Picking Kitchen Backsplash

Picking Kitchen Backsplash

BY Theresa Ulrich On

When remodeling your kitchen selecting every last design detail is critical in having a cohesive design. below we have provided some guidelines for choosing kitchen tile backsplash. Consider these points before you make your selection.

Match colors, mix materials. Having a tough time deciding among tiles?  You might want to try  taping color and tile samples to the walls to see what they look like throughout the day as the natural light changes. It is important to select one main color and a couple of accent colors to use throughout the kitchen.

Countertops often dictate the backsplash color and style but, you may want to also consider fixtures like your lighting and hardware. Try mixing metallic tiles in different shades with various finishes, such as brushed stainless steel, oil-rubbed bronze or even an antique brass. By including small tiles of marble or granite, you can pull in the countertop color without being boring with a panel of granite that extends up from the countertop. For glass tiles, check out some of the newer tiles that have a bit of crackle or frosted finish.

Beautiful Backsplashes

Invest in the high-impact zone. There is more square footage of wall space above the range and sink, so you can play with tile design.  Consider a neutral field tile for the rest of the kitchen, then bring in a funky glass tile to create a showy centerpiece above the stove.

This is the place to play up pattern. Some options pattern options include placing tile on the diagonal, or applying a staggering brick pattern with slim subway tiles. Don’t be afraid to spice it up in this typically 2-by-3 foot area. Even as one of the larger swaths of tile space, it’s still small. So if you choose a bold color or trendy tile pattern for this zone, you can always change it down the road without tearing out your entire kitchen backsplash. if you are looking for a unique idea back-painted glass in any color is fresh but refined and works well in a contemporary kitchen.

Be budget savvy. if you are on a budget, stay away from trendy tile and revisit classic white ceramic that can cost less than a dollar per square foot. But don’t skimp on the grout.

Flexibility is important if you’re working on a budget—you might not get the exact tile size or color or texture you originally wanted. Choose based on priority.

If you need to cover lots of area, like an entire wall, you can add interest without emptying your bank account by opting for practical metal panels. Stainless steel sheets come in a variety of finishes.

Cheap Versus Steep: Kitchen Backsplashes

Ask about wear and tear. How easily can you clean the tile, and what is the best way to seal it? Ceramic tile doesn’t need to be sealed, but natural tile does if you want to maintain its appearance. Generally,  you can apply any type of tile to a backsplash as long as porous materials like bamboo and cork are sealed.

Consider eco-friendly options. Cork mosaic tiles are appropriate for walls or floors, and tiles made of 100-percent bamboo are sealed to create a backsplash that’s warm yet contemporary. Recycled glass tile is durable, stain resistant and comes in a range of unique colors that result from melting and repurposing recycled glass. These tiles come in all sizes, from thumb-print sized mosaics to larger squares.

Information provided was gathered from HGTV.com.