Helaine Mallory Kitchen Backsplashes December 10, 2017 07:45:03
Your first step toward installing an inexpensive backsplash is to define exactly how much backsplash your kitchen needs. First you ll need to decide if you want the backsplash to cover the entire wall area above your countertops or simply a portion thereof. Obviously the more extensive your backsplash design the more expensive it will be. So if it s your intent to create an inexpensive backsplash you may want to consider covering only a portion of the walls above your countertops. Many homeowners implement a design that covers 25% to 75% of the wall above the countertops. If you re trying to minimize the effect on your budget you should choose the minimal level of coverage that will still provide adequate protection for the walls based on how much cooking you do and how close the wall is to the most active cooking area.
There are almost infinite options when it comes to creating a cool kitchen backsplash (and of course every homeowner s definition of "cool" will be different). Many homeowners seeking a creative design will focus on the backsplash as an opportunity for artistic expression. If this approach appeals to you there are several ways to approach the design from a collection of found objects (examples include everything from bottle caps to old gift cards—basically anything durable that can stick to the wall and wipe clean easily) to a mural of tiles depicting anything from a street scene to a classic video game level to a renaissance-style painting.
Once you ve decided on how much backsplash you want to feature in your kitchen it s time to think about style. Your choices in terms of materials colors and layout are just about infinite with a wide range of aesthetic quality and price options. Ceramic tile is a popular choice for kitchen backsplash designs because it s widely available and comes in an almost infinite variety of styles and colors. Perhaps most importantly ceramic tile can be cleaned fairly easily (the "splash" in backsplash is there for good reason). Within the range of ceramic tile choices you ll find simple high-gloss "subway tile" styles in every color of the rainbow all the way through to elaborate designs and patterns that can give your kitchen a tremendous amount of visual flair.
If you re a wine lover through and through why not try a backsplash made entirely of wine corks? If you happen to have a wine refrigerator or cabinet you could try this backsplash in the area you store your wine. It s a fun way to document and keep track of all of your wine adventures by saving and using your corks.
If your budget breaks through the ceramic tile ceiling you may want to consider granite tile or other natural materials. Popular for kitchen countertops and floors granite travertine or even marble tile are often employed in backsplash design providing an elegant and durable option and a high-end look. All of the kinds of natural stone tiles are available in a range of colors and textures from slate-like matte finishes to rougher pebbled designs. Color choices are nearly inexhaustible as well and many granite retailers can find or even dye their products based on your needs if you don t see the shade you re looking for on site.
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.