Huette Monin Kitchen Backsplashes December 08, 2017 09:55:55
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.
Before you decide on a theme or materials for your unique kitchen backsplash you ll want to define the scope of your project. Measuring the surface area of the walls above your kitchen countertops to determine the square footage is a good place to start but keep in mind that you don t always have to cover the entire wall with the backsplash. Many homeowners choose to cover only the portion that will actually get "splashed" during cooking or cleaning covering anywhere from 25% to 75% of the wall s surface area.
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.
Match colors mix materials. Having a tough time deciding among tiles? Live with them for a while. Tape color and tile samples to the walls to see what they look like throughout the day as natural light changes suggests Stephen Kahn president of Anchor Bay Tile in Phoenix Ariz. Choose one main color and a couple of accent colors to use throughout the kitchen including the backsplash.
Copper backsplashes have become more common in recent years offering a long-lasting visually appealing choice for anyone looking to install or update a kitchen backsplash. These have the added benefit of evolving over time—as the copper is exposed to air and moisture its color will deepen and change often lending a beautiful worn and weathered look to the backsplash.
When you ve chosen the materials for your kitchen backsplash you ll want to consider the style that s best for your kitchen. You can almost always use the backsplash as an opportunity to add color and visual diversity to your kitchen—although particularly expressive designs tend to be best in a kitchen that otherwise features an understated minimalist look. Conversely if your kitchen design features intricate cabinets or elaborate countertops you may want a more relaxed feel for your backsplash so as not to create visual overload.