Country-Style Tile Backsplash

”Country-StyleA country-style tile backsplash is a perfect way to add something personal to any kitchen. A kitchen is a snapshot of the owner’s unique personality, so why not show off a bit of that personality by designing your own country-style tile backsplash. It’s a lot easier than you might think.

Do's and Don'ts

First, design your country-style tile backsplash based on the established colours of the kitchen. Choose a colour scheme that blends well with permanent fixtures in the room such as the floor, countertops, and the walls. Appliances should not be included in this decision, as their lifespan is short compared to the rest of the features. Appliances come and go more often than a countertop.

Secondly, keep in mind the design of any adjoining rooms like a dining room or a family room. Your country-style tile backsplash doesn't have to match exactly to these rooms but there should be colours involved that subtly acknowledges the scheme used in these other rooms.

Lastly, avoid bold colours for a country-style tile backsplash unless your overall kitchen design is streamlined and based on bold, primary colours. Otherwise, keep colors safe and without a lot of complicated patterns or busy, intricate tiles. With all that in mind, let us move forward to the fun stuff.

Think up Your Design

After you’ve chosen your colours, you can add a little of that personality and country charm by looking for tiles that have pictures of farm life like a cow, a chicken, or a farm silo. If you want to take it a step further, try painting your own tile-art montage. A painted country-style tile backsplash will truly show off your personality.

How to Create Country-Style Tiles

Get as many blank white tiles you wish to paint for your tile-art. Use vinegar to wash and wipe the tiles to prepare them for painting. Trace your designs onto the tiles using a stencil and carbon paper.

If you have an aptitude for drawing, draw the designs freehand with pencil. Paint on your design with several coats of heat-set tile paints (heat-set paint is very important, so make sure you have the right variety).

Set tiles aside to dry for twenty-four hours then bake them in your oven based on the paint instructions. This will allow the paint to solidify permanently to the tile. Allow the tiles to cool, and then you’re ready to put together your country-style tile backsplash.

Try a Little French Country

If you’re really ambitious and want a country-style tile backsplash that’s a little out of the ordinary, consider a French country tile backsplash. These colourful backsplashes are tiled murals of country life in rural France. They can be as small as a few tiles or cover the entire backsplash.

It’s like having a piece of art sitting right behind your kitchen sink to admire. French country tiles are beautiful, eclectic, and sometimes breathtaking. You can find these mural backsplashes at some specialty home décor stores or you could always design one of your own.

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