Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Backsplashes December 07, 2017 10:30:49
If you ve decided a new or updated backsplash is just what your small kitchen needs your first step will be to identify the materials you ll use for your backsplash. You ll have myriad choices from traditional backsplash materials like ceramic tile and glass to more high-end materials like stainless steel and granite. Your material choice will likely have everything to do with two factors: the style you re shooting for via your kitchen design and your budget. For anyone attempting to install even a small kitchen backsplash while maintaining a budget high-end materials may be cost-prohibitive. On the other hand if the design style you re trying to implement absolutely needs a granite backsplash despite a limited budget there are plenty of synthetic materials you can consider that will approximate the look of just about any natural stone or other material.
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 scope and materials for your backsplash it s time to think about the style. If your kitchen is a hyper-modern affair boasting stainless steel appliances and angular monochrome cabinets you ll have an opportunity to add some color patterning and visual excitement to what might otherwise be a minimalist design via your backsplash. Alternatively you may choose to stick with the sleek modern feel with simple white subway tile or large slate-like granite pieces. On the other hand if your kitchen has more of a traditional or country feel with lots of detailed wood cabinetry and a cozy design you may want to consider tile that reflects the overall aesthetic and incorporates whimsical designs or traditional colors and patterns.
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.
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.
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.