It doesn’t matter if you are designing your kitchen from the ground up or you just want to update the old design, picking a backsplash can be a fun, but truly overwhelming task to do. There are a few things you should be taking into consideration before you lay a single tile. Below we will be going over these factors.
HOW MANY TILES DO YOU NEED?
When you plan on the tiles you need to plan on how much you are going to need. There are calculators online that will help you figure this out but remember it’s better to have too much than too little. If you need more or you crack a tile you want to be able to have that tile on hand and not have to go back to the shop to find it. What if it’s no longer in production? Then you are really in trouble!
DECIDING ON THE STYLE
The next thing your plan needs to include is the actual style of your kitchen. Whether it is modern, traditional or art deco or a theme like coastal, Mediterranean or Grecian, this will be a huge factor when it comes to picking out not only colours for your tiles, but also materials. For example, in a traditional kitchen, you would almost never ever see stainless steel. On the other hand, in a modern kitchen you would almost never see marble. Definitely something to sit down and think about before you head to the store and start buying up tiles.
The next thing you need to think about it the maintenance factor. Not only cleaning it in terms of daily use, but what will you need to do to upkeep that specific material every year? Wood, for instance, can be hard to clean – which is why you need a sealer over top of it. On the other hand, stone is hard to keep clean, but if you add a sealer once a year it can make the cleaning a lot easier. If you want something you hardly ever have to upkeep, buy a material that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep and vice versa.
THE BIGGER PICTURE
Doing a backsplash that is super fancy and bright in coloUrs seems great at the time, but what are you going to do once you start adding in different materials and colours for countertops, cabinets, and flooring? Instead of going crazy with colour, consider the other materials you want in your kitchen and try to stick with those materials or at least something close. For example, if you are going to have a lot of wood and granite in your kitchen – wood cabinets, wood floors, and granite tops, etc. Why not consider a wood or granite backsplash? It ties everything together and nothing is going to clash.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Most people when renovating their kitchen and adding backsplashes go super traditional and only go 4 inches up the wall. You can go further up the wall! You can go all the way up to the bottom of the cabinets, you can even backsplash the entire wall from top to bottom if you really want to. Actually, this whole backsplash wall thing is kind of trendy right now to be honest. Instead of doing the same old try to be a little less traditional and try something different with your backsplash and if you are not sure how it’s going to look? That’s okay. There are also design programs online that will allow you to take a snap shot of your kitchen or take a kitchen that is very similar to yours structurally and design-wise and “decorate” the room. Not only can you add tables and chairs and appliances that you will have on your space but you can paint the walls different colours, try different flooring materials and yes, different backsplash materials, colours and designs! So it makes the design process a lot easier and straight forward.