Episode 1: Three Considerations for Strategic Backsplash Selection

Hi there! Welcome to the “Ask Alexa” series. I’m Alexa Drees, the Design Center Director at Drees Homes, and I’m excited to bring you weekly tips, advice, and answers to your dilemmas to help make designing your dream home an easy and enjoyable process. Each week, I’ll be rolling out a new feature.

For our inaugural spotlight, we’re talking all things backsplash. We’ll cover strategic considerations to help you feel confident and secure in your design decision.

#1. When playing it safe, opt for classic subway tile.

One trend that we think will stand the test of time is the 3″ x 6″ ceramic tile. While white is timeless, we feel subway tiles in all sizes, materials, and colors are growing in popularity. From blues and greens to wood and distressed textures, we love it all!

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#2. When wanting to explore alternatives, consider other patterns and shapes.

If you want to go beyond the norm and make a stylish statement, playful patterns (like chevron) and shapes (think baroque and hexagons) are perfect. When spicing it up with a more unique shape or pattern, you can go neutral with your color palette to stay classic or go bold with a splash of color.

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#3. When wanting to make a statement, choose hand-painted or glazed tiles.

You can achieve high design when expanding your selection to include hand-painted or Moroccan-inspired glazed tiles. These unique offerings offer strong visual impact as they’re all about pattern and color.

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Next week, we’ll be talking backsplash color and material choices along with one backsplash design we’re starting to see less of in the design world. For the first look at our new segment, be sure to follow along on Facebook. We look forward to having you join us on this journey of design explorations!

All the best,
Alexa Drees

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