Inspirational Kitchen Tile Ideas

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When people ask, "How's the kitchen remodel?" my answer lately has been, "It's almost almost done." John has been doing some trial and error runs on the concrete counter making, but more on that later (when we finally have a successful counter piece to show/photograph).

In the meantime, I have been spending hours on Houzz and Pinterest for kitchen tile backsplash inspiration. We've narrowed down to two amazing ceramics and tile companies, both offer beautiful product lines, gorgeous color palettes and lucky for us, allow us to support local California based companies.

First, is Heath Ceramics, founded in 1948 by Edith Heath. Heath has a few showrooms in the Bay Area and we ventured to the huge San Francisco Showroom to see the tile in person.

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They offer a variety of sizes, colors and glazes to view. We couldn't decide, so bought several small samples to take home.

Heath Ceramic Tile
Heath Ceramic Tile

I am leaning towards the classic triangle design, which would fit well with the historic midcentury period of our Eichler home.

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I loved all the colors that Heath offers, but was surprised that there weren't more true orange hue choices. Through Houzz, I discovered another California-based company, Fireclay Tile. They have a beautifully designed website, gorgeous colors, and boast sustainable manufacturing to boot. They shipped me free samples of their recycled (70% post consumer waste, including recycled wine bottles!) clay tile, in some eye-popping hues:  Lagoon, Tangerine, and Turquoise.

Fireclay Sustainable Tile
Fireclay Sustainable Tile

Fireclay also offers all the classic shapes and patterns:

Fireclay patterns
Fireclay patterns

And some really fabulous modern hand-painted patterns. These would be amazing as a wall feature or for our fireplace:

Fireclay Handpainted Contemporary Collection
Fireclay Handpainted Contemporary Collection

I think we have narrowed in on our final choice of main color, but still need to determine which shape and and accent colors we might add.

Might be it's time for a visit to Fireclay's San Francisco showroom for some added advice and eye candy too.

Fireclay

San Francisco Showroom:

901 Brannan St San Francisco, CA 94103

San Jose:

495 W Julian St San Jose, CA 95110

Heath Ceramics - Multiple showrooms, including Los Angeles and Sausalito

San Francisco Showroom: 2900 18th Street San Francisco, CA 94110