Francoise Joi Kitchen Backsplashes December 10, 2017 07:43:41
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 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.
Try mixing metallic tiles in different shades with various finishes such as brushed stainless steel oil-rubbed bronze or even an antique brass. By including small tiles of marble or granite you can pull in the countertop color without being boring with a panel of granite that extends up from the countertop says Barrie Spang interior designer at Lee Meier Interiors in Westlake Ohio. As for glass tiles check out some of the newer tiles with a bit of crackle or frosted finish Spang says.
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.
When it comes to cool backsplash ideas the first step is to consider whether you want your backsplash design to match your overall kitchen design or offer a style departure of sorts. If you re considering a unique design there may be elements of the backsplash that connect to the overall kitchen design—for example colors and textures that can be found elsewhere in the space—but it s likely that the overall style will be a singular expression of style within the kitchen.
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.