Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Backsplashes December 09, 2017 13:59:58
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.
When you ve determined the style you want and purchased the material it s time to install your new kitchen backsplash. One of the benefits of a small kitchen is that the surface area you ll need to cover with your backsplash is likely not that large—so a self-install may be possible particularly if you re handy and/or working with self-adhesive backsplash materials that don t require extensive cutting and configuring. If you re not thrilled by the idea of installing your own backsplash or if you lack home improvement chops a professional installation may be in order. It ll be more expensive than a self-install by a large margin but you ll be freeing up your time and giving yourself the knowledge that an expert is in charge of the installation.
There are almost infinite options when it comes to creating a cool kitchen backsplash (and of course every homeowner s definition of "cool" will be different). Many homeowners seeking a creative design will focus on the backsplash as an opportunity for artistic expression. If this approach appeals to you there are several ways to approach the design from a collection of found objects (examples include everything from bottle caps to old gift cards—basically anything durable that can stick to the wall and wipe clean easily) to a mural of tiles depicting anything from a street scene to a classic video game level to a renaissance-style painting.
This is another fun option that I just tried in my own kitchen: a basket backsplash. My love of baskets meant that I had quite a few extra ones lying around from all my flea market/thrift store shopping. So I decided to choose a fun mix of sizes and styles and simply nail them to the backsplash area of my kitchen wall. (I made sure to leave easy access to outlets/light switches.) If I ever want to switch things up or take it down altogether these are also easy to remove.
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.
When you ve chosen the materials for your kitchen backsplash you ll want to consider the style that s best for your kitchen. You can almost always use the backsplash as an opportunity to add color and visual diversity to your kitchen—although particularly expressive designs tend to be best in a kitchen that otherwise features an understated minimalist look. Conversely if your kitchen design features intricate cabinets or elaborate countertops you may want a more relaxed feel for your backsplash so as not to create visual overload.