Beautiful kitchen tile with bold countertops: How to do it right when you remodel

June 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm 6 comments

We think of kitchen design kind of like cooking; some people take a measured approach and some go at the kitchen like a free-for-all.  A little bit of this, a dash of that and… ta-da!  Suddenly you’ve created something new, and hopefully delicious.

And just like with cooking, there are a couple rules of thumb to keep in mind to achieve design deliciousness. One of them is to pick a “star” in your space and let it shine.  By that I mean choose one bold element and let your other features in the room accent it.  Beware of having “too much” going on, like a patterned countertop and busy tile.

For instance:

Busy countertop & tile

The tile and the countertop are competing for attention in this kitchen. We'd suggest toning down one element.

Not to say that your tile and countertop can’t both be stunning! That’s not at all what we’re saying!  Just let one element out shine the other by a little bit.

Like this kitchen with modwalls® Lush® 1×4 Cloud tile and lime green countertops. YES! Lime green countertops!  The countertop can’t be missed, but the tile is a still star because of its glossy, polished finish.  It complements the countertop perfectly without competing with it. So bold, so beautiful!

If you have granite countertops that are less than subtle, we’d highly suggest a solid color tile.

This kitchen with modwalls® Lush® 3×6 Almond tile is a perfect example of how it should be done.

Our Lush 3x6 Almond tile works with the granite countertop, not against it.

And the opposite is true too; keeping the countertops low-key? Then turn your tile up a notch!

Mellow countertops with vibrant Lush 3x6 Bamboo tile & orange accents.

Or rock a tile blend with a simple countertop.  This is modwalls® Lush® 1/2×2 Big Sur blend.

So what’s your style? Bold tile or bold countertops?


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Designed By Bob  |  June 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    You have terrific work displayed here! Especially like the Almond tile with granite countertop. That definitely worked well with the dark wood cabinets.

  • 2. modwallsdesignernotes  |  June 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you for the compliment, Bob! We appreciate it!

  • 3. Decor Girl  |  June 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Bold cool tiles like yours are the way to go! Countertops are more about function. A great backsplash can draw people into a space, not so much with a countertop. I like to think about where the viewers eyes naturally land… a vertical surface rather than horizontal. We hang art on a wall, same idea.

    • 4. modwallsdesignernotes  |  June 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      An excellent point! We agree, the eye really is drawn to the tile rather than the horizontal surface of a countertop.

  • 5. Marisa  |  February 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I love mod walls and am preparing to do some remodeling. I intend to purchase your tile and am wondering if you have a recommendation on where to purchase countertops. I especially love the bold green. please email your response to

    • 6. modwallsdesignernotes  |  February 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Hi Marisa,
      Thanks so much for your comment. I will email you also, but in general, we’re not really experts at telling you WHERE to buy countertops as we’re more informed about design decisions and not so much about exact locations to purchase kitchen materials other than tile. We do have an interior designer on staff, and I’ll email you about using her services.


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Rebecca Lonergan

Founder and Creative Director of Modwalls Tile Company. Since 2005 Rebecca has been designing Fresh Tile in Colors You Crave. Shop Online at

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