There are numerous ways to introduce a new splash of life to various areas of your home without actually replacing appliances, knocking down walls, tearing out carpet, suffering from sanding, and the mess it produces. And there are many less expensive ways to bring new life into the ambiance of a home without the huge expense of buying new furniture and all the changes that peripherally must be exacted in the process.
New furniture typically means everything else in the space will need some kind of alteration, revision, color change, or replacement in the overall process. Whether you are a do it yourself kind of person or you just simply would like to create a new and fresh presence in your home, one of the most fun and interesting places to start out is in the kitchen.
A Fun Room for Introducing Innovative Design That’s Affordable and Easy
Kitchens are and have always been the heart of the home, they are where all the food is prepared (and often consumed,) and they are the room where many hearts to heart conversations are held. Today’s kitchens are frequently found to be the central recharging stations, whether by conventional methods using cords or from the new remote technology in one of its many various forms.
Kitchens can be one of the easiest rooms to begin a renewal effort that will feel like a home is alive with ongoing pursuits, as evidenced in an ongoing stream of visual alterations and changes. Introducing change to kitchen tiles usually conjures up in the minds of most homeowners the overwhelming thought of replacing one, two, or all of the existing kitchen appliances. There are numerous ways in which you can create a significant new presence in your kitchen without the overwhelming task of saying goodbye to your existing appliances and heading out to shop for replacements.
Changing Kitchens Up With Paint of a Different Color
So, let’s just say that you have decided that you are going to direct your eager design (or, more accurately, “re-design”) efforts in the direction of your kitchen space. First, just eliminate the whole thing about your appliances. You are not going to have to replace a single appliance or piece of furniture (unless you have additionally decided that you want to,) in the process.
What typically comes to mind first with most homeowners is probably going to be some kind of a color change. And this is usually accomplished most dramatically by changing the color of the walls in the kitchen tiles area. Color changes have usually been made by applying new shades and hues of paint to the walls, and sometimes the furniture of eat-in kitchens and sometimes the cabinets. The whole process of painting begins with a relatively easy and uncomplicated task of selecting a color.
You go to the store where you select a general range of paint color sample cards that you think you would like, and you take them home where you examine them to see just how well they would actually work in your kitchen. You hopefully find one color that you like, and that everyone in the household is going to be happy with, and you head back to the store to have that color mixed.
The only other decision to be made at this point is the finish for your paint. And being that it’s going to be in the kitchen, the most frequently selected finish is going to be eggshell or anything from eggshell on up, in terms of increased sheen. These finishes, as opposed to mattes, are more washable and durable and will be less likely to absorb splatters from various foods. (This does not mean that you should engage in a food fight or anything, but food can splatter from various actions such as cooking, serving, spilling, and children who are learning how to feed themselves.)
Problems With Paint
The problems with painting are often overlooked, and only realized mid-process, when it’s too late to do anything about them. The biggest problem is the huge interruption that it can cause. Everything must be taped off that is not to be painted, and time must be allowed for drying of each coat of paint you apply, whether it’s a primer followed by two coats or just two coats of paint. And then there are always problems with paint messes, whether it’s from actual spills or paint that splatters on areas that are not to be painted.
Between each coat, brushes, rollers, roller pans, cans, and anything else must be dealt with in a way that will allow you to be able to pick up where you left when applying the next coat. Then, once you finish, there is a cleanup process. Painting is always (always) much more involved than imagined up-front.)
Introducing Fresh Color Without Paint and the Mess
Color, in all its forms, does much for any room or space where it’s found. If you are not “feeling it” with regard to painting, there is another, more artsy method for introducing color to your kitchen tiles that is fun, relatively easy, and much more of an innovative fashionable design for today’s modern kitchens.
While tiles are not anything particularly new to kitchen backsplashes, the typical ceramic tiles of your mother’s kitchen are being replaced by a whole new generation of lovely and distinctive tiles that still include mosaics, but introduce glass kitchen tiles as well.
Tiles Offer Many Choices for the Kitchen
The options for tiling with artistry are virtually unlimited. If you are a hardcore DIYer, you may enjoy buying unglazed tiles and applying your own distinctive patterns and decorations to each one. They can then be finished and used in your chosen configuration. These tiles can be designed to fit together to form a larger “scene” or “picture,” or they can be individually complete, and installed strategically interspersed at different spots among solid color tiles.
Then, there are always the lovely glass kitchen tiles that come in different sizes and can be just as beautiful when they are all in one color, such as a dark blue or red that “pops” with white grout separating them. You can use the smaller sized glass tiles to arrange them in patterns, pictures (think pixelated,) and more.
First Things First
In terms of creating just the look you want for your kitchen area to be tiled, it is imperative that you come up with a drawing of what you want for the finished look. The next thing is to produce that drawing to scale with a grid that will reflect the exact size of the kitchen tiles you will be using. By doing this, you will be equipped with a “shopping list” of the exact colors of tiles you will need to buy, and the exact pattern for installing them.
Then, all that’s left is to decide whether you want to tackle the job of installation or whether you will want to hire a tile professional. Either way, you will produce an incredibly beautiful change for your kitchen.
Also Read: Using Tiles for Your Bathroom Design