OK, so I swear I’m not going to rename this blog temporarybacksplashes.com (oh hey, it’s available…), but fresh on the heels of my Smart Tiles awakening, a very nice D16 reader emailed me about the Bangalore-based Etsy shop BleUcoin, and I can’t not blog about it.
Tile decals are nothing new (I think the first ones I ever saw were from Mibo), but BleUcoin is working with some very cool traditional Turkish, Mexican, and Indian motifs that are very appealing to me. Unfortunately most of their product shots are pretty fake-looking Photoshop mockups rather than actual photos, but they’re good enough to get a sense of the overall look.
Above, clockwise from top left: Turkish Tulip, Mexican Talavera, Indian Blue Pottery, Portuguese Tile. I really like patchworked tiles, and the busyness of these designs would go a long way toward distracting the beige blah-ness of so many rental kitchens.
One nice thing about BleUcoin‘s tile decals is that they come in a huge range of sizes from 2×2″ to 8×8″ (as well as custom sizing), making covering up existing tile right up to the grout line very easy. You can apply them directly to the wall, too, and it’s not necessary to leave a gap between the decals if you want more of a wallpapered effect. You can use them on stair risers, too!
Interestingly, BleUcoin’s FAQ states that their decals cannot be used on top of low or no VOC paints, so that’s worth keeping in mind. Also, paint needs to be totally cured (2-3 months) before decals can be applied, otherwise the adhesive will fail. Applying over tile seems super simple, though, and they are removable (but not reusable, unlike KitchenWall’s product). They’re not cheap, but in a small rental kitchen with sad tiles? This seems like a great option!