One of the easiest ways to spruce up your kitchen is by adding a backsplash behind the sink and countertop.
The kitchen is the central location for families to gather. Set the mood by updating your old design by adding a beautiful new backsplash. With the wide variety of styles and materials available, the task of choosing the perfect one for your kitchen may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.
Take the following tips into consideration when making your decision:
Determine Your Budget
Nobody likes surprise expenses. Figure out the allowance you have for your kitchen design and break it down into categories, such as: cabinetry, flooring, backsplash, countertops, sink and appliances.
Once you know how much you can afford, you will have a better perspective of the cost of the overall project and can move on to the next step.
Determine Your Style
Are you drawn to modern, contemporary, rustic or traditional styles?
Figure out what suits your personality and the overall ambiance you want to convey in the kitchen. Make sure it flows with the general style of the house as a whole.
Choose The Right Material
You first need to determine the amount of space that needs to be covered. Will the backsplash be in limited areas, such as behind the sink and counters or will it be placed all the way to the ceiling?
Consider the different backsplash materials available, such as porcelain, marble, granite, glass, brick or metallic finished tile.
Martha Stewart points out that using a magnetized material will free up space on the counters without the use of shelves.
Find out the maintenance required on each material and if the upkeep is easy to maintain. Some tiles never need sealing and others need it once every year or two. Also determine how to best clean the tile and grout before you make your final decision.
Coordinate And Combine
An article on HGTV suggests matching the color scheme of your kitchen, while combining a variety of materials and textures. Doing so will give a feel of continuity without looking flat and dull.
For example, combining stainless steel countertops with a brick backsplash gives a clean, yet more rustic feel, while marble counters paired with tile with mirrored accents can appear rich and elegant.
Keep in mind the theme of the kitchen and how it relates to the design of the rest of the house.
If you have a large area above the stove or sink, draw attention to your backsplash by laying the tiles in a pattern.
An article on This Old House recommends using a pattern around the cooking area to create a focal point.
Elaborate designs or sporadically placed random tiles can look stunning when done correctly, and make the room appear larger. For more information on remodeling small kitchens, click here.
Certain tiles resemble wallpaper when applied to the wall.
To give your kitchen a bright and clean feel, white or very light tiles will do the trick. The kitchen will also appear larger when using white or lighter shades of tile.
Many different looks can be created by choosing the same tile in various, coordinating shades. Pick two or three tiles in complementary shades to create a nice pop of color in the room.
Make Kitchen Look Larger
One of the current trends in kitchen remodeling is to take the backsplash around the entire perimeter of the kitchen. This method gives a sophisticated and bold statement, while making the room space feel much more expansive.
By taking the above points into consideration, you will be well on your way to picking the backsplash that best suits your lifestyle and design.
Seeking the advice of a professional will ensure you will be satisfied and well informed on your decision of style, color and material.
Professional installation will give you peace of mind that the job is done correctly, and will eliminate the stress of doing it yourself.
Contact us today to get started creating the kitchen of your dreams.
Robin’s award winning designs have been recognized by several National and Regional design contests.
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