none to minimal impact on our environment.
Let’s GO GREEN in 2013!
PlumbTile features the largest collection of premium brand names including Alno, Jado, Hansgrohe, Herbeau, Phylrich, California Faucets, KWC, Newport Brass, Toto, Ginger, Americh & Zuma Tubs, Hastings, Sugatsune, Classic Brass & more.
Whether you are looking to do a complete kitchen remodel, or looking to make a fast and inexpensive update to your space, installing a beautiful backsplash should be on your renovation “to-do” list. A backsplash can be neutral and used to enhance an exhisting design or it can be used to stand out and be the focus of the room. Unsure where to begin when planning your backsplash update? Talk to a design specialist at Plumbtile for some design tips and advice for your space.
Here are some great tile ideas by Busby-Gilbert tile to get you started:
Begin with a unique design on your backsplash, and finish off the beautiful design with a neutral ceiling tile.
Design can be found in neutral colors too. Plumbtile offers a wide selection of tiles that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Check out how this distinctive neutral tile brings character to this kitchen’s backsplash.
Make your kitchen really stand out with this matchless design. An arched stoned tile is used to enhance this vibrant blue backsplash to give the area behind the range the look and feel of an Italian pizza kitchen.
The same tile from your backsplash can be used to cover your countertop as well. Just be sure to break up the design with decorative tiles in the backsplash pattern. Check out this beautiful tile backsplash and counter top in green tones.
To begin piecing together your new beautiful backsplash, talk to a design specialist and Plumbtile.
Greasy or sauce-laden splashes are a pain to clean off of painted walls, but with a properly installed tile backsplash, cleanup is a breeze! Glass tile is a particularly good choice not only because it is beautiful, but is extremely stain resistant and wipes clean with little to no effort. Here is how to install a glass tile backsplash in your kitchen.