A hand-made tile backsplash infuses a kitchen with warmth and character, while evoking feelings of stability and growth. The artisanal mark left behind by the maker is an important part of the tile’s charm and authenticity, as well as a reminder that a human touch was used to create it.
Whether your design aesthetic leans toward minimalism, rustic charm, or eclectic bohemian, hand made tiles are the perfect way to elevate any space. Their unique patterns and textures add depth to any room, becoming focal points that draw attention and become conversation pieces. From simple subway tile to artistically hand painted designs, there are plenty of options for incorporating handmade tiles into any home or commercial project.
Handmade tiles are typically made with high-quality materials and undergo a meticulous process that includes shaping, glazing, and firing. The result is a durable and long-lasting material that can be used in various applications, including flooring and walls.
One of the most unique aspects of handmade tile is that it can be customized according to a client’s individual preferences. A skilled tile artisan can work closely with a homeowner to discuss different color combinations, shapes and sizes, and more. In this way, the homeowner can create a completely personalized space that perfectly reflects their personal style and becomes a beautiful centerpiece in their home.
Tile designer Deb O’Connor likens handmade tile to homemade cookies. Just as we would choose grandma’s cookie recipe over store-bought packaged cookies, we prefer the warmth and artistry that a handmade tile brings to a room. The imperfections that are inherent in handmade tile, from subtle color variations to slightly varied thicknesses, create a sense of authenticity that machine-made tile cannot replicate.
Handmade tile is also a great choice for projects that require durable, low-maintenance materials. They are more resistant to moisture than most tile types, and they can withstand heavy foot traffic and other common elements of everyday living. These benefits make them an excellent option for areas that receive a lot of use, such as backsplashes in kitchens and bathrooms, or floors in entryways and living spaces.
While the durability of handmade tile is a key benefit, proper care is essential to preserving their beauty and longevity. They should be cleaned regularly with a mild cleaning agent or specific product recommended by the manufacturer or tile artisan, and they may need to be sealed to protect them from spills and moisture.
If you’re interested in incorporating handmade tiles into your next project, please get in touch with us! We can help you find the perfect tile artisan for your vision, and provide you with an estimate. We are proud to offer a wide selection of quality handmade tile, from traditional Mexican clay to hand-painted Portuguese ceramics. Whether your design goals include a modern, mid-century or historic space, we can help you curate the perfect look.