Would you use expensive tile for a kitchen backsplash?
Would you use expensive tile for a backsplash?
“I love ceramic tile and have probably written some fifty or sixty blog (posts) on it over the last three years. I have always been blown away by the infinite variety of this medium, so I was much taken with a particular tile. When I checked out the prices just now, I was astounded to find that a 6” tile went for $48.
A quick look at it just now tells me that I would need approximately 33 square feet of tile to cover the entire walls under the cabinets and behind the stove and sink. At these prices that would come to $6600.
Would you make that kind of choice? Or would you be more likely to use these tiles as an occasional accent?
I’m not in any way arguing with the choice because I think they are very slick tiles. And I also do not believe in doing things on the cheap. I am fortunate to be able to make my own cabinets when that time comes, but now that I know what goes into the making of a high-quality cabinet, the thought of replacing our admittedly dreadful cabinets with more cheap cabinets is just odious to me. So, in that sense, I am forever banging the drums for the best cabinets a body can possibly afford, on the grounds that you touch these cabinets every day of your life.
But if it were your kitchen and your budget, would you make a choice for tile as expensive as this?- J.”
For some people, it’s the range. For others, it’s the cabinets. For me, it’s the tile. Yes, I would use it, but as you mentioned, in a way that might remove some of that higher cost in the mix.These types of tiles are so definitive that there’d only be special circumstances where I’d use an entire backsplash – it can be overwhelming unless done correctly. I tend to use them as a feature instead of an entire wall, such as designing a trio behind a cooktop, or using a standard field tile and sprinkling small pieces throughout, or adding a special border around the crown.
Sometimes, when you’re getting into custom tile, there are many hours designers spend thinking on things most people aren’t even aware of, such as: “Will the goldenrod glaze darker with a crackle finish or flatten out with a matte finish? What happens to the glazing when I use this busier patterned piece? Will the glaze stay in the center or spread evenly? What do I discuss with the client to help with the expectations?”
If you’re planning on custom tile pieces and selecting the colors yourself, by all means order some samples before you buy. With handmade pieces, variations in color and finish are expected. And don’t be afraid to use two or three beautiful pieces as an accent. They’re cheaper than art.