Transform a Backsplash or Fireplace with Tile

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:00 AM

One of the best uses for tile - especially those beautiful decorative styles - is transforming an eye-catching element in your home - such as a backsplash - into a stunning design feature that expresses your very own sense of style.

In this article, we'll focus on two examples: a fireplace and a kitchen backsplash. You can easily do something similar with the walls in your shower (where you can have big fun with coordinating niches) and bathroom, as well as a feature wall in a foyer or another area.

Taking Tile to Transform a Fireplace

Taking Tile to Transform a Fireplace

In many homes, you'll find that a fireplace occupies a central and visual area. It tends to communicate a sense of hearth, home, and welcome where you, your family and visitors can gather around for warmth and conversation.

Yes, it's functional, however, it can also be beautiful. The relatively small wall area means that you can be creative in your choice of tile.

The drab example above comes from the remodel described in See How New Flooring Transforms 1980s Connecticut Condo.

Imagine replacing the mantelpiece so you can add a decorative tile feature around the fireplace... What might you choose?

(BTW - we're not focusing on the blah beige square tiles in this article. Don't worry; they are definitely going away.)

Something Cosmopolitan?

You could go for one of the Cosmopolitan Tile Designs from Shaw Tile and Stone. Possibly a subway tile design? 

Or even a bold decorative graphic pattern?

You could go for one of the Cosmopolitan Tile Designs from Shaw Tile and Stone.

Something Glam and Sophisticated?

What about a tile that's more sophisticated and elegant? If your fireplace is in a more formal space, something like the Una Kora Series Panna you see below would be perfect with its glamorous shimmer and shine.

Una Kora Series Panna

Something Bold and Contemporary?

Perhaps you're looking for more of a bold and contemporary tile look. In that case, you'll like these waterjet cut stone hexagons.

Something Bold and Contemporary in Tile

Something With Glass Mosaics and Subtle Pattern?

Glass mosaics are the jewels of the tile world. They come in all kinds of tiny shapes - squares, rectangles, circles, hexagons...

They can shimmer and reflect light. They can even have interesting textured or mirrored backgrounds and in interesting shapes. 

You'll even find them combined with other materials such as metals and stone. 

Something With Glass Mosaics and Subtle Pattern

Glass tile also comes in a subway tile format. Here you see a textured finish that shimmers in the light.

Try shimmery glass subway tile

Here's the Final Result of this Fireplace Transformed with Tile!

Remember the blah, beige floor tile? It's been replaced with a granite hearth.

The fireplace surround has been truly transformed with glass subway tile in different color tones and background textures.

Notice the difference that the larger mantelpiece makes and how much more dramatic the final result looks.

Here's the Final Result of this Fireplace Transformed with Tile!

ReVivify Your Kitchen With a Stunning Tile Backsplash

ReVivify Your Kitchen With a Stunning Tile Backsplash

From the same condo that the fireplace was in, comes this kitchen. It needs something, don't you think?

The replacement cabinets are white with shaker style doors. Already an improvement.

The replacement cabinets are white with shaker style doors.

In addition to new cabinets, this kitchen saw an updated floorplan that opened it up to the dining area. That, however, meant that the space became more visible. It needed to look more elegant and welcoming. What would you select?

Coordinating the Backsplash with the Countertop 

When it comes to a kitchen backsplash, you have many options for playing around with tile design ideas. You might select a solid colored field tile and jazz it up with a band of decorative glass mosaics. And then you want to tie your tile selection with your countertop choice and cabinets, too.

In the example below, notice how the aqua mosaics pull that same tone from the countertop stone. And the beige colored mosaics work harmoniously with the field tile and the countertop. 

Coordinating the Backsplash with the Countertop 

In the case of the kitchen above, the white cabinets have been matched with a warm grey quartz with flecks of black, white and brown.

What About Green Hexagons?

You could opt for contrast. For example, this hexagon mosaic with deep shades of green and warm earth tones could work well. 

What About Green Hexagons?

What About Contemporary Hexagons?

For a more contemporary effect, you might opt for a modified hexagon in beige to coordinate with the countertop. This is Contempo Steel.

What About Contemporary Hexagons?

What about Arabesque Tile Shapes?

If you like the idea of an allover pattern and want fewer angles, you might consider arabesque shapes.

Below you see Traditions Denim.

What about Arabesque Tile Shapes?

And here is another arabesque design, Domino Almond Glossy. 

Try Domino Almond Glossy Arabesque Tile

Here's the Final Result of this Kitchen with Tile Backsplash!

Here's the Final Result of this Kitchen with Tile Backsplash!

As you can see from these photos, the wall cutting the kitchen off from the dining area is gone. Instead, you have a counter with overhang.

The kitchen transformed with a new backsplash

Notice the arabesque backsplash and how well it ties into the countertop selection. The white cabinets look fresh and add to the sense of spaciousness.

Notice the arabesque backsplash and how well it ties into the countertop selection.

The pattern adds sufficient visual interest to attract the eye, yet it isn't distracting.

The pattern adds sufficient visual interest to attract the eye, yet it isn't distracting.

For additional backsplash inspiration, be sure to check out 9 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas to Inspire Your Next Remodel (Video).

Are You Considering Tile for A Before/After Project? 

Let us know how we can help you with your next tile project. You can leave questions in the comments below or contact us.

Be sure to browse our tile catalog online. Realize, though, that you'll find event more when you visit Floor and Decor Design Center! We have two showroom locations in Middletown or Orange, Connecticut and look forward to helping you.

Thanks for reading,

Michael

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