Looking for a way to update your kitchen without committing to a full renovation? Add a kitchen backsplash! There are so many fun and exciting backsplash styles out there, allowing you to really add a fun flair without breaking the bank.
How to Choose the Backsplash That’s Right for You
Choosing the right backsplash for your kitchen involves a few decisions. You need to decide what types of tiles you want. Then, you’ll need to find a design that fits your needs while also creating the perfect look for you. Here are some tips that will help.
Choose your tile
Tile options are amazing these days! You can now choose from ceramic, glass, porcelain, metal, marble or granite to create a fun and unique look. All work great for a kitchen backsplash, depending on what you are looking to spend. Ceramic and porcelain are more affordable, while more unusual materials like copper or glass might come at a premium. Decide what you want the look to be and how much you’re willing to spend. What’s nice is that there are some ceramic and porcelain tiles that look like metal, so shop around or engage a professional design service to help.
Pick your tile design
Aside from choosing tiles in different colors and patterns, consider how those tiles will be positioned. There are essentially three types of tile designs that most people choose from:
- Diagonal tiles
- Laser cut tiles
- Subway tiles
Diagonal tiles offer a very unique look. Since it’s a more complex design, you’ll likely need more tiles to achieve the look, which will increase the cost a bit. Laser cut tiles are usually designed for more intricate patterns, but the outcome can be quite unique and stunning. Again, these are more expensive because of the number of tiles and installation needed to get the pattern right. Subway tiles are all the rage right now, giving the kitchen a clean, simple and sleek look. While these three are the most common types of designs, you most certainly can choose from a variety of patterns like mosaic or herringbone or find gorgeous hand painted tiles. You’re only limited by creativity!
Colors: mix or match
Backsplashes are a great way to breathe new life into existing kitchen colors or bring out new colors. If you have an existing countertop with, for example, greys and creams, maybe you want to add a fun new color like reds or blues. Or, you may want to highlight the grey for more warmth or bring out more creams to keep the look soft and neutral. There are so many ways a backsplash can make a countertop practically look brand new!
Choose your backsplash height
Choosing the height of your kitchen backsplashes is strictly a matter of taste and budget. Most homeowners opt for the counter to cabinet height but if you really want to add a stunning visual, you can go for a full height backsplash. This will create a substantial eye-catching focus to your kitchen so if you’re at all unsure, reach out to a kitchen design professional to help.
Professional installation vs. DIY
There are many qualified professionals that know how to install backsplashes. Once you know the materials and design you’re looking for, discuss your vision with a professional to ensure they know how to meet your expectations. Thinking about installing the backsplash yourself? Here are a few tips:
- Finalize your layout (subway, herringbone, etc.) and then measure the space overall. Measure twice! You know the old saying: “Measure twice, cut once”. You want to make sure you have more than enough material to get the job done.
- Don’t forget to take into consideration the height of the backsplash when measuring and ordering tiles.
- Invest in a good tile saw. Yes, you’ll have to do some cutting for those unusual corners and end pieces.
- Watch a few “how to install” videos to get a feel for the process and check out a few “how to” articles from Lowes, Home Depot, and Family Handyman. They’ll really help!
When you’re ready to change up the look of your kitchen, you can really add style by adding a kitchen backsplash. You’ll be thrilled with the results for the fraction of the cost of a new kitchen.