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Adding a Subway Tile Backsplash

Subway tile, so named in 1904 due to the white New York subway walls being covered by the 3×6” sections, is becoming popular again. The tiles have been an addition to bathrooms and kitchens over the years but their popularity had dropped for a while. Now, use as a subway tile backsplash behind stoves and sinks have regained their place in kitchen renovations. With the tile’s ease of cleaning as well as adding a refreshed look to previously uncovered or, worse yet, papered walls people all over are rehashing this long used material. With the different styles available in stone, ceramic and glass it is easy to find a look that will enhance kitchen work spaces.

Subway tiles can be found in nearly any color or pattern and are easy to obtain and install, made even more so by the list of available instructional DVDs and custom tools for grouting. The price of the tile is strictly governed by the desired material, glass being the cheapest and stone the more expensive. However, even the expensive materials are cost effective due to their longevity and ease of maintenance. For those that are trying to ‘go green’, there is also recycled glass available at most tile distributors.

The addition of subway tile backsplashes can be done to match existing tile or stone countertops, or as an accent or compliment to their tone. Some vendors have virtual kitchens on their website, which lets you place the colors of tile wanted against the counter color already in place for proper theme building. Many sites offering these tiles also have the availability of test samples to make sure you are happy with the look before investing in the complete amount of materials needed. Make sure to research the utilities of the location you are going to purchase from to make this experience as easy and functional as possible.

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