If you want to refresh your kitchen but can’t afford a full-scale remodel, a smart place to start is with a new backsplash. Tile backsplashes are highly customize-able and can make a real impact in your kitchen; and there are numerous materials, colors, and patterns for you to choose from. Here are some design and installation tips to help you choose your next backsplash.
Should I Choose a Color, or Keep it Neutral?
The color of your backsplash is usually one of the first decisions you’ll make. You’ll need to decide if you want your backsplash to be colorful, or if you want it to remain neutral. Although a colorful backsplash has immediate impact, a neutral backsplash can add just as much character to your space. An important factor in this decision is the other colors and materials being used in your kitchen. Ask yourself how your tile will work with your overall color preference? Some people are drawn to color, while others find a sense of calm in a neutral space.
Don’t Forget Your Countertops
Your tile backsplash is always going to be right up against your countertops, so it is important to make sure the two materials and colors work well together. If you choose a colorful countertop material you’ll want to choose a neutral tile color (but you can still go wild with pattern!). If your countertops are neutral, choose tile that complements the texture and tone of the countertop material.
Which Material Should I Choose?
The material you choose for your backsplash is just as important as its color. You’ll need to figure out which type of tile will work best in your overall design. This decision should be based on personal preference, but also on the overall design style you are trying to achieve. Ceramic and porcelain tiles tend to be the least expensive, extremely versatile, and durable. It is also easy to clean. Glass tiles are perfect for more modern spaces, kitchens that demand a lot more color, or if you desire a customer, mosaic design. Glass tile can have more color consistency, and therefore a more predictable overall look. If your kitchen is rustic or industrial, brick might work best. But if it is clean and contemporary, a matte glaze might be the way to go. Don’t forget, our experienced staff is here to help! If you have any questions, send us a message!
What about a Pattern?
When you’ve decided on the scope and materials for your backsplash, it’s time to think about the style. Do you prefer classic shapes, or fun patterns? This is another important decision to be made. There are two things you can do when mixing and matching. One, you can choose a design that matches the surrounding décor. A white tiled backsplash would match up very well with black countertops for example. Two, you could opt for a design that sharply contrasts the existing décor and acts as a standout style, stealing away most of the attention to itself. If you want your kitchen to remain timeless in design, we suggest sticking with a classic tile such as a subway tile. This style will transcend trends, making your tile backsplash a sustainable design feature. However if you are drawn to pattern, specialty shapes can be just as timeless when done right. You want to make sure the color and shape you are choosing fits well in not just your kitchen but your entire home.
Mind the Height
Backsplash height is often a design detail that is overlooked. The backsplash has to end somewhere, but where it ends is up to you; although cabinetry can often be the deciding factor. While most homeowners opt for the standard countertop-to-cabinet height, you could decide to be more radical and go for a full height backsplash. This creates a more attention-gobbling focal point for the kitchen. If you just want a hint of tile, only bring your backsplash up to the bottom of your cabinet or first shelf. If you want more tile, you can often extend your backsplash to the ceiling in areas where there are no cabinets, such as over the sink, or over a stove. A counter-to-ceiling installation makes the tile a focal point in your kitchen, so if you choose to bring it to the ceiling, make sure you’ve chosen a color, size and layout that you love.
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