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Do’s and Don’ts of Mosaic Tile Backsplashes

Mosaic style backsplashes are dramatic and breathtaking. However, the wrong execution can turn a stunning backsplash into a jarring nightmare. What can you do to ensure your kitchen backsplash looks pristine? Check out the do’s and don’ts of mosaic tile backsplashes, courtesy of O’Hanlon Kitchens.

Don’t Use a Mosaic Backsplash in an Already Busy Kitchen Design

A mosaic backsplash isn’t ideal for every kitchen design. If you already have a busy pattern on the floor or strong veins in your stone countertops, the mosaic tile may look busy and confusing. In any room that you design, you need to choose a key focal point. If you want mosaic tile for your focal point, choose simple cabinets, flooring and countertops. If you want something else to be the star of the show, you may be better with a subtle backsplash tile.

Do Consider Running the Tile Vertically Instead of Horizontally

Rectangular mosaic tile is traditionally run horizontally, but it can be flipped vertically instead. This emphasizes the height of the kitchen, making a small kitchen feel larger. If you want your mosaic to act as an accent behind your range hood, the vertical orientation is a great option. You can use simple, solid-color tile in the rest of the kitchen to let the mosaic stand out.

Don’t Combine Mosaic Tile with Other Patterned Tile

Mosaic tile is already busy on its own. If you include other patterned tile with it, you detract from both tile designs. The only exception to this is if you have a monochromatic mosaic with subtle variations. At that point, you may be able to use another patterned tile without create visual discord.

Do Balance the Mosaic Tile with Solid, Neutral Tile

A great way to soften the look of mosaic tile backsplashes is to incorporate neutral tile. Instead of using the mosaic for the entire backsplash, you could use it for a small stripe. Then keep the rest of the tile solid and neutral. The mosaic will still make your kitchen look custom and interesting, but it won’t be overwhelming at first glance.

Don’t Forget the Grout Color

When planning out your tile backsplash, don’t forget to include the grout color. This will make a big difference in how your mosaic appears. If you choose a grout color that contrasts your tile colors, the individual pieces within the mosaic will stand out more. If you select grout that blends with some of the colors, you’ll achieve a subtler aesthetic.

Do Think of the Entire Kitchen Design When Selecting a Mosaic Tile Backsplash

If you know you want a mosaic kitchen backsplash, you have to choose the right mosaic for your kitchen design. Think about the other colors and finishes you’re using in the kitchen to select a mosaic that brings everything together. You don’t want your beautiful mosaic tile to look like an afterthought.

The talented kitchen designers at O’Hanlon Kitchens are here to guide you through the process. Choose from a wide assortment of backsplash designs and fixtures to get the custom kitchen of your dreams. To get started, call 443-285-0558 and schedule a consultation for kitchen remodeling.


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