Fall Guide

Fall Home Improvement

Talking with Interior Designer J. Von Hughes of Westerly’s Renaissance Tile


I’m hosting the holidays at my house. Do I have time to refresh my kitchen before then?
Absolutely. September is the time to look at the interior of our home in preparation for the holidays and upcoming winter months. A significant portion of home interior improvements will include new tile. Whether you plan to revitalize or add a new kitchen backs-plash, replace the mudroom/foyer tile, re-do the master or guest bedroom or powder room, or simply add that living room accent wall, it’s time to begin the process! Be sure to start far in advance in order to meet your target dates for completion.

What should I expect to spend on a kitchen tile backsplash?
That’s a tough one. It depends on what you are looking for really. The cost will vary with square footage and materials. The “average” backsplash is normally just 25-35 square feet. So for example, if you have a 25 s.f. backsplash and let’s say the cost of the tile is $10 per s.f. – (25 sf. x $10) = $250.00 plus grout, thinset & installation. The kitchen backsplash is an important aspect of the kitchen that has both a practical & decorative purpose. The practical is the obvious, to protect the wall and ease of cleaning. The decorative is to bring in texture, color, and interest to the area. It also “completes” the look of the kitchen. It’s an important addition and investment to the room.

There are several variables that will drive price up like using high-end glass, hand painted or vintage tiles regardless of size but no worries, we are here and look forward to assisting you, offering guidance and answer any questions you may have.

Tile renovations can be overwhelming. Where do I start?
Hire a licensed builder or contractor. It’s important to follow your contractor or builder’s advice. They are there to direct you through the process. Most have their own tile installers. Some are more hands-on and will install the tile themselves. Whoever you decide to use, always make sure they are licensed and insured.

Should I pick cabinets first, or tile? Please explain the design process.
It’s best, but not always necessary, to have decided on your vanity, plumbing, light fixtures and countertop before choosing your tile. Textures, color, finishes are considered when picking tile so you want to make sure the tile is complimentary, not competing with your furniture or countertops. Once decided, bring a small sample with you to Renaissance Tile Gallery for professional assistance in selecting your tile. Any photographs of the area prior to slight renovations are also helpful in the process. If you do not have a professional tile installer, we will refer one to you.

Renaissance Tile Gallery
Spindrift Village, 271 Post Road (Rt. 1), Westerly


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