Helaine Mallory Kitchen Backsplashes December 10, 2017 07:45:03
Whether you re installing a new kitchen backsplash or updating an old one you ll want to explore the options for backsplashes for kitchens with an eye on durability attractiveness and compatibility with your kitchen design.
If you ve decided a new or updated backsplash is just what your small kitchen needs your first step will be to identify the materials you ll use for your backsplash. You ll have myriad choices from traditional backsplash materials like ceramic tile and glass to more high-end materials like stainless steel and granite. Your material choice will likely have everything to do with two factors: the style you re shooting for via your kitchen design and your budget. For anyone attempting to install even a small kitchen backsplash while maintaining a budget high-end materials may be cost-prohibitive. On the other hand if the design style you re trying to implement absolutely needs a granite backsplash despite a limited budget there are plenty of synthetic materials you can consider that will approximate the look of just about any natural stone or other material.
With all of the wallpaper options these days (regular temporary handpainted vinyl) you really can get creative if you want to go for this look. For a more bold look have fun and choose a bright patterned wallpaper. Or if you want to go with a more subdued approach try a simple striped or polka dot paper.
When you ve decided on the scope and materials for your backsplash it s time to think about the style. If your kitchen is a hyper-modern affair boasting stainless steel appliances and angular monochrome cabinets you ll have an opportunity to add some color patterning and visual excitement to what might otherwise be a minimalist design via your backsplash. Alternatively you may choose to stick with the sleek modern feel with simple white subway tile or large slate-like granite pieces. On the other hand if your kitchen has more of a traditional or country feel with lots of detailed wood cabinetry and a cozy design you may want to consider tile that reflects the overall aesthetic and incorporates whimsical designs or traditional colors and patterns.
Once you ve settled on the scope of your creative backsplash project you re free to start brainstorming ideas for the materials and theme of the backsplash. It s definitely possible to install a creative backsplash using common materials like ceramic tile or stone in traditional styles like mosaic or subway but if you re looking to flex your creative muscles you ll likely want to explore more non-traditional materials. Reclaimed and repurposed materials—from punched tin ceiling tiles to things like bottle caps coasters used gift cards and even pennies—can make for an impressively creative and visually appealing backsplash in your kitchen. Most creative backsplash ideas that incorporate found materials like these will require some DIY investment from you in terms of time (to research and find the right materials) and budget (to purchase the materials unless they re already in abundant supply). But what you spend in terms of sweat equity and research time you ll more than make up for in cost savings by not having to hire a contractor or pay high prices for more traditional materials.
When you ve settled on the scope materials and style for your inexpensive backsplash design it s time to get to work. The only question remaining is who s actually going to do the work in question. A DIY backsplash installation will save you a significant amount of money versus hiring a contractor to install your backsplash design. Depending on the complexity of the design the surface area that needs to be covered and your general handiness you may be able to install the backsplash yourself without too much trouble. Conversely if you don t have the requisite time or expertise to install the backsplash you may need to hire a contractor which will likely impact your bottom line and other considerations like scope and materials.