Helaine Mallory Kitchen Backsplashes December 07, 2017 10:16:19
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 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.
Wood is another fairly inexpensive option for your backsplash. This really brings in a warm rustic feel to your kitchen. This option would work best in a space that doesn t already have wood or laminate floors but you could really get creative with the type of wood as well as the placement of the wood (vertical horizontal or even a zigzag placement).
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.
If assembling a backsplash from uniquely repurposed common materials doesn t fit your plans but you still want to create a fun and funky backsplash design in your kitchen you may want to consider a backsplash of lacquered paper. Using heavy duty scrapbook paper featuring interesting designs and bold colors can give you an efficient attractive and unique backsplash at a fraction of the cost for one constructed from tile metal or stone. If this approach is appealing all you ll need to do is procure some heavy duty paper then glue or paste it to the wall. Once it s up coat it with a finish that will allow you to easily wipe it clean without damaging the paper.
A small kitchen can provide a number of unique design challenges in terms of decorating and optimizing spaces but there are also several benefits of a smaller space including efficiency of design and the lower cost involved in refurbishing less square footage.