Decorating your kitchen is one of the first things to tackle when you move into a new house. You want your home’s central hangout spot to reflect your family’s personality and style. There are many options when adding personality to your kitchen. One of the most notable is the backsplash.
Choosing the right backsplash for your kitchen sets the foundation for your furnishing. If you have a specific style or color scheme in your kitchen, you’ll want a backsplash that coordinates with your fixtures. If your countertop is very busy, a simple color with minimal patterns is the wisest choice. If your working areas are well organized, a subtle pattern might give the room a nice variety. Here are some tips to consider when choosing a new backsplash for your kitchen.
The most common types of backsplash tiles are made with ceramic or glass. Both can create subtle and sophisticated looks and are good choices if you want a brighter, more casual feel.
Ceramic - Ceramic is an affordable option that is readily available at many home improvement stores. It is very durable and requires minimal upkeep which is great for busy kitchen. Ceramic can be finished with a glossy sheen, or a more textured, matte look. One popular type of ceramic tile is the “subway” tile, a rectangular white tile with a smooth, glossy finish. The tile was dubbed in the early 1900s when it was used by the New York City subway system. It has an urban look that fits well in a modern home. Ceramic tiles can also be painted or made to appear like stones. While easy to work with and very colorful, ceramic backsplashes do have to be refinished every year to avoid cracks and breakage. If you set aside time every year to maintain it, the material is an efficient one for day-to-day use.
Glass - Glass tiles aren’t quite as versatile as ceramic tiles, but they do create a lovely display. They can be clear, filled with pigment, or painted. Some glass tiles are also textured. These tiles catch the light and reflect it in a variety of ways, which add light and depth to the kitchen. Glass options for backsplashes are more expensive and not easily accessible. Most glass tiles require special tools in order to be cut and fit into place which makes the installation much more complex. However, these tiles do not require the same type of yearly upkeep as ceramic tiles. They’re easy to wipe clean and can add a light, airy feel to your kitchen.
Colors and Patterns
There is a wide variety of color options to consider for your kitchen backsplash. Think of tile colors like paint for walls. You can choose a neutral that goes with the rest of your home, or add a pop of color to give your kitchen extra character. You can also try alternating or grouping colored tiles to create a pattern. Many people piece different neutrals together like black, white, gray, or various shades of brown and tan, to create a visually interesting backsplash without too many loud colors. Complimentary colors or contrasting colors work great if you want a bolder design.
Painted tiles are also popular among homes with a south-western feel. Traditional Spanish backsplashes often incorporate floral designs in single bold colors against white tiles. From a distance, this compelling aesthetic gives your kitchen wall the look of painted china dishes.
When choosing where you want to place your tiles, look at the available space and consider the colors and patterns you want to highlight. If you want a very busy pattern or bright color scheme, you may want to limit your backsplash to one area of the kitchen, such as the focal point over the sink. If you have a very small kitchen with only one working area, your backsplash will be limited to that area. In this situation, you may need your backsplash to reach all the way up to the ceiling. This is a nice way to create an accent wall in your kitchen. If you are working with a kitchen that doesn’t have a natural stopping point, consider how you will transition between the backsplash and the wall. A small, shallow shelf to store spices can create a nice mid-wall break. A chair rail, or long, slim border of decorative tile, can produce a similar effect.
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