Category Archives: Kitchens

Busy Tile Done Right

I generally have the mantra that a very busy tile should be used in small doses for maximum impact. Likewise, if you have a large space that you’re tiling, then you generally want to opt for a larger-sized tile to keep it from being overwhelming.

However, I came across the following photo which I believe might shoot my theory in the foot:

Source: Atmosphere Interior Design Inc. via

This is an extremely busy tile, but it doesn’t look like “too much” in this space.

Why not?

Let’s break it down:

1) Neutral tile color. This tile is really just composed of several neutrals. If there had been a color thrown into the mix, this space definitely wouldn’t have worked like it does here.

2) Monochromatic room. Because the designer chose to keep the room relatively monochromatic (save for the dark cabinetry of the floating island and the interior shelving surrounding the stove), this room really just acts like a blank canvas and allows for much more backsplash freedom.

So if you’re considering installing a tile like the one pictured above, these are just a couple of things to keep in mind.

-Tonino Patane’

A Roundup of Christmasy Tiled Kitchens

I’m feeling particularly festive today as I finish up my Christmas cards, so I thought today I would share some of my favorite Christmasy kitchen photos.

Do you have a favorite? While I tend to lean towards the more traditional ceramic 4×4, that bianco carrara slab really does have a “wow” factor.

Now I’m off to help get some West Vancouver’s client’s homes ready for the holidays!

-Tonino Patane’

The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile has been the tile “go-to” for decades. In the mecca of all things tile, Italy, it’s second in popularity only to natural stone.

That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind about ceramic tile before you choose it for your tile installation. I’ve compiled the filing list of pros and cons to consider before choosing ceramic tile for your project:

This backsplash used a hand glazed ceramic subway tile to add a punch of color to the kitchen.


– The price is excellent. Ceramic tile tends to be the least expensive option in the tile world.

– Endless color palette. You can find ceramic tile in virtually any color you desire.

– Lots of shapes and sizes. Granted, fun shapes will cost you a bit more. But you can find ceramic tile in squares, briques, mini-circles (called penny-rounds), hexagons, diamonds, etc.

– Easy installation. If you’re installing tile yourself (obviously, I recommend a professional), this is the easiest material to work with.


– Depending on your project, ceramic is not always very durable. It likes to chip, and because it’s not full-bodied (meaning the color doesn’t go all the way through), they will be noticeable.

– Ceramic tile shouldn’t be used in high-traffic areas for the above reason.

This backsplash was designed with alternating ceramic inexpensive way to add a fun pattern.

Overall, it’s a great material and can be extremely versatile. If you have any specific questions about using ceramic tile, feel free to comment, email, or call me and I’ll be happy to help you out.

-Tonino Patane’