How to choose your backsplash.

At one time, a tile backsplash served practical purpose, protecting a kitchen wall from water and food stains. Today, however, a backsplash is also a design element that is used to create a dramatic focal point in your kitchen or bathroom.

A backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom should complement your color scheme and theme of the surroundings. You can be creative, installing the tile on an angle or staggering the tiles in a brick pattern to add a new dimension to your overall design.

Tiles are available in a variety of sizes, colors, materials, textures, shiny or matte finish, natural or manufactured finish. You can choose from natural stone, ceramic, glass, porcelain or metal tiles, depending on the look you want.

Tiles have hard surfaces that protect your wall from scratches and abrasions that damage the surface of the wall. The tiles you choose for your backsplash should still be serviceable; you can have fun with design but your backsplash should be easy to maintain.

Ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles are stain resistant, making them easy for you to wipe away any spills or splatters. Natural stone tiles, on the hand, are porous and can stain, making them more difficult for you to keep clean.

When shopping for tiles for your backsplash, choose one main tile color and one or two accent colors or use different sizes or finishes that will complement the primary tile. At the same time, keep your design simple; you may become bored with a pattern that is too fancy or complicated.

At Nealy’s Flooring at 500 Bingemans Centre Dr. in Kitchener, you will find a selection of ceramic, natural and glass tiles suitable for a backsplash as well as a wide range of quality carpeting, engineered flooring products, solid hardwood and vinyl. A family owned business with more than 30 years of experience in the flooring business, their knowledgeable staff of flooring experts will work with you to choose the product that best suits your needs and complements your décor.

For more information email, call Nealy’s Flooring at 519-570-0008 or visit their web site

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