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Choosing The Perfect Kitchen Backsplash
In the midst of the chaos kitchen designing can bring, many often overlook the importance of a kitchen backsplash. We tend to plan out our cabinetry, countertops, and appliances first. Then we trickle into the little details such as cabinet hardware, sink, and faucet. Most times our minds skip over the idea of backsplash until we see our kitchen’s put together and realize there is one last detail missing.
Kitchen backsplash often serves as a focal point in our kitchens, but it can also be a practical tool used to stop our walls from getting dirty. What type of backsplash should you choose? Hopefully this article will help steer you in the direction towards finding your perfect backsplash!
CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIAL
Every kitchen design is unique to each individual homeowner, but there are simple tips you can follow to make sure your space doesn't look too busy, too clinical, or in poor taste. It is also important to choose a timeless backsplash for re-selling purposes.
1. The standard height for a backsplash is 4 inches high. For most this height is too low, and the walls are still easily exposed. Backsplash is now being raised to the height of upper cabinetry. Some kitchens may even have the backsplash go all the way up to the ceiling for a more seamless feel.
2. Your countertops and your backsplash meet at the back wall, so making sure that they complement one another is an important task. If they clash this could throw off the entire design of your kitchen. An easy rule to follow is “you shouldn’t have a busy countertop with a busy backsplash. If you want one of these features to be a focal point, you should choose on or the other.”
3. When looking at backsplash you are going to pay around $8-$20 per square foot on average. If money is tight and your walls are adhesive-friendly, then you might want to consider a cheaper peel and stick tile that can be removed and replaced whenever you would like. If looking to spend a big chunk of money then venture towards glass, stainless steel, or stone.
4. Most kitchen designs will revolve around a focal point that catches your eye right when you walk in, so this leaves it up to you whether you want to make your backsplash the focal point. A great product to use for this is a mosaic tile. If you’ve already got one or two focal points, then it would be best to opt for a minimal backsplash that doesn’t draw the eye.
Subway tile is undoubtedly one of the most popular kitchen tiles around. The simplicity of the tile itself makes it great for kitchens that have a busier palette. These tiles can be laid in a brick-like fashion as well as vertical or diagonal. The most common color seen is white, however subway tiles come in a variety of other color ways as well.
If you’re not a fan of tile, a stone slab could be another great option for kitchen backsplash. A great way to incorporate a stone slab is to integrate it with your countertops. Many times, people who consider a stone countertop such as granite or quartz will extending the stone upwards once it meets the wall. Doing this can create a wonderful focal point in your kitchen as well.
One of the more common types of backsplashes, mosaic tiles come in a variety of materials including ceramic, clay, or porcelain. They are small tiles that are usually 2” by 2”. Mosaics can be a great way of incorporating a more complex focal point that catches the eye in what would be a simplified kitchen.
Glass can be an excellent option if you have a lot of steam, moisture, and splashes in your kitchen because it is 100% resistant to water. You can find a wide range of colors and the transparency of the product creates a dazzling shiny effect. A professional installer is a must for glass tiles however as they are translucent, and any grout misshapes will be easy to see.
Stainless steel is most seen in restaurant kitchens; however, they are starting to make their appearance in residential areas as well for several reasons. It may not be the classiest looking backsplash material, but it is incredibly durable and easy to clean. It will also hold up around hot pots and pans. This product can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and even embossed with an intricate design.
PEEL & STICK TILES
“Peel and Stick” tiles are generally a more cost-effective product than others, and most times you can install them yourself! They also give you the option to replace your backsplash easily whenever you get bored of the design and or color. Stop by a local hardware store and pick some up!