Using Mosaic Tiles to Liven up a Dated Kitchen

Mosaic tiles can breathe life back into an outdated kitchen. Installing mosaics is a relatively minor project, yet it packs tremendous visual punch.
With seemingly limitless options from glass and stone to porcelain and even metallic mosaics, how do you choose a backsplash design that ties into a dated kitchen. Luckily, even if you have retro finishes or an all-brown scheme, today's tile hues venture into vivid territory, can set a serene scene, or land somewhere in between. If you are not quite ready to rip out cabinets or install new flooring, here are some decor tips and mosaic tiles to introduce to your kitchen without upsetting its balance.
Antique metallic arabesque mosaic backsplash. Tiles have different raised patterns on each tile.

Go Retro with Unique Shapes

When you are inviting a glorious new feature, such as a backsplash, into a dated kitchen, avoid clashing decor from different periods. Rather than tile materials that are contemporary or overtly modern, select an updated interpretation of a bygone era, like arabesque tile. The tile's retro-chic design gives a tired kitchen a classic lift.
Kitchen with medium brown wood cabinets in a modern style with blue glass rectangular mosaic in a grid arrangement.

Update a Brown Space

Are you working with a mostly brown kitchen? If you are only able to add a new backsplash for now, transition the space by adding a mosaic pattern that features warm, contemporary browns or contrast with cool blues and trendy grays.
Emphasize the contrast by adding smoky accessories, such as stainless containers, light gray dishtowels and rugs.

Add Movement

A kitchen that features monochromatic fixtures and finishes often just needs a little interest thrown into the mix. A backsplash with visual movement is ideal in this scenario. Whether adding a pop of color, a touch of texture, or a gradient of the original color scheme, choose one that not only adds to the space but can be paired easily with other accents.

Warm up a White Space

If your all-white kitchen feels boring, warm it up with the right backsplash. The neutral surroundings mean that almost any backsplash style and color will work—as long as it includes at least a little white for consistency. So, where do you start? Begin by looking at color favorites, such as the ones you used in adjoining rooms. Or elevate the elegance by incorporating white mosaic tile with metal, mirror, or glass accents. Take style cues from your home's overall design, factoring in its streamlined appeal, architectural curves, and craftsman charm.

If you have an outdated kitchen, a new backsplash can help to easily modernize the space. When you're ready to check out your options, head to a Daltile showroom or dealer near you.

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