Homeowners today have numerous choices when it comes to renovating their favorite kitchen. There are endless ideas for the taking that sometimes, it can get confusing when it’s time to make a decision.
A popular trend these days in kitchen remodeling projects is the use of a tile backsplash. This alone already presents various choices. Tiles today come in different types, shapes, sizes, colors and patterns.
For those who’d like to create a unique look in their kitchen, installing a subway tile backsplash is a great idea. This tile is not the usual square type you often see around the reason why it can create an out of the ordinary look in your kitchen.
It’s called subway tile because it’s patterned after the walls of the famous subway stations in New York. Unlike the usual square, this one is smaller in height and is rectangular in shape. And they need not be installed in straight lines all the time which adds to the uniqueness. It’s very flexible as well when used as a kitchen backsplash because it can complement both traditional and modern interior spaces.
While the traditional subway tile is in white, various colors are also available today. And although a grout in matching color can be used when installing this on the wall, some homeowners prefer to use a different grout color to make the tile standout more.
An all white subway tile kitchen backsplash is an ideal choice for homeowners who want to have a clean look. But those who’d like a modern touch in their kitchen, utilizing other colors or mixing different complementary colors of this tile to create a mosaic is a great idea. Hunt’s Kitchen Design does a good job putting together detailed articles on creating various kitchen design styles if you want even more ideas.
Another option is to use different sizes and colors of subway tiles. You can create mosaics made from the smaller size subway tiles and then install them as borders or as centerpiece particularly above the cooking range area thereby serving as your kitchen’s focal point.
Installing a subway tile back splash follows the same process as the other materials. This can be a do-it-yourself project done on a weekend or if you’re not confident of your skills, you can always hire a contractor.
As this is going to be a backsplash, the first step you will have to take is to measure the entire area where you will be installing the tiles. Get the exact measurement as much as possible. Next is to layout a specific pattern that you want and determine the number of tiles you will need.
Remember, though, that while you are able to find out how many tiles you need, it would be best to buy extra tiles. You may need to cut some tiles on the edges depending on the pattern you want and you wouldn’t want to be going back and forth to the store or waiting for days for your additional order to arrive. But if you already have extra tiles on hand, your work will be faster.
So choose a color and pattern that will blend well with your kitchen design theme. The subway tiles are for you to use to create that lovely kitchen you’ve always wanted to have.