Decorating Your Kitchen with Geometric Accent Tiles Decorating Your Kitchen with Geometric Accent Tiles

What You'll Need
Geometric accent tiles
80-grit sandpaper
Tile mastic
Trowel
Wet saw
Measuring tape
Tile grout
Tile sealer

Installing geometric accent tiles is an affordable and feasible way to beautify your kitchen and add color to it. The tiles are used on the walls, not on the floors or cabinets since they can crack. Follow the steps below to select these tiles and plan appropriate patterns for decorating a kitchen.

Step 1: Choosing the Tile

Geometric accent tiles come in different shapes such as circular, square, rectangle, hexagon, triangle etc. The thickness may also vary depending on how much you would want them to protrude from the wall’s surface. You can choose colors to compliment the shades in the countertops, floor tiles, cabinets, knobs and wall paint. Geometric accent tiles are usually not used in contrasting or vibrant colors to the wall since they essentially bring out the overall appearance of the kitchen—hence the word “accent.” The accent tiles being used in your kitchen can either be ceramic or metal, with ceramic as the more popular choice.

Step 2: Working with the Geometric Patterns

The geometric pattern will mainly accentuate the entire appearance of the kitchen. The most common pattern for kitchens is the leaf or fruits pattern. You can purchase tiles with patterns on them and place them in a single horizontal line. Another option is to trim the tiles and form various patterns on the wall yourself. You can do this by drawing out a pattern on a piece of paper and keeping in mind the dimensions of the area you are working with.  Jack-on-jack and Running Bond are popular geometric designs that are accomplished by trimming and placing them within a particular layout. This does not require any kind of a drawing on the tile, but merely forms a pattern on the wall by placing the tiles in a geometric fashion. You can use a wet saw to trim the tiles, keeping in mind the cabinet corners.

Step 3: Placement of the Geometric Accent Tiles

 Accent tiles are usually installed in the kitchen’s backslash but you can place them wherever you see fit. The surface however should be strong enough to hold the tile such as plaster, wood, gypsum or masonry walls. Do not install tiles if the wall has wallpaper attached onto it. Sand the wall prior to installing these tiles as this helps prepare the wall better.

Now apply tile mastic onto the surface using a trowel. Do not apply the mastic over the entire area altogether though as it may dry up. Most people start by first setting the plain tiles right above the counter so they may act as the beginning of the design. The geometric accent tiles are placed in the second or third row so that they may be more in focus. It also helps in enhancing the geometric coherence within the design but you can always work with this aspect however you please.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Grout the joints between the tiles after installing them. Apply a waterproof sealer since these tiles will constantly be in contact with moisture. 

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