When it comes time to upgrade your kitchen, you might want to consider putting in some work on your backsplash. It may seem like a simple enough task, but choosing the right kind of tile for your backsplash can be a complicated affair. There are a number of factors one should consider that will ultimately affect the overall design of the kitchen. Here is a short list of tips you should always consider when choosing the right tile backsplash for you and your kitchen.
How Much Can You Spend?
The first thing you need to take into account is your budget for the project. You probably don’t want to spend a lot of money—certainly not more than you spent on something like your stove or refrigerator, so there are a few things to think about when it comes to budgeting your design and materials. The use of specialty shapes, tiles with intricate glazes, glass pieces, or metal accents as well as custom colors tend to be on the more expensive side. Before you head off to the store to pick out your dream tile, set a budget for yourself. You need to walk into the store with an open mind as to what will work within that budget, or you might blow all your cash on something you may come to regret.
What Materials Will Compliment Your Kitchen’s Style?
The next thing you need to consider is what sort of material you plan on using. There are probably more options to choose from that the average home improvement enthusiast has in mind so read up on the different types of products available to you.
Finding the tile that works best for you should be based partly on your preference and style. Some materials like copper may look nice, but will it work in your kitchen? The same is true for glass tiles and other choices. Decide before you commit and you will find that you enjoy your backsplash all the more.
How Are You Choosing your Color Scheme?
While color may normally be the first decision you make, there is a lot that goes into finalizing that choice. You probably already have a color or set of colors in mind. Color choice has everything to do with the other colors and materials being used in your kitchen. Your flooring also has a say in what colors will work best. Compare colors of the cabinets, countertops, and flooring. It may seem like something small, but a well-designed backsplash can tie your whole kitchen together in the same way an accent rug completes a room.
What Will Be the Design Pattern?
Some people may think that they just need to place some evenly-placed tiles in nice rows and be done with it. While this is certainly an option many people choose, you aren’t limited to simple, square tiles. You can design your backsplash any way that you choose so you can pick any shape and pattern you like, but don’t forget to include in the color of the other countertops in your home. The last thing you want is a backsplash that doesn’t fit in with the rest of your house!
How Will Placement Affect Its Functionality?
The last aspect of placing your backsplash tile you need to consider is the height. You might be replacing some older tile that extended just as high as your countertops, but you have the option to do much more with your design. If you have an open shelving design, you can extend to the bottom of the lowest shelf or continue the backsplash as high as you want. If your kitchen doesn’t have cabinets over your sink or stove, you don’t have to throw just a few rows of tiles up and be done with it; you can extend them all the way to the ceiling in a unique and bold look your friends and family are sure to notice.
Putting up a new backsplash or remodeling a preexisting one is a significant step in bringing out your kitchen’s style. There are certainly some things to consider when choosing design, color, shape, pattern, and height, but if you follow these simple tips, you will be able to create a backsplash that fits with not only your kitchen but the overall design of your home.