Your kitchen’s backsplash is more about just function – in fact, it defines your style preferences and personality. No matter what your style is, there is a backsplash that will fit you and trust us, your options are not limited. The tiles that you decide on to go between your countertop and wall can bring your entire kitchen theme together whether you want a modern look, country farmhouse look, or any other look that suits you.
Backsplash in the kitchen is your opportunity to get funky, crazy, and creative all at the same time without any worry about going overboard. Since there are so many different designs, styles, and colors to choose from, it should come as no surprise that shopping for backsplash also means that you will feel overwhelmed at some point in time. It happens.
Below, we will go over some important points to consider as you look for the perfect backsplash for your kitchen and we hope these points will help you quite a bit.
Choosing Your Backsplash Colors
Before you jump in and choose the first color of backsplash tile you like, take some time to see what you really like. Or, if you are having trouble deciding, take extra time. One way to help you determine if you will like a color is to tape some samples of the color to the wall and then wait a few days and see if you still like it. Do this with the different options you are considering to see if something really sits and resonates well with you.
One way to narrow down your options is to choose a main color you plan to use throughout the kitchen and then some accent colors you want to pair with it. For example, maybe you want to go with white and have your accent colors be dark brown and a powder blue color.
Your countertops will lead your decision when it comes to your backsplash as it is easier to match backsplash to your counter than the other way around. You should keep your fixtures, lighting, and hardware in mind as well.
In fact, taking a picture of your kitchen space with you as you shop can help remind you of what your kitchen looks like and what you need to match the backsplash to. If all else fails, they do have metal options such as stainless steel or brass that has been finished to be shiny or glossy.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Stove Area
One of the biggest areas for backsplash is the stove area and there is a lot of square footage that is covered in backsplash here. This is where you want to showcase your creativity and uniqueness, if you plan to do so. Should you choose to go a bit wild here, you should keep the other areas where you use backsplash, such as the sink, a more modern or muted combination of colors. This way, you do not detract from the big main piece.
You can have a lot of fun with the space above and around the stove, as there is a lot to work with. For example, you can choose staggered brick patterns, subway tiles, or even create a look that you love on your own. You can even play with the actual sizes of the tiles and go small, medium, or even oversized with your options.
Fortunately, you aren’t taking too much of a risk, even if you end up not liking the bold style you once loved, as backsplash can easily be taken down and replaced without any serious renovation work needed.
Backsplash on a Budget
If you are working within a budget constraint, you are not out of luck. Fortunately, backsplash is extremely affordable and there is definitely something available that you are sure to love.
One of the biggest tips for those who do have a budget is to stay away from trendy backsplash option and steer more towards classic options such as white subway tiles, as these are going to cost you significantly less than what is currently hot on the market. If you are dead set on something trendy, you can always play up the space with a traditional white tile and then have a small designed area with the trendy backsplash right in the middle. This way, you get the best of both worlds – trendy and affordable.
With that said, you do not want to skimp on the grout needed for the backsplash either. This is how the tiles stick to the wall and dictates how well they hold up and perform over time. Skimping can end up costing you more money in the long run as you will need to replace the backsplash much sooner than anticipated.
As you shop within your budget, think about what it is that you are willing to compromise on. For example, can you compromise on color? Size? Shape? Figure out what works for you.
Avoid These Backsplash Mistakes
Shopping for backsplash can be fun and you may start to feel excited as you get closer to finding the perfect tile for your kitchen. It is important to make sure that you avoid these mistakes below.
Don’t forget the trim. Did you know that some backsplash needs trim? If you choose a beveled tile backsplash, you will definitely need to have rounded corner trim pieces. This means that you do not want to forget them and you want to include them in your budget as well. You should coordinate these pieces with the backsplash you choose for a symmetrical and beautiful look all the way around.
Field tiles should be thicker than decorative tiles. Don’t make the mistake of not choosing thick enough field tiles. Doing so will mean that you will have to spend more money building up your wall so that the tiles are even with the decorative pieces.
Make sure the tile is in stock. One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners can make is assuming that the tiles they want are in stock and plan the project before acquiring the product. Always make sure that you check to see if the backsplash you want is in stock. If it is not, you may need to find an alternative backsplash or you may need to wait several weeks until it is delivered to you.
Don’t skip over durability. Forgetting to ask about the durability of your backsplash tile can be a huge downfall, especially if your backsplash will see a lot of use, moisture, or grease. You want to know if your backsplash will need to be sealed as well. Ceramic options do not, but some do. Also, tiles such as stainless steel can scratch from using abrasive materials or cleaners on them. It is best to know just how to care for them and how durable they are.
Consider an eco-friendly backsplash option. There are several different eco-friendly backsplash options available to homeowners and those who are looking for a green option may find them appealing. For instance, cork tiles are excellent for the wall and can be used as backsplash. Same goes for bamboo. These tiles are sealed to lock out any possible damage that could occur to them. Naturally, cork offers some soundproofing and is not prone to mold or mildew, which is great since your stove and sink area is prone to moisture. Another option is recycled glass tiles and these are extremely stain resistant and durable.
Choose Your Backsplash Today
Choosing your backsplash can be a bit difficult, especially if you do not know what to look for. It is important to think about what your wants and needs are and then shop for the backsplash. You will likely make it more difficult on yourself if you shop for backsplash first as it is much easier to match backsplash to other things than other things to your backsplash.