Francoise Joi Kitchen Backsplashes December 07, 2017 10:16:04
Creative backsplashes don t have to be made from found items though—they can be much simpler but just as colorful and visually appealing. Many homeowners looking to add a uniquely creative design to their kitchen have begun to feature "paper" backsplashes. Featuring interesting designs and bold colors on materials like heavy duty scrapbook paper old newspaper pages or even magazine image collages these backsplashes provide plenty of visual punch at a fraction of the cost of ones constructed from tile metal or stone. If you find this approach appealing all you ll need to do is procure the paper glue or paste it to the wall then coat it with a finish that will protect the paper and allow you to easily wipe it clean.
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.
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 determined the style you want and purchased the material it s time to install your new kitchen backsplash. One of the benefits of a small kitchen is that the surface area you ll need to cover with your backsplash is likely not that large—so a self-install may be possible particularly if you re handy and/or working with self-adhesive backsplash materials that don t require extensive cutting and configuring. If you re not thrilled by the idea of installing your own backsplash or if you lack home improvement chops a professional installation may be in order. It ll be more expensive than a self-install by a large margin but you ll be freeing up your time and giving yourself the knowledge that an expert is in charge of the installation.
Once you ve settled on the scope of your backsplash project it s time to think about materials. Budget will definitely be a consideration if you re looking to keep this project fairly economical—and luckily there are many options for backsplash materials that are priced to move. Ceramic tile one of the most popular options is also one of the cheapest. It s so widely available and comes in so many different styles colors and textures that you ll likely have no trouble finding the option that s right for your kitchen design and budget. Additionally ceramic tile is available in several pricing tiers each of which corresponds to an ascending level of quality. Glass tile can also be an option for an inexpensive backsplash. Similarly to ceramic tile it s available in a vast array of colors styles and textures and it can also be found in various pricing tiers. At the higher end of the backsplash tile pricing spectrum are natural materials like granite or travertine. These are significantly more expensive than ceramic or glass in general so if you re attempting to stay on budget it may be challenging to find these within your price range.
When you ve decided on the style for your cool kitchen backsplash it s time to figure out how much material you ll need. You can do this by measuring the surface area you want to cover—likely anywhere from a small portion to the entirety of the walls between your kitchen s countertops and cabinets—and then sourcing the square footage of material needed to cover that surface area. For almost any type of tile wood or metal backsplash your local home improvement store or tile specialty store should offer a wide range of options.