A Foolproof Way to Test Tile

By Karin Lidbeck Brent

Its been a while since I wrote an update on my Cape Cod home renovation, as with most renovation projects, completing the finishing touches have taken much longer than I anticipated. While I am just about ready for the reveal, I have one final renovation tip to share.

Tile is definitely going to have a starring role in my kitchen redesign. While many people play-it-safe and select a neutral tile for the kitchen backsplash, I knew I wanted something that would reflect the beach-inspired color scheme that I have incorporated throughout the house.

Kitchen designer Rebecca Reynolds and I have been looking at some of these soft blue Mediterranean tiles from Tile Designs by Laura based in North Haven, Connecticut. They have so many fabulous tiles that I am having trouble making up my mind!

Designs by Laura

Photography by Karin Lidbeck Brent

I’m taking time to explore different tiles and really live in the space before I make a final decision. In the meantime, I have been making paper copies of the tiles and placing them on the wall to help me with the decision.  This way I can see exactly what it will look like without actually committing to the tile.

Testing kitchen tile

Testing kitchen tile

Testing the tile this way definitely takes time, but I know that when I finally do select the tile, I will do it with complete confidence.

Read the other blog posts in the series here:

Part 1 – Getting Started

Part 2 – Hiring the Right Team

Part 3 – Creating a Home with Great Bones

Part 4 – Designing as you Go 

Part 5 – Planning the Design Direction

Part 6 – It’s all Coming Together!

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