Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Backsplash Glass Tiles

Tips in Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash Glass Tile

It is often said that the heart of a house is the kitchen. You congregate there with your family and friends so as to eat, talk, laugh and share. Since the kitchen can be the liveliest area of your home, you should make it look nice, clean, inviting and comfy. If you have a limited budget, you can make your kitchen look great with a kitchen backsplash glass tile because of its beauty and elegance. Here are the tips in choosing the right backsplash glass tile for your kitchen.

A kitchen backsplash glass tile has so many colors and shades out in the market these days. Rest assured the color you desire is available. Your tiles should match the colors of the fixed elements of you kitchen which you have no plans of changing at all. Check the color of your cabinets. If your tile is light, your cabinet should also be light. This is the same with dark cabinets and tiles so that your kitchen space appears seamless and cohesive.

glass tiles for kitchen backsplashes
Cane Series Blend Glass Tile Backsplash

When you buy a kitchen backsplash glass tile, you can buy them in singles or in sheets which a mesh backing holds together. When you buy single tiles, you will be given the option to make patterns with various tiles or installations. If you overdo the patterns on your backsplash with the goal of adding variety and color, this may appear busy or chaotic. It is important to get a backsplash design that you shall not be tired of quickly. Go for simple designs but if you prefer something bolder, create an intricate pattern underneath the range hood.

The kitchen size should be taken in consideration in selecting the size of your kitchen backsplash glass tile. If you have a huge kitchen, you should then choose a large glass tile. If your kitchen is small, go for smaller tiles. When you place small tiles in your big kitchen, these may not be noticed in the room’s dimensions. If you have large tiles in a small kitchen, the former will look overpowering.

If you have the time and a good budget, you can actually transform your kitchen into something new and elegant as long as you install kitchen backsplash glass tiles. You should select your tiles wisely so that you will be happy with the finished product. Do not forget to include your own personal style and taste when choosing such tiles so that your personality will shine in your kitchen.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mosaic Glass Backsplash

Mosaic Glass Backsplash Tile Can Create A Truly Unique Kitchen Focal Point

One of the reasons many of our customers are quite taken with mosaic glass tiles is that they offer nearly limitless opportunities to create truly unique focal points for one's home.
"Mosaic" traditionally refers to the art form of creating an image using small chips of stone or glass. Mosaics are wonderfully complex and intricate. Sometimes, they present a picture that is meant to be taken as a whole, and other times, the color, placement, shape and pattern of the mosaic tiles is used more to evoke a feeling or abstract impression.
As used in home decor, mosaic tile can be used to create functional art, like a mosaic glass backsplash tile. As we said, our customers like to experiment with the following qualities of mosaic tiles until they come up with something truly special and tailored to their individual tastes:
  • Color: Would you like a tapestry of, say, complementary blue hues, or would you like to go more exotic and play around with tiles of different colors entirely for a more stained-glass effect? 
  • Texture: Do you prefer a rough texture, or does a smooth and shiny finish speak more to you?
  • Shape and size: Even with square tiles, shape presents its own array of options. For instance, square tiles with 90-degree-angle corners look quite different from ones with more "organic" edges.

With mosaic tile, we strongly recommend looking at pictures of available options and "living with" your choice for a little while. By that, we mean you should consider taping a photo of your preferred choices in the spot where you plan to create your backsplash and keeping them there for a few days. That way, you can decide how you feel about the options you have selected as they look in different lights and when you're in different moods.
For more information on mosaic glass backsplash tile, you are welcome to contact us.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Crystile Glass Tiles

Crystile Series Glass Tiles

The crystile series glass tiles is compromised of several sizes and colors of a beautiful 8MM crystal glass tile.  Offering sizes of 3 x 6 glass subway, 4 x 12 large subway tile, a 1 x 3 glass mosaic tile solid color, a 5/8 x 12 glass liner bar and a glass mosaic blend tile as well.

The Crystile Series glass tile is a crystal clear tile with the colored backing baked on the back to give it the beautiful color that it has.  The glass subway tiles are sold by the box of 15 pieces and the mosaic mesh mounted sheets are sold by the sheet and the glass liner bars are sold by the piece, with only a minimum order of 5 on the glass liner bars.

Crystile Glass Tile Liner Bars

The Crystile Blend glass tiles are a showcase of popular colors blended to be perfect color set for any kitchen backsplash or even an accent tile in a shower or wall design.  Mesh mounted for easy installation, it can also be cut down into a listello size deco for a kitchen backsplash.  Can easily be blended with the crystile glass subway tiles as well.

Crystile Series Glass Mosaic Blend Tiles

For more information, please feel free to visit our site at www.belktile.com!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Slate Tile and Sealing It

Going back to high school science class discussions, it is known that slate is metamorphic. This means the stone is comprised of compressed mud layers. Just like a lot of stones, slate can absorb moisture as it is porous. This also means that slate tile backsplash must be sealed properly so that the stone will not be weakened. If foreign substances can penetrate the tile, it may be difficult to remove as the slate surface is rough.

As kitchen backsplashes are susceptible to juice, grease, and various other liquids, it is important to regularly reseal the slate tile backsplash to help protect against potential stains. The first step in resealing is spraying stone cleaner to the slate and buffing it with a very soft cloth. Then any existing surface dust, debris, grease, or stains must be removed as they may be sealed into the stone’s surface. The slate is then left to completely dry. The second step is pouring sealer into a shallow dish and dipping a clean cloth into the dish. The cloth should be properly wrung so that the cloth is damp with sealer but is not dripping.

