I’m an interior design expert – you may have the least popular design trend in your kitchen, but it’s easy to fix
THERE IS ONE kitchen trend of the last 50 years that stands out as particularly ugly – and chances are you have this feature in your own home.
However, interior design experts have tips on how to fix it, and the fix may be easier than you think.
According to a 2019 survey by furniture company Empire Today, tiled kitchen counters are the least popular kitchen design trend of the last 50 years.
Older homes are especially likely to have tile countertops, and while a vintage look can be chic, survey respondents said this utilitarian remnant is reminiscent of the 70s and 80s in a negative way.
In fact, tile countertops beat out inspirational wall quotes and shag rugs as one of the most newsworthy home styles featured in the survey.
Luckily, home experts know easy ways to spruce up your tile countertop if you can’t completely replace it.
Domino’s home experts have recommended ways to update your kitchen counters and avoid looking too retro.
If you want to bring an accent color into your kitchen, painting your countertop trim is one way to enhance your countertops and bring out your chosen shade.
“Most ceramic tiles can be painted as long as they are not exposed to water,” the experts wrote.
“According to Sherwin-Williams, you’ll need to clean and lightly sand the surface first (as you would a wall) and coat it with an acrylic primer before applying a high-quality latex-based paint.”
If a little pop of color isn’t enough for you, the house experts have suggested another way to break up a bland surface.
“Read between the lines: The literal glue that holds your boring white tiles together is your best friend,” the experts say.
It shouldn’t be difficult to stain the grout or adhesive either.
“Just dyeing the seams moss green, bright yellow or electric blue will refresh the dated feature,” the outlet recommended.
You can also go in the opposite direction and lean into the all-monochrome look, which can double up and hide any imperfections.
Try painting your cabinets the same color as your tile, which will guide the eye from the counter to the wall and visually expand the space.
Or, lean into the tile itself. Especially if you have an eye-catching color, extend the look beyond the counters and backsplash, and let the tiles stretch all the way up the wall or down the front of the sink.
Keeping a one-color look gives the eye “visual breathing space,” experts say, making your kitchen a space to relax in, whether you’re sipping drinks with guests or cooking up a storm.