Are you considering installing a new backsplash in your kitchen? If so, be sure to take your time and consider the options available to you, and choose something which is a legitimate reflection of your own taste and style. It might also provide you with an opportunity to be really creative, and you can install something which is completely different from anything else you have in your kitchen. Even though your backsplash might be the last area of your kitchen remodeling project that gets considered, you should still give it some careful thought before deciding on what you want.
Here are some things you should keep in mind when considering the options available to you.
Backsplash Tile Colors and Materials
There’s no question it can be difficult to decide on what kind of tiles you want to install for your backsplash, but there’s a way you can narrow down your choices. Try taping some samples of those tiles on the wall above your oven range, so you can see how they look throughout the day, in response to the changes of natural lighting in the kitchen. This may help to decide on a color which appeals to you, and if it happens to complement your countertops, that would be a bonus.
In terms of the material that your backsplash tiles should be made of, you should experiment a bit with metallic tiles such as oil-rubbed bronze, antique brass, and brushed stainless steel. You might even want to try small tiles of granite or marble, especially if you have countertops made from those materials. Glass tiles are also a possibility, and some of the newer glass tiles have some very appealing frosted finishes or crackle applied to them to give them an intriguing look. The point of all this is that a little bit of experimentation beforehand can help clarify your thinking immensely, and considerably narrow down the options which might work in your kitchen environment.
High Visibility Zone in the Kitchen
The backsplash area of your kitchen is a high-visibility zone, meaning the attention of any visitors will quickly be directed to the backsplash, so it’s worth your while to make a little bit more of an investment in this area. It may not be the centerpiece of your whole kitchen, but it should definitely be an area that you show off to best advantage.
Even though it’s usually no more than 2′ x 3′, it still an area where you have a chance to install some bold colors or trendy patterns. If it turns out that you don’t like what you have installed the first time, it won’t be a huge project to remove it and install something more to your liking. Of course, you should try to get it right the first time, but after it’s been installed you may find something you like better, and at that point you could do a re-install if necessary.
If it’s important that you stay on budget, it will be easy for you to avoid the most popular trends, which are also the most expensive patterns on the market at any given time. Instead, you could simply choose some classic white ceramic tiles that are very inexpensive, and which still provide good visual appeal. One thing you won’t want to skimp on however, is the grouting which attaches your tiles to the wall, because that will be important for long-term viability.
When you’re forced to stick to a budget, it will of course be a little harder to find the exact color, texture, and tile size that you’re looking for, and in that case, you may be forced to make some concessions. When this happens, simply make your concessions based on what has the most importance to you. If color is your main priority, then you might be willing to sacrifice having the perfect texture or tile size that you’re looking for. The same is true with other aspects of your possible choices for backsplash tiles.
Ease of Maintaining your Backsplash
Another point you should consider is how much maintenance would be involved in keeping your backsplash tiles clean. Depending on the material your tile is made from, it might also need to be sealed annually, so that it doesn’t absorb kitchen stains and odors. Stainless steel can be scratched by abrasives, and materials like cork or bamboo need to be sealed. Some kinds of tile need to be washed with soapy water regularly in order to keep them clean and fresh. Most natural type tiles require this kind of extra cleaning, but if you choose a ceramic tile, that is much more of a low-maintenance kind of material.
Ordering Tiles for your Backsplash
When you have found a tile which really appeals to you as a potential material for your backsplash, you will be ready to order those tiles from a local supplier. At this time, you should remember a few points so that you end up with a product you’re happy with, and which performs the way you intend it to. Remember that primary tile should always be thicker than any decorative tile which gets installed. If this isn’t the case, you will undoubtedly end up building up the wall, just to get the majority of your tiles even with the decorative portion of the wall.
Also remember that you will need a number of trim pieces, for instance corner round trim pieces. Make sure to ask your supplier which kinds of trim and decorative moldings come with your tile order, because they should all match each other in thickness and glaze. If you happen to order these in different batches, you might well encounter discrepancies in thickness and glaze, and then you would have a matching issue.
Before you place your order, make sure that the tiles you want are actually in stock, because the coronavirus pandemic has caused massive disruptions to supply chains everywhere, and it’s entirely possible that your chosen tile is not locally available. Companies are maintaining lower inventories these days, so it’s even more likely that the tile pattern you want is not readily available.