If you consider the kitchen cabinets, countertops and flooring to be the “outfit”, then the kitchen backsplash would be the jewellery. A beautiful backsplash can really set a kitchen apart by injecting an element of glitz and glamour. However, with all the backsplash styles and materials to choose from the choice can be difficult. The following are the elements to consider when making a decision on the perfect backsplash material and style.
1. Create a Mood Board
A mood board is a collection of photos and swatches that represent the style of a particular room. When shopping for the right backsplash tile for your kitchen, consider creating a mood board of the existing materials – cabinets, flooring, countertops – or a mood board detailing how you would like your kitchen to look. This will ensure that you don’t get carried away with tile samples and can keep your search more streamlined.
2. Determine Your Budget
The cost of tile, and installation, can vary depending on the type of tile you choose and the size of the surface to be covered. A great way to keep the costs down is to use an inexpensive tile, like classic, white Subway tile, for the majority of the installation and accent it with a more expensive mosaic tile to add interest. It also adds the possibility of a pop of color in the space. Cost-effective tiles in a 12×12 size can also be used as a backsplash.
Now if the budget isn’t huge deal, you can consider installing a luxurious wall of tile from countertop to ceiling. Tiles in marble, limestone, tumbled stone are a more expensive option, as well as, large slabs of natural stone.
3. Think Outside the Box
There are a lot of great alternatives available to a traditional, tile backsplash. If you are interested in incorporating something that is unexpected you may consider materials like reclaimed wood planks, wallpaper, embossed concrete, as well as a variety of metal tiles in copper, stainless steel and bronze. Budget friendly alternatives include creating a chalkboard wall or installing large, decorative tin backsplash tiles.