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Kitchen or Bath Tiling Projects: Places to Go for Design Inspiration

09 Sep
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
Kitchen or Bath Tiling Projects: Places to Go for Design Inspiration

1. Inspiration:

Houzz – This is a very visual social network full of virtually every type of home, building and project type. It features more design inspiration than your house has room for, and also provides you with contractors and installers in your area in case you want a pro to handle your project. Either way, you will find plenty of inspiration to make a design decision.

Pinterest – Another visually rich network, less formal than Houzz, but definitely a great resource for home decorating and remodeling ideas. Use the search to narrow your focus by room in your house (kitchen), the particular project (backsplash) and the material you want to use (ceramic tile).

HGTVLots of information and photos. Be sure to check out the Photo Library, Design & Decorate, and Remodel tabs to make your way into sections for kitchen, bath, outdoor, and other spaces.

The Kitchen Designer – If you’re looking for design ideas off the rack, this blog has a lovely Old World sensibility, primarily Scandinavian.

Kitchen & Bath Design News – Aside from professional contractors’ news, this site offers plenty of ideas and inspiration, including product trends and design.

Kitchen & Bath Business – Another industry-focused resource, but with many sections to explore, including galleries with kitchen and bath trends and inspiration as well as projects and products. This site tends to feature high-end homes.

DominoThis is a wonderful place to shop or window shop for remodeling projects and ideas.

Your Own Social Media Network – Great inspiration can come from your own social network, too. Check out your community boards, photos, and videos for project ideas and installation suggestions.


2. How-To:

Google – Simply type in search terms around your projects such as “kitchen tile” or “bathroom remodel” and you will find hundreds of websites and images that offer ideas and how-to-guides for your project.

YouTubeIf you’re like many of us, videos are great learning tools. Do a simple search on YouTube and you’ll find lots of inspiration and how-to instructions for DIY-projects.

John BridgeA terrific site that focuses on tile projects for the DIYer-crowd. Lots of detailed explanations and definitely worth a visit.

DIY Network – This, of course, is heavy on how-to content, but it also offers inspiration and ideas. Be sure to check the Bath Crashers and Kitchen Crashers pages.

Apartment Therapy and House Beautiful Two more sites loaded with visuals and how-to guides for DIYers.


3. Tools:

TEC® Skill Set™ – If you are doing a project yourself, you’ll need a coverage calculator to determine how much surface preparation products, mortars and grout you will need. The calculator totals the estimated amount of product needed for a project. Product estimates are reported in pounds, gallons, bags and pails.

TEC® Skill Set™ Blog - A lot of information and handy tips for home tiling projects. Use the TEC® Skill Set™ Color Selector to find the color and design accessories that fit your home and your personality.


It’s reassuring to see what others have tried and how they have succeeded before you take the time and money for your own project(s). This is true for both design and materials. Social media and other online resources provide a visual roadmap for you to achieve the design you want in the fastest time possible.

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