Tag Archives: Tile

The word “backsplash” has become synonymous with renovating, remodeling or creating a new kitchen.  It is part of the essential elements of the design. In fact, it can become the defining moment for the ubiquitous white kitchen. However, I have been thinking that tiling the backsplash is not enough in a space that should be easily maintained with a quick wash down. The solution is to tile the entire kitchen.

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The overall success of any project lies in the details. And, one of the details that can most easily derail a tile installation is the choice of grout color. For some reason, the grout color selection is often left to the last minute. The installer, already on the job, makes the decision. While there is no right or wrong grout color and the choice is a matter of personal preference, some colors ultimately look better than others (a lot better!). For many years I suggested a nearly matching color grout, especially when installing white tile. Recently, I have found that light or dark gray grout can look great in some installations. We call that our ‘old New York’ look.


The production of cement tile is documented as far back as the 13th century in France and Portugal with some early installations still in in remarkably good condition. The hay day of cement tile in the US was in the 1920’w and 30’s. The tiles were often used in kitchens and on sun porches, particularly  in warm climates.  The patterns and colors were bold, the material was durable, decorative and sophisticated.

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