Designing your kitchen is much more than just choosing appliances, cabinets, and a countertop. Steal these spot-on designer tips to inject more personality into your cooking space.
Experiment with geometric tiles.
Tile offers a repeating pattern to your backsplash, floor, or counter no matter its shape — and that can make you think the quietest options (like rectangles and squares) are the safest. But in a solid or neutral hue, more playful patterns dial up your kitchen’s decor without overwhelming the space.
“I stumbled across this backsplash (Swiss Cross by Ann Sacks) while searching for something that looked like subway tile, but wasn’t,” says Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design. “I was reluctant to introduce a new color pattern into this kitchen because the cabinets and counters are so strong, but I wanted a backsplash that held its own. The geometric lines complement the modern style of the kitchen — it’s a traditional element with a contemporary twist.”