Francoise Joi Kitchen Backsplashes December 10, 2017 07:44:58
Ask about wear and tear. How easily can you clean the tile and what is the best way to seal it? Ceramic tile doesn t need this extra step but natural tile does if you want to maintain its appearance. "If the tile is stainless steel find out if abrasives will scratch it and I would suggest getting a grout additive and sealing the grout itself so it stays fresh and clean for longer " Van Deusen says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you re installing a new kitchen backsplash or updating an old one you ll want to explore the options for backsplashes for kitchens with an eye on durability attractiveness and compatibility with your kitchen design.