Helaine Mallory Kitchen Backsplashes December 11, 2017 15:24:13
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."