This renovated bath features a walk-in shower tiled with a modern blue penny round, adding both drama and a bold focal point. While this downstairs bath combines blue penny tile with white subway tile, an upstairs bath features the reverse, bringing whimsy to the home's design.
If you like the idea of a patterned backsplash that won’t go out of style, consider a simple geometric pattern: stripes, diamonds or zigzags, for example. To create this chevron effect, designer Kelli Kaufer used hand-cut stained glass. She bought three different colors, cut them into 1-inch wide by 3-inch long angled pieces, and applied to the wall using a double-sided sticky mat. Then, she grouted with a non-sanded grout. “This backsplash can work with many different styles,” says Kaufer. “Depending on the color of the glass pieces, you can either go bold, creating a hip, modern look, or muted, for a classic, sophisticated style.”
Rebecca Zajac designed a white kitchen with blue-and-white tile walls. Crate & Barrel stools line the new island and create a space to enjoy a casual meal or spend time with the host as they prep meals.
Add a special treatment halfway up the wall, to cut your costs. Tile or wood paneling, which can be cheaper, gives any bathroom a certain finished style. Designer Stephanie A. Bruntz of Studio B Design used tile in this National Kitchen + Bath Association winning bathroom, but also suggests using beadboard. If you opt for beadboard, she suggests adding chair rail around the room and a standalone backsplash above the vanity. “It would be faster to install and less expensive on the material purchase,” says Bruntz, who lives in Nebraska.
Many of the elements seen throughout the home were imported directly from Morocco. Here, stunning blue-and-white tiles create an elegant backsplash in this bathroom, combining well with the lacy sconces and delicately arched window.