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Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

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If you’re currently planning a full-scale kitchen reno or your kitchen just needs some freshening up, installing a backsplash can be a relatively easy project with a big impact. There are no shortage of great options available utilizing a wide range of materials. I’ve done my best to round up a few options you might want to consider, but I’ve only managed to scratch the surface of everything that’s out there. Now I’m dreaming of a kitchen remodelling of my own, and thanks to some simple ideas like the wallpaper and glass example above renters like myself don’t need to be left out of the fun!

Tiles in Ceramic, Glass, Stone and More

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Tiling is a traditional way to create a backsplash and you can choose between glass, ceramic and laminate options. The horizontal subway tile trend has been going strong for years now in both kitchens and bathrooms, but I like this take on it. Elongated horizontal tiles in natural stone creates a mosaic effect that is earthy and contemporary. There are numerous affordable options for tiles that are pre-assembled and easy to install, or if you’re like me and your handyman skills are less then amazing you can hire a pro to do it.

Stainless Steel

Why not take a cue from your appliances? Stainless steel backsplashes are practical because they are easy to clean and you don’t have all the mess to deal with when installing. The look is sleek and industrial which may not fit into a very traditional kitchen, but in a loft space or condo it could be stunning.

A Pop of Colour

A brightly hued backsplash can be a great way to add colour to your kitchen, making cabinetry and countertops really stand out. The red tiles in the picture above are eye-catching and really complete the overall look of this beautifully designed kitchen. The only disadvantage to tiling in a strong colour is that unlike painting it’s much more of a commitment (you don’t want to rip everything down and start over again). So make sure you take the time to pick out a colour you love and can live with for a long time.


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If you’re looking to splurge on your kitchen then a marble backsplash is a super-luxe touch. Marble creates a slightly more traditional look, but it can be made modern too like in the example above. I know we’re not talking about islands but this one is absolutely gorgeous.


If you’ve worked up the courage to try your hand at installing your own backsplash Buildepedia.com has a very helpful video. It will give you some idea of the work involved but also the extraordinary results that are possible.

Tips and Tricks for a Bathroom Fix (Part 3): The Latest Trends

Double sink vanity

Beautiful, clean and sleek. Much like myself

Nothing drops jaws and draws amused titters like the new and exciting. As in fashion, this often means the return of the old and familiar. Everyone and their Chocolate Lab had stainless steel or chrome faucets during the last decade.

The metals you should look for are ones that were popular yonks ago and have slyly snuck back into the design world. Bronze and hammered copper for example, are subtle and reflect light gorgeously.

Gib Tip: Dark colors are the partners for these earthy metals. You’re welcome. Sinks made of non-standard materials like smoked glass are also impressive and not crazy expensive.

Stone sink on a wooden vanity

This organically shaped stone sink is a fab contrast to the wooden vanity

Be even more eccentric and purchase a hand carved wooden bowl or artisan crafted ceramic sink in a unique organic shape. The kidney shaped swimming pool of old has been reincarnated as a sink!

Combining old and new; contemporary with aged, is what works best. If you have an antique vanity and wall panel, install an ultra-modern faucet and sink. If you have an antique faucet, sink and towel racks, combine them with a sleek vanity, mirror and wall decoration.

Bathroom wall tiles with city map pattern

Never be lost with this magnificent city map tile pattern

Your choice of bathroom tile should follow the same principles. Dark and shiny metallic tiles will make your bathroom a sumptuous feast for the eyes by bringing out the best of rich wood grain and bright ceramics. Natural wood and iron love each other to death.

Black and white bathroom with geometric tile pattern

Tiles Gone Wild!

I leave you with this last nugget: the privacy afforded when using the bathroom allows guests the opportunity for close examination. Make no mistake – you will be judged. So get out there, and together let’s put the “vain” back in vanity.

Tips and Tricks for a Bathroom Fix (Part 2): Architectural Elements

If you missed Part 1 of my brilliant commentary, check it out here. Now that you’ve gone to all that trouble, think carefully and cleverly how you can add other objets d’art to enhance your look or theme. Try replacing your conventional door with an antique door. Do not replace it with strings of colored glass beads. “That 70′s Show” is just that. It’s a show. You will not be cool. You will be ostracized.

wooden vanity

Sliding Shoji Screens, a step, and a tatami textured wall all contribute to this powder room's elegance.

Panels with frosted glass or Shoji-style doors can be quite stylish and diffuse the outside light. This allows you to avoid harsh lighting and makes everyone look like they just stepped off the pages of Vogue.

Opulent bathroom

Ha! Over the top you say? Think of it as “My Personal Versailles”

Ceilings are often overlooked as a place to add architectural interest. Luckily you have me to remind you. With a high ceiling you can hang a beautiful antique light fixture or perhaps a flying wooden cherub that looks like it just popped out of a Reubens painting.

Whatever you choose, just picture your friend walking out and saying, in his best “Lebowski” imitation, “That flying cherub really tied the room together, did it not?”

Ornate ceiling

For that luxuy hotel look, give the ceiling some love

With a lower ceiling, you can add extra visual height by painting it a lighter shade than the walls, or using something glossy or shiny. We are not dealing with a completely practical, high traffic bathroom. That’s the messy one upstairs. So let whimsy have free reign and do something outrageous for once.

Tips and Tricks for a Bathroom Fix (Part 1)

The vast majority of bathrooms have standard built in cabinets. These are dull, tedious and not worthy of your inner creative genius, especially when there are plenty of delicious options out there.

Double stone sinks on wood

Wood and stone love each other.

Before you dash off to “Ye Olde Antiquites Emporium”, keep in mind whatever piece you choose will have to accommodate a washing vessel. The curvy and seductive Bowl Sinks you see in bathrooms at all those trendy restaurants tend to be 16″ to 18″ in diameter. Bitty bowls on giant cabinets are very wrong, so govern yourself accordingly.

Sinks on sexy red legs

Speaking of wrong….

Height is the other important factor. These sexy sinks are often about 6″ high, so unless Grandpa had overactive pituitary glands and your family has to duck under doorways, keep the vanity under 34″ high. If you have chosen an under mount sink you can, just this once, ignore my above wisdom.

Koehler faucet and sink

A lower profile and gorgeous vessel from Koehler. As clever as their ads.

A faucet is the last necessity. It can be installed behind the sink and centered, placed toward the back off to either side, or… wait for it… spring delightfully from the wall above the sink! This last option will absolutely thrill all who are permitted to enter and will gain you valuable counter space. One drawback to this method is that the mirror will now have to be mounted higher to accommodate the taps. But hey, that might work for Grandpa.


mounted faucets and low lighting that make you, Streisand and Redford look good again.

Coming Next: Using Architectural Elements