Your kitchen backsplash is more than just something to protect your wall. The backsplash you choose can make a big difference in how your kitchen looks. With so many options, how do you know what will work?
While the backsplash isn’t likely at the forefront of your kitchen plans, it can change the way the kitchen looks and help to highlight certain areas, and draw attention away from others.
5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Kitchen Backsplash
Take a look at what your options are before you decide. There are so many different materials, colors, and designs to pick from, you want to find the perfect backsplash.
1. Choose Colors
Many people feel they need to match the backsplash to the counters, the walls, the cabinets, and even their appliances. This isn’t so. Too much of one color can simply cause it all to bleed together.
Choosing something even slightly darker than the countertop can give the kitchen depth, texture, definition, and make it seem like there is more space, as the countertops will appear deeper.
Darker colors will work best if you have a lot of natural light. Lighter colors can help to make a smaller kitchen look a bit bigger. It should complement your countertops, but not match exactly.
2. Easy Maintenance
Your kitchen backsplash is there to protect your walls. It should be easy to wipe down, not porous as it will be susceptible to stains, and it needs to be heatproof, as well.
They will be getting splashed with grease, foods that may cause stains, and there will be a lot of heat. You want to be able to depend on them to be easily cleaned and not become damaged by the heat from the stove.
Because your backsplash may see a lot of splashes, choose a grout that will go well with the color you have chosen. Bright white grout won’t likely stay that way for very long.
It needs to be durable and be able to withstand being wiped down and hopefully stain resistant. You can choose a darker grout to match other items in the kitchen and it will accent the lighter tiles of the backsplash.
4. Sustainable Materials
Due to the wear and tear your backsplash will get, you want to also find something practicable and sustainable. There are plenty of reclaimed and recycled materials that can be used for the perfect kitchen backsplash.
Materials like glass, cork, clay, and brick all work well and can come in plain colors and designs, colored, dyed, mosaic, and other designs. Many tiles or slabs of backsplash can be made from sustainable and durable materials.
This will depend on your budget, but you may want to take your kitchen backsplash all the way up, just a small protective level, or up to the bottom of your cabinets.
If you have the space, you can take the backsplash right up to the ceilings, all around the sink, stove, and anywhere else you have wall space to fill. With the right color and design, it can look fantastic.
Ideally, you should get whatever you want. Find something that makes you happy, makes your kitchen look great, and a color and design that you can live with for many years.
Plain colors or tints are just as pretty as a mosaic, so make sure it’s something you are going to enjoy. If you need more information, please contact us here at Karin Ross Designs. Get a free consultation and check out some of the designs available.