Helaine Mallory Kitchen Backsplashes December 10, 2017 07:43:35
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.
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.
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.
When you ve decided on the style of the stove backsplash and sourced the materials needed it s time to turn your attention to installation. You ve got two options here: the DIY route or professional installation. Depending on the complexity of the job and the difficulty of working with your chosen backsplash material (some tile materials are easier to configure cut and secure to the wall than others for example) as well as your own level of DIY expertise you may choose to hire a contractor to install your backsplash or if you re confident in your abilities save some money by installing it yourself.
If you need to cover lots of area like an entire wall you can add interest without emptying your bank account by opting for practical metal panels. Stainless steel sheets come in a variety of finishes Spang says. "They are very practical durability-wise but they are a little more challenging to keep clean."
If artistic expression doesn t line up with your idea of a cool backsplash you may want to consider some non-traditional materials or even traditional ones in unique textures and colors. For example stainless steel copper and tin backsplashes can be found in colors and patterns that can lend a truly stunning visual aspect to any kitchen design. Granite or even ceramic tile can be scored manipulated and colored to your exact specifications via tile specialty retailers. And some homeowners even opt for wood backsplashes which can of course be stained and painted to reflect exactly the right amount of cool to suit your style.