Creating a Southwestern Kitchen in your Tucson Remodel

The style of the American Southwest is so easy on the eyes, it's no wonder it's become a popular design choice.Southwestern designis characterized by simplicity, repetition of geometric patterns or motifs, rustic materials, and earthy, vibrant color.

It's also warm and casual—a big draw for most kitchens. You can achieve a stunning Southwestern look in your kitchen with small additions or major remodel changes.

Remodel with a Saltillo floor. Floors made of Saltillo tiles, a type of clay paver, add instant effect. Remember, you must seal the Saltillo tiles both before you install them and after they've been laid in and grouted to keep them lasting.

Remodel with Talavera tile. Talavera tiles are intricately patterned and feature both symmetrical/geometric designs and representations of nature. It can be used as an accent or as the entire countertop for the full effect. Mix and match different patterns to make your kitchen unique.

Choose the right finishes. Stick with old-style finishes for plumbing and lighting, like a copper or oil-rubbed bronze faucet. Then use the same finish for your light fixtures to keep a consistent rustic effect.

Don't forget small touches in your Tucson kitchen remodel. With a little research, you can find punched tin cover plates for light switches. Another great detail is hand-forged, wrought-iron handles and knobs for drawers and doors. You might also stencil a design over a doorway.

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