Backsplash Shopping & Installation Ideas For The Kitchen And Bathroom

Tile backsplashes in the bathroom and kitchen are installed in a way that prevents liquid from draining behind the cabinets and along the walls. They add style to your kitchen or bathroom and update their look when chosen properly. This means it is important for homeowners to choose the type of tile backsplash that suits their style and taste. Here is a close look at some of the common types of kitchen and bathroom backsplash ideas that you may consider depending on the overall design of your bathroom and kitchen.
Ceramic tile backsplash  

Ceramic is one of the most popular types of material used for bathroom and kitchen tile backsplashes. They are available in different finishes, colors and sizes. Most of them come with matte and glossy finishes that can be made to look like metal or stone. They are suitable for counter tops, walls and floors because they are fired and glazed in a kiln.

Product Example: Glossy Cream Colored Set of 10 Ceramic Tiles 4 1/4" By 4 1/4" Each Great for Painting, Craft Projects, Mosaic Tile, Tile Projects: (http://is.gd/uvhDYI)

It costs $12.00 with free shipping for orders above $35.00. It is sold by NicyAnny’s Treasures but fulfilled by Amazon. Its dimensions are 4.2x0.2x4.2inches with a shipping weight of 3.8 pounds. It is perfect for small bathroom and kitchen projects. It can be used as a canvas for making mosaic and panting projects.

Glass tile backsplash

Glass tile backsplashes are mainly used to add a modern or contemporary style to new homes. They provide a perfect addition that changes the entire tone of the room unlike other materials. They come in almost all imaginable colors and can add dimension, a punch of color and luminosity to an area.

Product Example: Newport Rich White Blend 12 in. x 12 in. Mesh-Mounted Stainless Steel & Glass Mosaic Tile - 4 in. x 4 in. Sample - SAMPLE LISTING - ONLY ONE ALLOWED PER HOUSEHOLD: (http://is.gd/VAV9xY). It costs $6.99 with free shipping. It is sold and shipped by Shop Glass tile. It weighs 5 pounds, with a size of 4x4 inches, a mosaic style, glossy and shiny finish with Versailles pattern.

Mini mosaic tile backsplashes

They provide artistic touches in your kitchen or bathroom by simply adding a simple colorful pop that brightens the mood. They are made from either stones, ceramic or stone tiles that come in pre-arranged patterns on mesh-backed sheets for simple installation. They are mainly found in focal points where they are used as a centerpiece above the range.

Product Example: Stone Mosaic Tile Backsplash Tumbled Mini-pinwheel Mosaic Polished Black & White Marble Tile 12"x12" Cha-012: (http://is.gd/kDATWJ)

It costs $9.00 with a shipping fee of $6.89. Its dimensions are 12x12x0.2 inches with a shipping weight of 3 pounds.

Granite tile backsplashes

Granite is versatile and long-lasting flooring natural material which is mainly suited for people who love going-green. They have subtle or striking patterns that can make your check board more eye-catching.

Product Example: Giani Granite FG-GI SICILIAN Sicilian Granite Paint Kit for Counter tops, Sicilian Sand: (http://is.gd/EK6asw):

It costs $79.95 with free shipping. It is shipped and sold by Amazon. It updates your bathroom and kitchen counter tops with granite beauty. It is made with safe water-based materials that give it automotive-grade durability. It weighs 5.6 pounds with dimensions of 15x9.4x7.1 inches.

Laser-cut tile

They are cut with lasers to give elaborate designs that can be pieced together. They give your kitchen or bathroom a modern look although you should be prepared to dig your pockets deeper because many of them are made of precious materials like marble, quartz and hand-made silver or gold backed glass. They have a flat, smooth and glossy surface which is often installed with narrow grout lines.

Product Example: LASER CUT 9X18 GLASS TILES SUPER WHITE: (http://is.gd/PEKiWG):

It costs $16.99. It comes with chips sized 9x18 inches. The chips are made of glass with a polish finish and super white color.

How to install a tile backsplash

Tools needed: Tile, mastic or adhesive, grout, tape measure, tape measure, tile nippers, grout float and damp sponge.

1) Measure the length and width of the space that you want to tile, multiply the numbers by ten and add about 10% to cater for mistakes and breakage.

2) Select tiles that reflect your style and design that you would like to see in your kitchen or bathroom.

3) Clean the wall surface and let it dry. Use a notched thrower to spread a thin coat of mastic onto the wall at 45-degree angle around a 1-square foot area.

4) Lay the tiles into the mastic and jiggle them to make them firm.

5) Add spacers between their edges to maintain a consistent space between them.

6) Cut the tiles for areas around mirrors, electrical outlets or other obstacles using the tile nippers.

7) Remove all the tile spaces once the mastic is dry and prepare the grout according to the package instructions.

8) Use the grout float to spread the grout into the lines between tiles and wipe off the excess grout.

9) Let the grout dry and remove haze if they form on the tile. Finalize by polishing the tiles with a clean microfiber cloth.

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