Adding a backsplash to your kitchen can transform the appearance of your kitchen from ordinary to extraordinary and really complement your granite countertops. There are many choices available from granite slabs to ceramic tile, metal, beadboard, and stone tile, but glass tile backsplashes are becoming popular because of their ability to make a space custom and unique. Deciding to use glass tile for your backsplash will bring pros and cons, but for many people, the pros outweigh the cons and they are able to bring a unique and beautiful look to their kitchen at an affordable price. Glass tiles pair especially well with the modern sleek look of granite countertops.
Using a Glass Tile Backsplash to Create a Custom Look
One of the reasons that glass tile backsplashes are becoming more popular is because they can fit into many different decor styles. Glass tile comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and even different transparencies. You can truly create a custom look for your home. If you are more minimalist, rectangular subway tiles may be a good choice for you. If you prefer a more detailed look, mosaic and penny style glass tiles may fit your style better. Glass tile is a great way to add color to your kitchen, or add visual interest, especially if you already have beautiful granite countertops. You can even be wild and crazy and use a more traditional style of glass tiles, but install them in a different pattern to achieve a more custom or modern look. Because of the wide array of colors, you can create a monochromatic look and choose the same color glass tile as your granite countertop, or you can opt for a deeper contrast of color. Of course glass tile backsplash looks fantastic with whatever your countertop material, but the combination of granite countertops with a glass tile backsplash is gorgeous and timeless.
Pros of Glass Tile for Your Kitchen Backsplash
Beyond the vast selection of types of glass tile, there are a considerable number of reasons why glass tile is becoming so popular. Using glass tile for your kitchen backsplash will make the room appear larger and brighter because glass reflects light.
Glass tile is durable once installed. We recommend hiring a professional for the installation of a glass tile backsplash, as this isn't typically considered a project for beginners.
Glass tile is both mildew and stain resistant, unlike many stone tile options that are available for backsplashes. This is particularly important if you cook things like sauce or use any oils or acidic foods like vinegar or orange juice in your kitchen. Red sauce, oils and acidic foods especially can stain or discolor stone tile backsplashes, but glass tile is generally safe around these foods.
Cons of Glass Tile for Your Kitchen Backsplash
Glass tile is durable and beautiful, but it also may show smudges from dirty hands and though the material is strong if installed properly, glass tile still may scratch and can also be gouged by sharp objects like knives. If a tile does happen to break, or get scratched, glass is impossible to fix and the tile or a section of tile from the backsplash will need to be replaced, which can be very labor intensive.
Glass tile may be more expensive then other tile materials as well, depending on the size, shape and finish that you are looking for.
Glass Tile Provides a Custom Look for Your Kitchen
Whether you are building your home and starting from scratch, doing a complete remodel, or just adding a backsplash, choosing glass tile for your kitchen backsplash will truly allow you to create a custom look for your home. While changing cabinets and countertops can be quite expensive, changing a backsplash, should you wish to do something different in the future, can change the look of the kitchen without having to change the entire room.
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