Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Backsplashes December 10, 2017 07:44:50
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.
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 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.
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.
Before deciding on a style or materials for a creative kitchen backsplash you ll want to define the size—both physical and economic—of your project. Measuring the surface area of the walls above your kitchen countertops to determine the square footage you want to cover is a good place to start but keep in mind that you don t always have to cover the entire kitchen wall with the backsplash (in fact that design might be too overwhelming especially if your intent is only to get creative and feature an eye-catching backsplash). When it comes to surface area many homeowners choose to cover only the portion that will actually get "splashed" during cooking or daily kitchen activities—depending on your kitchen s layout that may be the whole wall half of it or only a small portion.
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.