You have some ideas for a custom kitchen tile design for your home. You’ve done your research and you’re ready to get down to business – now what do you do?
Here you are, unhappy with your kitchen’s look and feel and not exactly sure what to do about it. Maybe it’s not all bad but the time has come for a kitchen facelift. But you aren’t an architect or a designer and you don’t have the resources (spelled m-o-n-e-y) to hire one. You have a couple of ideas for colors or maybe textures. Perhaps you’ve even gone over photos on Pinterest or Houzz and found some looks or colors you like. So now what? How do you turn these “good ideas” into your own personal design and make it a reality in your house?
Martha Rolli was faced with that exact dilemma. “My house is a ranch built in 1958 with lots of the original features. The kitchen is a fairly contemporary design. One of my worries was that I didn’t want to introduce any details that were too busy or fussy. I wanted the look to be sleek and clean. I spent a lot of time on the Internet to find examples. I wanted my kitchen to be original and wasn’t happy with the same old things I saw in local store displays. I was drawn to the tile on the Mercury Mosaic website but saw a few problems. First I had such a large area to cover and their tiles were small. I was really attracted to the large format tile I was seeing in many modern designs and I wanted to incorporate it, but make the whole thing special and unique.”
She contacted Mercury Mosaics and spoke with the owner and head designer, Mercedes Austin. “I discussed the idea of mixing tile types and sizes with Mercedes and she was totally up for it. She found a large format tile which she thought would work well with her tile and it was perfect.”
The design process is crucial to the success of the whole project. “I sent Mercedes some inspirational photos including color schemes that I liked and she sent me samples of tile that fit my requests.”
Design concepts were formulated and modified, photos and concept boards sent back and forth, all done over the Internet. “We went through a couple of drafts and came up with the pattern that you see in the final photos. Everyone was patient with me and my very specific requests.”
“It is even better in real life. We love it. Although the first sketch was nice it wasn’t exactly what I wanted but Mercedes made me feel comfortable giving my input and changing things up until I was happy with the overall look. She was very helpful with the color selection too. I can’t tell you how many people told me that black (charcoal) was not a good choice.”
“Once the design was done, the service I got from Mercury Mosaics was great. Everything arrived on time and within budget.”
“Many places I went for help designing my kitchen wanted me to change my vision to fit the product they were selling. They would tell me why my choices were wrong and try to convince me that their product was what I really wanted. Many of the choices I made for the kitchen were unconventional, and for me that is what makes my kitchen special. Mercedes and the staff at Mercury Mosaics took the time to really understand what I wanted and help me attain that result.
“If there is one thing I could tell other people who are in the same position I was, it would be that it is worth it to realize your vision. Don’t settle for less.”
Custom tile design and installation should be easy and fun. We at Mercury Mosaics specialize in a simple, easy to understand design process that helps you get to where you want to go. And there are no extra charges or fees for any of this design work. It is all part of our customer service.
We would love to hear about problems and solutions you have encountered in your own kitchen or home tile design projects. If you feel we can be of assistance, contact us by phone or email and perhaps we can do for you what we did for Martha Rolli and literally thousands of others.