The third step is applying the sealer to the stone with the cloth that has been soaked with the sealer. The surface should be wiped with clothing, and being mindful to cover all the areas. Some slate tiles have cleft surfaces, which means that more sealer is required to cover fully all the nooks and crannies of the tile. The slate tile backsplash must appear wet where the sealer is rubbed. It is important to look for areas that are dry on order to ensure the one gets the right coverage.

The fourth step is waiting for about 10 minutes for the tile sealer to fully penetrate into the slate. Any excess sealer is buffed away with a clean cloth. Then the drying and rubbing is continued to the slate until the material is not tacky. The surface should also be dry. The tile sealers will do its job of curing for the next 2 hours.

However, there is a warning when it comes to slate tile backsplash sealing. Several sealers have high levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). It is best to open a window or turn on the exhaust fan while working in order to facilitate the ventilation in the area. When the backsplash is properly sealed, homeowners can now enjoy their kitchens.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ideas for Stained Glass Tile

Stained Glass Tile Ideas

Stained glass is one of the world’s most beautiful building materials. It has been around for more than a thousand years and has graced many cathedrals and churches all over the European continent. While stained glass continues to be used as a building material for churches, its uses are now expanded to homes. Stained glass is also even considered a hobby for arts and crafts enthusiasts.

Stained glass tiles are very useful in mosaics as mosaics are a great way to add texture and color to any interior and exterior environment. However, using stained glass tiles to make mosaic patterns creates a dazzling effect as the colorful glass reflects light for extra dimension. If the idea of stained glass is desired for home use, there are many ways of incorporating stained glass at home. The important thing is focusing on areas where the mosaic could have maximum exposure to light as well as impact.

Stained glass tiles can be used on Mediterranean-inspired backsplashes. If a homeowner has a Mediterranean kitchen full of earth tones in warm colors, it is best to use stained glass in cool colors and tones to create a dazzling look behind the stove or sink. Best for use is stained glass tiles in greens and blues to offset the warm colors of yellow, terra cotta, cream, red, and brown that fill out the room.

By partnering green and blue glass tile with earth colors, homeowners and designers can create a combination that brings out the sense of earth and sea, which is the hallmark of Mediterranean interior design. Homeowners can opt for single green or single blue shade, or derive from several tones of green and blue to create a multi-faceted backsplash made of mosaic to be the kitchen’s focal point.

Stained glass tiles usually do not come with the mesh backing. It is important to plan ahead as these tiles take more installation time. What is good about stained glass is that homeowners have many options regarding color and pattern, since the glass will not be purchased in sheets. Recycled glass is also becoming popular for homeowners who are environmental advocates. Not only is recycled tile environment-friendly, recycled glass has that rustic and shabby chic character that is absent in new tile.

One can never go wrong with a glass backsplash. Even the classic blue and clear tiles have a custom feel. Stained glass is also a customizable material. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Travertine and Glass Advantages

Travertine and Glass Tile Backsplashes

Travertine is a stone that is formed naturally in rivers. This stone has a porous quality and beige and brown earth tones. Tiles that are made of travertine make a great kitchen backsplash because they give your kitchen an earthy look and do not get damaged or eroded by water. You can make a travertine tile backsplash more eye-catching and beautiful by incorporating glass tiles into the backsplash design. In this article, you will learn more about the advantages of using a travertine and glass tile backsplash as well as some tips on cleaning and selecting travertine tiles for your backsplash.

One of the main advantages of using a travertine and glass tile backsplash is its durability. Travertine is formed naturally in rivers, so it is completely waterproof and does not get eroded by water. Another advantage of using travertine tiles are the different hues and colors available. Travertine tiles are attractive and you can use it on almost any kitchen design. Combining the travertine tiles and glass tiles on your backsplash will make you feel like you are washing your hands in a stream. Travertine tiles are also easy to cut because of its porosity, so you can create different unique finishes and tile sizes for designing your own custom backsplash. A travertine and glass tile backsplash is also resistant to common kitchen stains and very easy to clean and maintain.

Cleaning Tips
A backsplash made of travertine and glass tiles is easy to clean, but you will have to clean it regularly in order to avoid scum accumulation. Scum accumulation can damage the grout and ruin your backsplash. You can clean the backsplash using mild soap and warm water. Spray a mixture of mild soap and warm water into the backsplash and let it settle for two to three minutes to soften the dirt in the pores of the travertine tiles. After waiting for two to three minutes, wipe the travertine and glass tile backsplash with a soft, clean sponge to remove the dirt. For stubborn stains, use a mixture of baking soda and water.

Selecting Travertine Tiles
Travertine tiles come in a wide variety of colors. Some of the most popular colors are silver, gold, walnut colors (light, medium, and dark), dark brown, ivory, and beige. Travertine tiles also come in different finishes such as bush hammered, polished, tumbled, and honed. When selecting travertine tiles for a travertine and glass tile backsplash, choose a color that complements the color of the glass tiles that you plan to use. The color of the travertine tiles must also blend well with the colors of the countertops and cabinets of your kitchen.