Using Mosaic Tiles to Liven up a Dated Kitchen

Mosaic tiles can breathe life back into an outdated kitchen. Although installing mosaics is a relatively minor project, it's one that packs tremendous visual punch. But with seemingly limitless options, from glass and stone to porcelain and even metallic mosaics, how do you choose a backsplash design that ties into an existing 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. So if you're not ready to rip out cabinets or install new flooring just yet, here are some decor tips and mosaic tiles to introduce to your kitchen without upsetting its balance.

Go Retro with Dots

When you're inviting a glorious new feature, such as a backsplash, into a dated kitchen, avoid clashing decor from different periods. Nix any tile materials that are too contemporary or overly modern, and instead, go with something like dot mosaic tile. The tile's retro-chic design gives a tired kitchen a whimsical lift. Choose mosaic dot tiles in crisp white, or white and contemporary gray. 

Update a Brown Space

Are you working with a mostly brown kitchen? If you're only able to add a new backsplash for now, transition the space from being dated by adding a mosaic pattern that features warm, contemporary browns and trendy grays. Today's assorted brown hues include gold, bronze, and "greige," which is a gray-beige blend.  Emphasize the stormy shades by adding smoky accessories, such as gray tea towels, pewter paint on the walls, trendy gray and cream mats, and white dishware for contrast.

Add Movement

A kitchen that features bland fixtures and finishes often just needs a little color or pattern thrown into the mix. A backsplash with visual movement and vivid contrast is ideal in this scenario. Look to these assorted color schemes and 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. You can also take style cues from your home's overall design, factoring in it's streamlined appeal, architectural curves, or 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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