Creating a Custom Backsplash

Whether you like simple white subway tile or an intricate mosaic tile, when adding a backsplash to your kitchen you are creating an element in the space that is custom to you and your likes. With so many different options available from stone to glass and everything in between, you can create a look that’s simple or one that’s artsy and colorful.

In this month’s newsletter, we’ve collaborated with Nova Tile and Stone in New Egypt, NJ to give you some ideas on what you can do to spice up the look of your kitchen. Everyone would like to create a one of a kind space, so when it comes time to think about the finishes you want and how you want your room to feel when you walk in it, don’t forget to enlist the help of a tile and stone specialist. These professionals know what works well together and what may not. They can ensure that you can find a design element that fits your needs and will make a large impact in your space all while staying within your budget. You don’t need to have a large budget to create a custom backsplash look!

With the evolution of DIY and the overabundance of home renovation projects we see on TV today, its important to remember to “Invest in your Nest”. Enlisting the help of design professionals is the best way to make sure you get the custom look you want without having to worry about the overwhelming decisions that need to be made. Changing a kitchen backsplash is a small design and construction project, but can add so much character to a space. Three items to consider are:

Color – does it lighten up your space and compliment the counter and cabinet tones? Is your grout color blending with the tile or a different hue to make the tile pop?
Pattern – will the new pattern emphasize a horizontal look, create vertical lines to show height at key openings or have a mix of both elements? A band of a different color, style or size can act as a decorative break in the main tiles and behind the stove is a great place to mix up the colors, patterns and textures to create a special touch of your own.
Texture – Do you prefer a rough antique tile look or a glass tile with a smooth  feel to it? This will depend on the location to the elements of the stovetop and cleanability. Small glass tiles are very popular right now and super easy to wipe down.
“Fall in Love with the Process and the results will come.”
– Eric Thomas
When your home renovation is complete and you can sit back and enjoy the results, you will be happy you decided on a custom backsplash. This is the fun part, so enjoy the process and make it your own! You wont be disappointed!
We at PDRdesigns are committed to treating everyone with respect and honesty. We would be honored to help you design your dream space! Please contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule a meeting to go over your next home project!Paul Rugarber , owner of PDRdesigns, LLC is an architect specializing in home renovation and additions with extensive expertise on waterfront designs. You can reach our office by calling (732)-830-3366 or you can visit us on the web at
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