A. Some marbles are denser than others and can be used for this purpose. Granite is usually the better choice for an actively used “cooks kitchen”.
A. Frosted glass can be used for this purpose. You can always bring the shiny glass accents into the room as well as a wall border or deco wall tile.
A. Yes. Sometimes having a difference in texture or finish between a tile and a decorative border creates that “pop” effect and makes a stand-out design.
A. Absolutely, you can. A large tile visually enlarges the room by creating a carpet effect—fewer grout lines to cut the space. But if you go smaller—mosaics, for example— you are creating texture and a design element to focus on.
A. Think about your personal likes. What is the style that you find yourself turning back to for a second, third look when you go through that design magazine? What colors do you want to see in your room? Find one thing you love and build off of that item.
A. A backslash should bring together and complement all the elements in your kitchen. Come prepared: Know your countertop material and bring a sample. Bring a cabinet and floor sample as well, if possible. (A high quality photo will help, in lieu of that.)
Narrow down your preference between natural stone and ceramic. Identify your “feel good” colors; decide if pattern is important or perhaps monochromatic textures work for you. A good designer/showroom salesperson will be able to eliminate many of the overwhelming options that are open to you.
A. Always start with the cabinets. This is the most expensive aspect of the renovation around which everything else is then decided. Next is the countertop, which, depending on the material picked, could be a focal point. Third is the floor and the final enhancement to the kitchen is the backsplash tile.
A. Every home is different. Heavy wear dictates sealing more often. A home with two dogs, three kids and lots of activity may require sealing floors ever 2 or 3 years. A foyer in a two adult household, and an entrance used only for guests may go years without needed to reseal.
In a stone shower sealing needs are also affected by your water’s mineral content. Hard water would necessitate frequent re-sealing. Same with the cleaners you use. Use a pH balanced nonacidic cleaner like Aquamix Concentrated Cleaner. The wrong product can strip the sealer from the stone.