Case Study: La Bella Casa Interior Designs

December 9, 2013


It’s no secret that interior designers love tin ceiling tiles for backsplashes. It adds an eye catching element that always becomes a talking point. We caught up with Lisa Griffiths of La Bella Casa Interiors to discuss why she chose tin for her client’s kitchen remodel.

Home Style: Traditional

Kitchen Style: Transitional

Home Location: North Wales, PA

Patterns/Colors Installed: Silver Burnt Umber, Pattern #12

How did you find out about tin as a backsplash option?
I love anything that is timeless and tin is one of those elements that stands the test of time. When I take on a project, I try to apply unique design elements and strive for that one of a kind result, whether it’s a kitchen, bath or any other space. After researching tin tiles on the Internet, I ran across American Tin Ceiling’s website. I saw they had a section for backsplash as a option and the seed was planted.

Did you consider any other materials? If so, which ones?
My client is a foodie and had purchased a large Wolfe range for the new kitchen space. The oven is centered on the back wall and the backsplash is a glass subway tile, which runs horizontally along the granite countertops. This called for a prominent focal point over the range to break up the horizontal line. My client was intrigued with the idea of using a decorative fireplace insert. We considered it, but couldn’t find a design that complemented the transitional style of the kitchen and realized it could be cumbersome to install.

Approximately how much research did you do ahead of time?
I knew I liked the idea of utilizing a larger tin tile over the range and complementing it with a series of smaller ones over the bar area - but I wasn’t sure if it would work. I contacted American Tin Ceiling Company and they were able to answer all of my questions and alleviate any concerns I had.

How did you find out about the American Tin Ceiling Company?
After spending a good amount of time researching different manufacturers, American Tin Ceiling stood out. Their website offered a great deal of information and many of my questions were answered.

Which installation type did you purchase (Snaplock, Nailup, etc.) and who did the install?
Nailup. The same professional that installed the subway tile installed the tin.

Would you use it again?
Absolutely.

What has the response/feedback been like?
Client loves it. It is unique and looks as beautiful as when it was installed over a year ago.

Any future projects in the works for tin?
I have a client in the midst of a basement remodel. I am proposing they use tin tiles for detail on the lower section of their stairwell and along the lower section of a bar they will be building.

Anything else you’d like to share or want us to know?
For the kitchen remodel, the tin tile pattern has a fleur de lis detail in the pattern. I was able to find lighting fixtures fashioned after radiator covers with the same pattern which complemented the look and added detail to the overall design.

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