If you are renovating your existing kitchen or you are building a new one, then you will want to consider glass tile. Glass comes in a variety of colors and finishes and is one of the most durable, easy-to-clean options on the market. Here are some tips for designing a great kitchen backsplash out of glass tile.
Choose a Style
Because glass is a manufactured material, glass backsplashes come in a variety of differ forms. You can choose from clear sheets of glass, glass tiles, or glass blocks. One you’ve settled on a basic style, then you have to think about patterns and colors. The color options are nearly limitless and if you don’t like what is offered, you can always paint the wall and put a clear glass backsplash over it. Textures are also quite diverse, ranging from clear and smooth to nearly opaque due to etching, frosting, and a variety of other treatments.
The truth is that choosing a style is the hardest part about owning a glass backsplash. You will probably want to hire a professional to walk you through the options and create models using software. Remember that glass lasts forever, so you want to make sure you like it.
Mix It Up
There is nothing wrong with mixing materials. In fact, mixing other things in with your glass backsplash can really make both options pop. Ceramic tile is very popular mixed with glass, but you can go with wood, stone, marble, metal, or even paper. Limestone has recently seen a resurgence in popularity as an attractive addition to a glass backsplash.
Mixing together two kinds of glass or two patterns of glass can make a simple palette look sophisticated. You can even use the same kind of glass, but simply alter the lines of the wall by putting some tiles horizontally and some vertically. Glass is extremely versatile, so don’t just stick to the options in front of you, come up with your own.
Plan the Rest of the Room
When planning your backsplash, it is important to consider what the rest of the room will look like. The consideration should go beyond countertops, cabinets, and major appliances to include things like cutting blocks, flowers, tea kettles, stools, and the finish on faucets. How these things work together can greatly influence the color and pattern of your backsplash.
Glass unlocks a lot of design potential, so don’t be afraid to experiment a little. Design your kitchen using software first and then move on to samples and color swatches to make final adjustments. If you take your time and allow your mind to wander, chances are good that you’ll come up with a beautiful backsplash idea that is entirely unique to your home.