Glass tile is a consistently popular option for backsplashes in bathrooms and kitchens, and the increasing use of inkjet printing is helping create an ever-growing range of shapes, colors and patterns for using these tiles to add an exciting feature to a room’s appearance.
Backsplashes have long been used to complement the look of the rest of a room, giving home owners the chance to use some unique tiles to contrast with different materials and designs used for floors, cabinets, showers and more. There are a host of materials that can be used for these tiles, ranging from ceramic to porcelain, but glass is well rated because of its versatility.
The ability to cut and shape glass tiles into many kinds of designs is all thanks to inkjet printing, which recreates digital images onto the tile. Much like a home computer’s inkjet printer that can recreate any image on a piece of paper, inkjet printers are able to create hexagons, squares, rectangles and many more shapes onto glass tiles in a variety of colors and sizes. A benefit of using the printer for these tiles means that they’ll all look the same, ensuring consistency for planning.
This also allows for using the inkjet printer to design glass tiles that look like other, more expensive, materials such as marble. As a result, designers can use printed glass tiles to achieve the appearance of a marble backsplash but at significantly lower cost than buying marble.
In addition to the wide range of design options, glass tiles also have a number of other benefits that make them ideal from a practical nature in a busy room like a kitchen or bathroom. For example, they’re very resistant to stains, meaning that expected spills won’t be a concern. The tiles also benefit from being durable and resilient against chipping or scratching.
When planning on using glass tiles for a bathroom backsplash – or even an entire wall or floor – hexagonal-shaped tiles remain a well-liked choice that resembles natural stone tiles. Even if the shape of the hexagon stays the same, it’s possible to get creative by varying the size. For example, using small two inch hexagonal tiles can look great in a bathroom.
Alternatively, print glass tiles with larger hexagonal shapes in varying shades of whites and browns for a look that suggests stone but is more uniform and accident-resistant. Much like the smaller hexagons, this can work well for a backsplash, wall or even a bathroom floor.
Or add some variety to the larger hexagonal tiles by keeping the size and colors within the same range, but adding speckles that will differ between each tile for a more randomized appearance.
Square and rectangle design glass tiles work just as well and help achieve other goals, such as using the tiles to resemble stacked walls. The tiles could be printed in rectangles of the same height but differing widths, produced with accents to resemble stacked stone but at much less cost.
Given the affordable price of glass tiles as well as the extensive range of styles available thanks to ink jet printing, it’s easy to see why this is an outstanding option for backsplashes.