Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash
April 20, 2022
A kitchen remodel is a big undertaking so it’s important that you consider every detail along the way. Your kitchen backsplash probably won’t break the bank, but it has the potential to complement big-ticket items like your countertops and cabinets. Here are five things to consider when choosing a kitchen backsplash so it fits seamlessly into your beautifully designed space.
1. How Much Space Will Your Backsplash Cover?
When considering the design of the backsplash and selecting your backsplash materials, it’s best to approach it already knowing the area it will cover so you can make decisions that stay within your budget. Some materials, like a stone backsplash, are much more expensive than others, and they’re also harder to install—which makes it more labor-intensive (adding to the expense). Small, decorative tiles are also pricey, so while a lovely glass backsplash might make sense in a small space or as an accent, it may not be a practical choice financially to cover a large area.
2. What Material Do You Want for Your Backsplash?
There are quite a few material choices when it comes to backsplash designs, but the most popular are tile and stone. There are benefits and drawbacks to each material, and each has its own unique look. Stone backsplashes are typically more expensive, but when you pair a marble countertop with a stone backsplash, it truly is a lovely combination of textures. Tile, on the other hand, is a more cost-effective option, which makes it a more popular choice for kitchen backsplash designs. Consider the look you’re trying to achieve and your budget, and then choose the best material for the job.
3. Plain or Patterned?
Tile comes in all shapes, sizes, patterns and colors, and it can be overwhelming to narrow down your choice to pick the right design for your kitchen. First, consider your countertops, and choose tile that will complement the countertop’s texture, material and color—creating a balance that’s pleasing to the eye. If your countertop has a busy design, it may be best to choose a tile design that is more neutral, and if your countertops are primarily a solid color, you may have more freedom to choose a more playful tile pattern. If your countertops are busy and you choose an equally busy tile design, the effects will look messy and visually unappealing. Your remodeling firm will help you create a balanced look, so none of the design elements are competing for your attention.
4. Functionality First
Your backsplash shouldn’t be the biggest expense in your kitchen remodel, so choose a design that fits within your budget. Additionally, the main function of your kitchen backsplash is to protect your kitchen walls from damage while you cook and clean. Select a backsplash that is easy to clean and consider the tile material’s durability. There are plenty of materials to choose from, and not all are created equally.
5. Don’t Forget the Grout
Grout is like the glue that holds your backsplash together, but it can also be incorporated into your overall design. For many decades white grout was the dominant option, but it’s hard to keep clean. Sometimes a colored grout can change the entire look of a backsplash design, making it unique and eye-catching. Or select a grout that is the same color as your tiles for a seamless look.
Your kitchen backsplash should not be an afterthought during your kitchen remodeling process. With careful consideration, your backsplash can be a showstopping piece that cleverly ties together the countertops and cabinets, for a perfectly cohesive look. There are infinite design possibilities, and with the help of your professional remodeling firm, you’ll be able to create a beautiful backsplash for your new kitchen.
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