Kitchen Backsplashes: Stone & Tile

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No matter your kitchen's size, shape or style, backsplashes are an integral part, and focal point of the room. Tile is the most common choice, and there are a number of tile types that the average homeowner may not be familiar with. Houzz contributor and interior designer, Shane Inman, has detailed eight of the top tile choices for kitchen backsplashes. Some of the more popular styles from the article are listed below and the full article can be found here

It is important to make sure your selection fits with the unique style of your kitchen. The right selection can add tremendously to the overall look and feel of the room. Showcase Baths, adjacent from Showcase Kitchens, Manhasset, is the premier Long Island tile and stone distributor. We have a wide variety of products and brands that will allow you to fully customize your kitchen.

Your kitchen designer will work with Showcase Baths on the already in place design, or you can stop in and meet one of our Showcase Bath  designers

Specialty-shaped tile. Don't limit yourself to a square. Many manufactures take pride in offering unique shapes and colors. You should have no problem finding a manufacturer near you to get the color and shape you need.

Laser-cut tile. These tiles are intricately cut with lasers to produce elaborate designs that are pieced together like a puzzle, as shown here. Beware of the price tag on these tiles, as many of them are made of precious materials like quartz and marble, or handmade gold- or silver-backed glass.

Custom mosaic tile. If you have the budget for it, consider going with a design that is all your own. The design here was created with mosaic tiles, expertly trimmed piece by piece to create a stunning custom design. 
Some designs can be purchased directly from a tile manufacturer, and others can be designed and installed by an artist who specializes in custom mosaic tile design. It all depends on the look you're going for.

Subway tile. One of the most beloved tile designs to date is the timeless and classic subway tile — so named because this type of tile is often used in subway stations worldwide. 

Herringbone tile. Add loads of texture to your kitchen with tile in a herringbone pattern. Many tiles in the herringbone pattern can be purchased on a mesh backing (usually a 12- by 12-inch backing material on the underside of the tile that holds several pieces together), which means you won't have to lay out each and every individual piece.

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