Installation Stories: An Ogee Kitchen Remodel
After moving in to their new-build home, Britt and her husband wanted to make their brand new kitchen feel a little more like home, and what better way to do so than with a unique kitchen backsplash? The couple chose to add a hint of color and pattern to the space for a look that is sophisticated and personal. We took a minute to chat with Britt about her installation and her Fireclay experience.
Hi Britt! First of all how did you hear about Fireclay Tile?
Britt – We were searching through design websites looking at images of the tile shape we had envisioned using when we stumbled across Fireclay Tile. As soon as we started looking at the color choices and tile shapes on your website, we knew we had found what we were looking for. We were immediately drawn to the huge assortment of colors and that each order was individually made for the customer. Other mass-produced tiles in the Ogee shape we had looked for were very limited in color selection and type of finish.
Your Design Consultant, Yvette helped us by sending our color samples and she was a huge help answering all our questions. We love that your products are made to order instead of being mass-produced. It adds a personal element to the tile and makes it seem like a work of art. You sustainability practices also played a key role in our decision to go with Fireclay Tile.
What did your kitchen look like before the remodel?
Britt – Our house is a semi-custom new build in a suburb of Denver. We decided not to do a builder grade backsplash because their choices were limited and somewhat boring, overpriced and not our design aesthetic. We knew we could wait until we moved in and hire a contractor to do something more current that suited our tastes better.
What type of look were you going for?
Britt – We were looking for a backsplash for our kitchen that would be a conversation piece, but we also wanted something that we knew could stand the test of time. After searching through countless design websites and blogs, we fell in love with the classic Moroccan inspired shape of the Ogee tile. We decided on the color Oyster Shell because it was the perfect amount of color we were looking for. It is not overwhelming, has a beautiful shine and it goes perfectly with the rest of the kitchen.
Why did you choose to use the Ogee and Ogee Drop patterns?
Britt – The design for the kitchen was to lay the Ogee tile in a traditional pattern and use white grout to make the shape stand out a little bit. We also have a small Butler's pantry in our dining room that we wanted to tile. We wanted to do something slightly different and something that stood out more. So we choose the Ogee Drop and in Atlantic. We placed the Ogee Drop tile with the rounded parts facing upwards. It almost has a three-dimensional effect of layered pieces, which we love.
Please note: We have discontinued the color Atlantic, for a very similar look, try Sea Glass.
How did the installation process go? Did you face any challenges? Did you work with a tile installer?
Britt – Due to the unique shape of the tiles, we knew the installation would be more difficult than a simple subway tile. We found a contractor who was very meticulous and a true craftsman. We did not really have any challenges with our installation.
Did you work with a designer on your project?
Britt – We were the designers for our project and had so much fun picking out our colors and watching the whole process unfold. I really enjoy your posts on Pinterest and seeing what other people do with your beautiful products.