Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Backsplashes December 09, 2017 13:58:38
Once you ve decided on how much backsplash you want to feature in your kitchen it s time to think about style. Your choices in terms of materials colors and layout are just about infinite with a wide range of aesthetic quality and price options. Ceramic tile is a popular choice for kitchen backsplash designs because it s widely available and comes in an almost infinite variety of styles and colors. Perhaps most importantly ceramic tile can be cleaned fairly easily (the "splash" in backsplash is there for good reason). Within the range of ceramic tile choices you ll find simple high-gloss "subway tile" styles in every color of the rainbow all the way through to elaborate designs and patterns that can give your kitchen a tremendous amount of visual flair.
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.
Try mixing metallic tiles in different shades with various finishes such as brushed stainless steel oil-rubbed bronze or even an antique brass. By including small tiles of marble or granite you can pull in the countertop color without being boring with a panel of granite that extends up from the countertop says Barrie Spang interior designer at Lee Meier Interiors in Westlake Ohio. As for glass tiles check out some of the newer tiles with a bit of crackle or frosted finish Spang says.
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).
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.
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.