Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Backsplashes December 11, 2017 15:24:20
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 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.
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."
Once you ve decided on the material you ll use for your small kitchen backsplash it s time to determine how much of it you ll need. To do so simply measure the surface area you re looking to cover. This can be anything from the entire wall space between the countertops and cabinets a smaller portion thereof or for a truly grand design the entire wall space between your countertops and ceiling.
One of the first decisions related to your kitchen backsplash design will be scope—just how much backsplash do you need? For some kitchens especially smaller ones a few tiles extending up from the countertops and ringing the room can be plenty; anything more extensive might run the risk of overwhelming the space. For larger kitchens countertop-to-ceiling backsplashes aren t entirely uncommon as grander executions like this can optimize the use of available space and create a dramatic effect or build on an existing theme.
If you ve decided a new or updated backsplash is just what your small kitchen needs your first step will be to identify the materials you ll use for your backsplash. You ll have myriad choices from traditional backsplash materials like ceramic tile and glass to more high-end materials like stainless steel and granite. Your material choice will likely have everything to do with two factors: the style you re shooting for via your kitchen design and your budget. For anyone attempting to install even a small kitchen backsplash while maintaining a budget high-end materials may be cost-prohibitive. On the other hand if the design style you re trying to implement absolutely needs a granite backsplash despite a limited budget there are plenty of synthetic materials you can consider that will approximate the look of just about any natural stone or other material.