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How to Coordinate Tile Patterns

When remodeling your kitchen with glass tiles, it’s a good idea to create a design plan first to make sure your glass tile choices coordinate with each other as well as with other elements in the kitchen.

Tiles for kitchen tile backsplashes come in a wide array of colors, finishes and textures so this can be an exciting and seemingly overwhelming process. Let’s make it easy. Kitchen backsplashes are truly fun to design.

A good place to start is actually with the countertop. Once you know the material and color of countertop that you like, it will be easier to choose the colors and textures for your kitchen tile backsplash. For example, you can pull a single color or two or three colors out of a granite countertop to use in a plain, patterned, or mosaic backsplash.

It’s a good idea to deal with a glass tile company that offers sample tiles for a nominal fee so that you can actually layout your design choice of backsplash tiles so that you can move the tiles around to see the best arrangement. This allows you to rethink things to make sure the material and texture as well as the finish and colors of the tiles work well together before you have an entire project finished that you wish you could redo.

It may seem like an extra step, but consider the investment of money and time that you will put into your glass tile project. Your backsplash will last for years and years so you’ll be glad you took time to coordinate the tile materials, textures and colors before the grout holds them securely in place.

Here are some things to consider when coordinating tile patterns:

What highlight colors do you see in the countertop?

What color are the kitchen cabinets?

Will you create a mosaic tile backsplash or a simple geometric pattern?

With mosaic tile you have much more flexibility as many colors are what make up the mosaic look. 

For a geometric design, try to use 2-3 colors maximum. Two main colors with another color as an accent is one possibility. Or simply stick with two colors that incorporate the same shades that are in the countertop and/or cabinets. 

Will a glossy or matte finish look best with the existing elements in your kitchen?

Using a color wheel, you can choose coordinating colors by choosing colors next to each other or for a more bold approach choose colors on the opposite side of the color wheel.

Backsplashes are often the main focal point in the kitchen. Keep your color scheme simple throughout the room so that you can make other design changes without conflict with your glass tile choices.

Now that you know that your choice of color, finish, texture and material composition work well together, you will be able to go forward with your kitchen remodeling project with confidence. Your beautiful new kitchen backsplash may just inspire you to update the bathrooms next!