Subtle gold, light browns, beiges and creams go best with contemporary look. Another method is to opt for Mediterranean look through extensive use of hand-painted and bold tiles. Seaside colors such as greens and blues with jewel tone accents work best.
If you have a solid countertop then you should consider putting up a glass tile blend. This beautiful assortment of color can pull together your counters, cabinets, and fixtures. A lot of companies sell stock blends with particular colors but there are some out there that will customize the blend for you. Done correctly and a glass tile blend will make your kitchen backsplash something that everyone will talk about.
If you are having challenges visualizing, WAIT to pick out the colors of your backsplash. I have so many customers that just can't visualize how everything will look when it's all finished. And, it's no wonder because when you are redoing your whole kitchen, virtually every element is changing. How often do you redo your kitchen? I'm guessing not often. Of course for someone like me who does this all the time, it comes more naturally, but for a regular customer, most of them need some assistance. From a sequencing standpoint, you'll want to get floors, cabinets and countertops done all sequentially. And, while your kitchen is out of commission at this point, once those countertops are installed and sinks/appliances reconnected to water and/or gas lines, your kitchen is operational again. If you need to, you can delay a bit before picking finalizing the backsplash, especially if this makes you feel more comfortable in your decision. I have many customers that opt for this solution. It just gives them piece of mind and more confidence in their choices.
Backsplashes are the most exposed place in your kitchen, in danger of getting dirty from all the food stains from all the kitchen activities. Sometimes, you just get discouraged when you see the stains and the thought of having to clean them all up. You sometimes forget to clean them thus adding to more buildup, and, before you know it, your backsplash is the ugliest spot in the kitchen.
A new design trend in kitchen backspashes is glass. Textured glass tiles are usually installed between the cabinets and counters. Glass is easy to clean and scratch resistant.
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