Choosing the Right Kitchen Backsplash
Did you know that the backsplash could be considered the most important part of your kitchen design? No matter what material you choose, it’s a focal point. Backsplashes can be a fun part of the kitchen to decorate. Tile tends to be the most popular choice – for the flexibility in style, budget and application. Whether your backsplash goes up to the bottom of the upper cabinets, reaches all the way up to the ceiling or falls somewhere in between, using one of these inspiring tiles can add to your kitchen’s unique look.
- Diagonal tiles – A diagonal tile layout is not just acceptable but can be preferable in a smaller kitchen. While it may not seem possible, diagonal tiles can actually make your small kitchen look bigger. Diagonals can be an excellent strategy to make small rooms seem larger.
- Large-pattern tiles – Big, bold patterns are a great focal point for the kitchen. Large format tiles come in a wide range of colors and designs, making them suitable for a variety of design aesthetics. Large format tiles are considered to be square or rectangular tiles larger than 12×12. They are durable, easy to clean and come in a wide array of colors and designs.
- Subway tiles – One of the most beloved tile designs to date is the timeless and classic subway tile. Its brick-like appearance helps to create vintage style walls, floors and backsplashes that are extremely appealing to the eye. Subway tiles are rectangular in shape. This gives it a large surface area that can be used to protect walls and floors from water. It’s typically installed with very thin grout lines between each individual tile. And that means there’s less space than with other options where water could potentially get in. So showers along with bathroom and kitchen backsplashes are ideal spaces to use this classic choice. The thin grout lines with this tile also means there’s less space for gunk and grime to get trapped. And their substantial body size makes them easy to wipe clean with minimal effort This is one of the reasons a subway tile backsplash is a particular favorite in kitchens around the world.
- Herringbone tile – Add loads of texture to your kitchen with tile in a herringbone pattern. Many tiles in the herringbone pattern can be purchased on a mesh backing, which means you don’t have to lay out each and every individual piece. This classic pattern gets its name due to the angular design that resembles the shape and bone structure of herring fish. From the floors to the walls; it’s easy to create a gorgeous herringbone look you’ll love for years to come. When you’re ready to start your project, keep in mind that laying out a herringbone pattern takes a good amount of planning along with precise, accurate measurements.
- Specialty-shaped tiles – Don’t limit yourself to a square. Many manufactures take pride in offering unique shapes and colors. You should have no problem finding a manufacture near you to get the color and shape you need. Here are some of the specialty shapes:
- Penny round
- Fan or fish scale
- Custom mosaic tiles – If you have the budget for it, consider going with a design that is all your own. Some designs can be purchased directly from a manufacturer and others can be designed and installed by an artist who specializes in custom mosaic tile design. It all depends on the look you’re going for. Mosaic tile are an excellent choice for an eye-catching kitchen backsplash. Mosaic tiles are any combination of tile sizes, colors, shapes and/or materials, set in a sheet for easy installation.
I hope that all this information will help you choose the right backsplash for your kitchen. Have fun and good luck!