Can you believe 2017 is coming to an end? As we wind down for the holidays, many of us are also thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s a personal goal like a new diet or reading more books, it’s also important to think about your environment because your outer world is often a reflection of your inner world. For instance, it’s hard to declutter your mind if you’re living in clutter.And if you’re thinking of starting a new diet, it doesn’t help if your kitchen is grimey and falling apart. In fact,if you want to cook more at home, try new recipes, and enjoy great food, it’s important to do so in a kitchen that that makes you feel comfortable and encourages test your culinary abilities. So why not make a healthy fresh start in the New Year with a redesigned kitchen? Here are some tips to help you out.

Start with the tiles
For starters, replacing your kitchen tiles is essential when it comes to redesigning your kitchen. New tiles freshen up your place by making it clean, sleek, and contemporary. As an example, see how the kitchen floor tiles in the image below make the entire space look modern.

kitchen floor tiles

What’s new
When it comes to choosing your tiles, don’t be afraid to go for bright and bold colours, textures and patterns. In fact, these designs are trending in 2018. For instance, Millennial Pink is in this year, and it looks like it’s not going away anytime soon. Or how about geometric cement tiles? These tiles are characterized by bright colours and intricate Moroccan and Cuban patterns.

Whether it’s two-tone chevrons, diamonds, busy geometric patterns, or sculpted bas-relief tiles, this upcoming year’s styles are going to be about establishing a wow factor in your home.

Patterned backsplashes

Not only should you pay attention to your kitchen floor, it’s also important to have a great backsplash. Backsplashes are like wallpapers in a sense; with their variety of designs, patterns, and textures, they add personality to your kitchen and make your space really pop. Some patterns that are trending in 2018 include terrazzo tiles (characterized by marble mosaics) and large hexagon tiles, which give your kitchen more flare.

You can even make your kitchen worldly with an Asian, Turkish, or Egyptian themed backsplash.

If you’re unsure and need some advice, you could always consult with your local tile dealer to help you select the ideal pattern for your kitchen.

The key is to find the right balance between incorporating unique designs and patterns, and simplicity. If you’re going for elaborate tiles, have plain granite countertops and cabinets to compliment them and vice versa.

patterned backsplashes

Experiment
Don’t be afraid to take risks and experiment with colour.

If you just started shopping around for tiles, you might see there are many more rich, saturated colors than ever before. Pastels still offer a nice touch, but a rich colour, such as emerald green, pairs well with the growing trend of adding more plants to your home.

Say hello to unconventional materials
Everyone wants their home to be unique. The next time you’re visiting your tile wholesaler, see what other materials they have besides ceramic tiles. You can really spice up your kitchen by installing a metal or wood, or even a fabric backsplash.

Metallic backsplashes are surprisingly gaining popularity. These backsplashes compliment modern stainless steel appliances, making your place look sophisticated and current.

In contrast, wood backsplashes can make your kitchen look like a cozy cottage. You could also use laminate flooring for your backsplash as an alternative to using real wood. Also, be careful when using wood as they are highly flammable.

Or, instead, why not install beautiful fabric behind a large glass tile? This look would be unique and wouldn’t compromise fire safety.

Start your year off right
While it may be daunting to maintain a new diet or change your habits, you can start small by makings changes in your environment. Something as simple as redesigning your space, such as changing your kitchen tiles, can improve your outlook and help you stay focused. So transform your space and make 2018 your year for change.

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