KBB - April 2011 - (Page 20)

T rends Visible Difference Today’s backsplashes are high-profile Once purely utilitarian, backsplashes have evolved into a significant component of the look and feel of any kitchen. And now with more kitchens opening up to other living spaces, they have taken on even greater visibility. According to Tristan McManaman, marketing director for Walker Zanger, today’s backsplashes have “a higher design function,” often providing a focal point for the kitchen, as well as a visual link to adjoining rooms. KEEPING IT CLEAN Thankfully, homeowners are catching on. According to Raymond Moore, director of architectural sales for Nemo Tile, more seem willing than ever to invest in attractive, quality backsplash materials, even if it means spending less, say, on a floor. Glass continues to be a popular choice, especially in rectangular or linear formats. Subway tiles, for example, which cost more in glass than in ceramic, are finding much favor, said Moore, as they offer “a whole different look and you can get great color.” Designer Jennifer Gilmer, of the eponymous firm, has seen a growing interest in back-painted glass, which allows her to customize size and color while virtually eliminating grout lines. “It’s a really clean look,” she said. The emphasis on less fuss also applies to stone and ceramics, which are being used in sizes as large as 4 in. x 16 in. to minimize seams. Ann Sacks’ latest, Soleil, comes in a 6-in. x 18-in. format that can cover a typical backsplash with just three rows of tiles stacked on top of each other, noted DeeDee Gundberg, senior design director for Ann Sacks. And Gilmer has used stone floor tiles on backsplashes, so “you only have vertical grout lines.” Continued on page 22 From Fireclay Tile comes Crush, a collection of 100 percent recycled tile in 36 colors, two finishes and a variety of field tile sizes and borders. Mosaics are offered in an array of patterns and shapes, including 11/4-in.- and 21/2-in.-diameter rounds, as well as a combination pattern. Circle No. 200 Nemo Tile’s first in-house stone line, Ruscello offers marble, sandstone, basalt and limestone field tiles in a variety of sizes, as well as mosaics in irregular rectilinear and trapezoidal shapes (adige cuneo is shown). The latter comes on 12-in. x 12-in. sheets that feature a mix of honed, polished and sandblasted finishes. Circle No. 201 For those who prefer minimal seaming on the backsplash, Ann Sacks’ Soleil features 6-in. x 18-in. handcrafted field tiles in cream gloss, gray crackle, linen crackle, taupe crackle, white gloss or white matte. The line also includes 11/4-in. x 6-in. quarter round trim. All are suitable for use on indoor walls and in medium-duty flooring applications, as well as wet areas. Circle No. 202 20 + K BB April 2011 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

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