Helaine Mallory Kitchen Backsplashes December 10, 2017 07:43:35
Your first decision when thinking about a kitchen backsplash will be related to scope: How much surface area do you need to cover with a backsplash? For smaller kitchens a minimalist backsplash just a few tiles high can be enough whereas a more extensive design might overwhelm the space. In larger kitchens that feature a grander design countertop-to-ceiling backsplashes can add drama and elegance as well as optimize the use of available space or build on a design theme.
When you ve got the scope figured out it s time to source materials for your small kitchen backsplash. Your local home improvement or tile specialty store is your friend here and you can also browse countless backsplash material options online. You ll need to decide on the right style for the material as well—most backsplash materials are available in a wide range of colors textures and patterns. For a small kitchen design consider a backsplash that adds personality color and visual interest without overwhelming the small space or making it feel exceedingly cramped.
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.
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.
When you ve decided on the scope of your unique backsplash project it s time to get creative and start thinking about materials. While it s certainly possible to create a unique and eye-catching backsplash design with traditional materials like ceramic tile or stone in styles like mosaic or subway you may want to explore more out-of-the-box styles for your kitchen. For example many homeowners have begun repurposing common materials for their backsplashes—things like bottle caps coasters used gift cards and even pennies can be used to create a truly unique and visually stunning backsplash in your kitchen. Obviously any backsplash that you assemble on your own from these types of found materials will require a significant investment of DIY time as well as some know-how when it comes to the required materials. But if you re contemplating an eye-catching design that incorporates an array of items like these you can also find great resources online with step-by-step instructions on how to create the unique backsplash in your imagination.
For a very simple super economical backsplash option try using a contrasting paint color. For the most impact choose a color that will really pop against the palette of the rest of the kitchen. To add an extra element of interest consider a different paint finish (if you used an eggshell paint on the walls of your kitchen consider a glossy finish for the backsplash). This will also really help your backsplash pop.