Posted on July 4, 2009
With so many colorful tile choices available today, function is no longer the primary concern for backsplashes. Sometimes it’s all about the beautiful choice.
Originally, backsplashes were installed to protect surfaces from water. With so many colorful tile choices available today, function is no longer the primary concern. Backsplashes are now an important design element in the bath. Host Joan Kohn visits with experts Bruce Levine of Tiles: A Refined Selection Inc. and Anna Kasabian, an interior design writer, to learn about the latest options for tile backsplashes and get tips for making beautiful choices.
When designing a tile backsplash for the bath, keep three things in mind: plan on spending lots of time exploring the myriad options available; bring as many visual references as possible, like floor plans and magazine pictures, to help the designers understand your vision; and most importantly — have fun.
Tile expert Bruce Levine notes the single most important advance in bathroom design in the last few years is the improved sealants available that make it possible to use almost any material in the bath.
When designing the backsplash, personalize it with any combination of tiles from the main tile area and the border.
When designing a bath, the backsplash should not be a separate element, but integrated into the total design, borrowing from other tiles, shapes and colors used throughout the room.
Each space in the bath – shower, sink, tub, toilet – can be defined with its own tile design. To keep the areas related to each other, incorporate at least one common element in all the spaces.
Tile choices are endless, including ceramic tiles that are either handmade or machine-made, glass tiles in a glossy or tumbled finish, metallic tiles and natural stone tiles.
The various tiles work together as a whole in the room.
A popular trend for bath design is the spa look, which uses soft, comforting colors like natural-colored stone, soft greens, grays, browns and blues. Water- or sea-themed tiles are also popular.
Glass tiles offer huge design possibilities, with all the color and finish options. They can be combined to look like a piece of art work on the wall. Homeowners can even bring in objects like buttons or seashells that can be incorporated into custom tiles.
Stone tiles come in shapes and finishes for any look.
When designing the bathroom, mix up materials, tile size, color and finishes for a complex look that is personal and customized.
Glass tiles can have a glossy or tumbled finish, and come in a variety of formed shapes.
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