5 Considerations for a Stunning Backsplash
A surefire way to add interest and visual impact to a kitchen is through the backsplash. Installed around the perimeter of the room behind the sink, range or cooktop and under cabinetry, the backsplash can become the focal point of a kitchen, or provide quiet counterpoint to other features of the space. It’s an important design decision and there are many options to consider. Discussed briefly below are a few. Material choice, color, pattern, texture and tile size are all elements that can be used to create a variety of looks to compliment or accent other features in the kitchen. With some creativity, the options are endless!
1. Material -
There are numerous material options to choose from, below are just a few:
Metal (copper or stainless steel)
For most, tile is a popular and classic choice with some additional things to consider:
Color is probably one of the first decisions to tackle- should it remain neutral or provide a pop of color? The decision will come down to the other elements and materials used in the kitchen and how the tile will pair with these. Perhaps an all-white kitchen would benefit from a colorful backsplash, whereas stained wood cabinetry and dark countertops may require a lighter, more neutral tile.
3. Tile Size/Shape-
Another important aspect for consideration is the shape and size of the tiles. Backsplash tile is available in a vast assortment: rectangles, squares, hexagons, arabesque, scalloped...there are simple options as well as more elaborate and unique ones. Tile size should be carefully considered. As an example, the classic subway tile comes in 3 x 6, but there are also variations to this with tiles available in 2 x 4 or 4 x 8. If you like the look of grout, a smaller mosaic tile may be an interesting option for this, while using penny rounds can provide a different look and feel from the typical square or rectangular tile. Taste and budget may ultimately dictate your choice.
Another feature to consider is the texture and finish. Will your backsplash be smooth or have a rougher feel to it? Tile manufacturers today offer a wide range of options, from glossy, to honed, to linen textured or sandblasted finishes. Mixed finishes can successfully add interest to your kitchen.
5. Tile Layout-
Following a decision on color and finish, (what might be a time consuming process), tile layout will be another deliberative choice, which may be determined by the tile selected. The classic subway tile is highly versatile and can be installed in a wide range of patterns from stacked, traditional subway pattern, running bond, basket weave, herringbone, or even vertically for a contemporary look. The typical spacers between tiles are 1/8 inch or 3/16 inch, with some preferring the look of grout which can also be used as an additional decorative accent.
See our slideshow below to explore a few of the countless backsplash ideas ranging from traditional to millennial.
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