Sunday, August 8, 2010

To Tumble or Not to Tumble?

Probably one of the more common materials for a backsplash is a tumbled stone. It is available in many color and shade variations. Whether it is a 2x2, 4x4, 3x6, mosaic or a myriad of other sizes, tumbled stone is a way to add great texture to your space.


Tumbled stone refers to a stone that has worn edges, a rough surface and some color variation. It looks great used alone or with inserts of glass or metal tiles. There are many patterns you can lay it in, depending on the size you end up using. Look in magazines and open houses for inspiration or make your own custom design. Do not be afraid to turn the tile 45 degrees, 90 degrees, lay it in a brick pattern or use another unique pattern. April at Traditions in Tile is wonderful at helping design a layout that will look great with your space.


Tumbled stone can be installed and grouted like any other tile. It is porous and requires sealing. Make sure you begin with a good quality sealer. Sealing tile and grout is a simple process that does not require special tools or a lot of time. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the sealer you choose.


If you are looking to add some character to your backsplash, tumbled stone is a great way to go. It adds a great “lived in”, natural, welcoming feel and give the space that little “punch” that maybe you are missing.

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