5 Facts to Know Before You Choose Tiles for Your Backsplash

5 Facts to Know Before You Choose Tiles for Your Backsplash

When it comes to choosing tile for your backsplash, you have options. At Mission Tile West we are proud to offer a wide range of in stock tiles that can meet needs of all types. Keep reading to learn about five of the facts we hope you know before you make the final decision about what tiles you want for your backsplash.

1. Yes, You Can Mix Materials

It is an old wife’s tale that you cannot mix materials. If you have fallen for two different materials, do not assume that you must chose between two of them – use them both. You could install them on opposing walls of the same room, or you can use them sporadically to add texture to the space. You can choose a few hand painted tiles to showcase your style, but choose other, simpler tiles for the rest of a room. The choice is up to you.

2. You Likely Don’t Need as Much Tile as You Need

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that a little tile can go a long way. It can make a huge impact without the need for installing tile all over a surface. When you work with Mission Tile West, we will help you estimate the amount of tile needed for your job but we often find that it less than people think it will be.

3. You Should Choose Between Gloss and Matte

If you are overwhelmed by how many different types of tile there are, one easy way you can significantly reduce the options to make your decision easier is to narrow them down to gloss and matte. This helps you consider a more approachable list. As you decide on which is best for you, consider the natural and artificial light that exists in the room. Look at the colors and finishes at different times of day.

4. Brick Isn’t as Difficult as You Think

You may find some brick tile options out there but immediately discount them because you assume they will be too difficult to clean. This is false – in fact, today’s thin brick tile options are as easy to clean as any other tile you will find on the market. If you have a lipped marble top, brick can be a great choice because the materials will be about the same width.

5. Choosing Grout is as Important as Choosing Tiles

You do not want to take time and care to choose the right tile and then just roll the dice on grout. We recommend sanded grouts in most cases, unless you are using tile or brick. There are many options and we can go over them with you when you contact Mission Tile West at 626-799-4595 for more information.