Choosing the Ideal Backsplash for your Kitchen

choosing a backsplash

Choosing finishes for your kitchen can be a challenge. Whether you are trying to find the perfect color, style, or design the little details are often the hardest to find. Choosing the ideal backsplash often fits into this category. From tile to mosaics to marble and solid surfacing, there is a world of backsplashes out there, how to choose? Use these helpful tips when choosing the ideal backsplash for your kitchen.

choosing a backsplash

Helpful tips for choosing the perfect backsplash

What is your kitchen design style?

Metal backsplashes that use tin or metal ‘looking’ mosaics can add sparkle and a modern appeal. If you enjoy bold colors, opt for sharp contrasting color to the cabinetry or to the countertops. For bold appeal consider using materials that add reflectance or visual interest. If you prefer a subtle aesthetic, choose ceramic tile that blend with surrounding floor tiles or even countertops. Backsplashes can take up an entire wall or just extend from the top of the counter to the underside of the upper cabinets. You choose what design style fits your kitchen best.

backsplash wall tile

Extend your backsplash tile to the ceiling for added texture and color

backsplash combination tiles

Choose a combination of mosaic and subway tile to achieve this look

Add color and texture with a backsplash:

Whether you choose to have a artisan hand paint mosaic tiles or you choose factory-made tiles, the options are limitless to ass color and texture. Backsplashes especially over the stove can be an opportunity to add visual appeal and a striking appearance. Consider using artisan mosaic tiles that are hand painted or one of a kind repurposed tile from other home projects you have left over. The area above the stove is perfect of bringing a subtle backsplash into a showpiece.

backsplash custom marble

Bring custom marble tile into your backsplash

Bring a natural appeal into your kitchen:

Bring natural appeal into your kitchen with marble, stone, natural tiles and other materials that exude natural appeal. Even bricks, or flagstone for backsplash materials can bring natural appeal into your kitchen. Remember if using natural products that they are porous, so food splatters, and oils can stain natural products. Also consider visiting your local home improvement store or kitchen showroom to see various examples of styles and materials to use.

backsplash hand painted

Hand painted artisan tile backsplash

With these helpful tips for choosing the right kitchen backsplash, life just got a little easier.  The colors, aesthetics, and natural appeal will add an emphasis to your kitchen that will help in decor as well. Choose a backsplash that compliments your cabinetry, counters, flooring and appliances. The more you are able to pull out subtle coloring and styling from your surrounding details, the better your backsplash will highlight your beautiful kitchen.

Photos sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Published by in Kitchen, on February 19th, 2013


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