Huette Monin Kitchen Backsplashes December 09, 2017 13:59:56
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.
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.
If you re looking for a more high-end design than ceramic tile can provide you may want to consider granite tile. Popular for kitchen countertops and floors granite tile is also often employed in backsplash design providing an elegant and durable option for those in search of a long-lasting top-of-the-line look. As with ceramic tile granite backsplash tile will be available in a wide range of colors and textures from slate-like matte finishes to rough-hewn pebbled styles. Colors choices abound as well and many granite retailers can source or even dye their products to your specifications if you don t see the hue you re looking for in the showroom.
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.
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 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.