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Tips For Your Ceramic Tile Backsplash


Why choose ceramic tile?

There are many benefits of choosing ceramic tile for your kitchen backsplash:

Ceramic is sturdy and hardwearing, sure to keep your kitchen looking beautiful for years. It will also hold up well against the heat and moisture generated from your sink or cooking areas.

Easy to clean
If you’ve gone a little wild when preparing your pasta sauce, a splash of kitchen cleaner and a cloth will see your ceramic backsplash looking good as new.

Do-it-yourself installation
With the right materials and a little bit of research, a ceramic backsplash can be installed in just one day.

Variety of designs
Since ceramic tiles are one of the most popular choices for kitchen backsplashes, you will find an endless range of colors, textures, sizes, styles and patterns to choose from. Depending on the theme of your kitchen, you might like to consider a beautiful tile mosaic or an image such as a bowl of fruit or Tuscan vineyard scene.

Mosaic Backsplash

Beautiful ceramic and glass mosaic courtesy of Lori Desormeaux Decorative Arts (US).
Mural Backsplash
Italian vineyard mural backsplash from Blooming Tiles (US).


Tips to remember when choosing and installing your ceramic backsplash

While ceramic tiles are a simple choice, there are some traps to look out for:

  • If you’re using tiles behind your cook top or sink areas, make sure you select a glazed tile. These have a thin coating of glass, which will protect the tile from food or grease stains.

  • Remember to shop around! Not only do you want your tiled backsplash to suit your kitchen, but it should also be a unique reflection of your own personal style and tastes. There are so many retailers and home centers that sell ceramic tiles these days, so to get the perfect design for your kitchen and the best price for your budget, be sure to look at in more than one place (including online where you will find many businesses able to ship cross-country) before making your choice.

  • Ensure the surface where you plan to install your tiles is clean and still in good shape. It is a common mistake to place tiles over a water damaged drywall, which will only lead to more costs in the long run when you have to replace it. So, so be sure to have this checked out and get it right the first time.

  • Once you have installed and grouted your tiles, make sure you have squeezed every last drop of water from the sponge you use to remove the excess grout. Any excess moisture will cause the grout to weaken, which can lead to cracks and crumbling – not a good look!
If you’re still not convinced that ceramic is the right material for your kitchen backsplash or are just on the look out for some more backsplash inspiration, take a look at our great range of articles on Backsplashes and Kitchen Tiles.


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