Choosing The Right Backsplash For Your Kitchen

Choosing The Right Backsplash For Your Kitchen

With so many options to choose from, picking the kitchen backsplash that’s right for you can be a daunting task when remodeling your kitchen. Here are some tips to help you evaluate the many tiles that are available, on the basis of both function and style.

Why You Should Install A Kitchen Backsplash

While nowadays a kitchen backsplash is thought to be more of a design element, its original function was for protection. Kitchen backsplashes are the best way to prevent damage to your walls from water, grease, and food spills. Try getting splattered spaghetti sauce off a white painted wall, that is zero fun! They also prevent mold and mildew while making the kitchen look beautiful and unique all at the same time.

If you don’t have one already, a backsplash can make clean-up easy, add value to your kitchen and be the design element you didn’t know you needed.

1. Kitchen Backsplash Budget

When choosing a kitchen backsplash, your remodel budget is an important thing to consider. The first thing to do is to see how much space you need to cover with your backsplash. This will help you determine how much tile you’ll need to order, and the price per tile or square foot that you can pay.

A remodeling contractor can help you determine how much of your overall kitchen budget to allocate to the backsplash, and which tile is best for your budget and style. 

We’ve listed the average price of some of the most popular tile types below.

  • Glass Tile- $25 per square foot
  • Stainless Steel Tile- $35 per square foot
  • Ceramic Tile- $30 per square foot.

2. Plain or Patterned Backsplash

Kitchen Backsplashes can be the most impactful design element if done in the right way. The choice between plain and patterned tiles is greatly dependent on the rest of the materials in your kitchen and the type of style you wish to evoke. If you have a busy countertop design you may want to keep your backsplash more neutral with a plain tile. White subway tile is a popular pick for its clean look, glazed finish, and easy cleaning.

If your countertop has a plain and simple design, patterned kitchen backsplash tiles can add character and a bold look. Be sure to select a finish that you absolutely love and don’t mind looking at for a good stretch of time. That flamingo print tile you thought was so unique last month may start to drive you crazy! Consult a pro for a timeless look.

3. Shape and Orientation of Your Kitchen Backsplash

Don’t be afraid to get playful with your kitchen backsplash! Play around with different shapes and patterns to reflect geometrical elements or match flooring. Some of the top 2021 backsplash trends that we’ve seen are hexagon mosaic tiles and chevron patterning. 

You can also play around with the orientation of your backsplash tiles. Another recent trend is to position your tile vertically. This is great for small spaces as it helps to accentuate the ceiling height in your kitchen. 

4. Focal Point Creation with a Custom Designed Backsplash

Your kitchen backsplash doesn’t need to be uniform throughout. There are many opportunities to be creative with the focal points in your kitchen space. Above the stove and sink area are perfect places to try unique styles and design patterns. Use patterned tile or mix and match colors, to highlight accent areas.  

Tiling your stove hood is another huge 2021 trend where you can be different when it comes to backsplash design. While you can also do this to add seamlessness, tiling your stove hood in a different way can add a huge impact on your design.

5. Wear and Tear

The type of tile you choose can also determine how much maintenance it will require in the future. You use your kitchen more than any other space in your home so you need a backsplash that can withstand all the wear and tear. Glass, for example, isn’t super budget-friendly but won’t require much maintenance in the future. Natural Stone is a gorgeous design statement but will need to be resealed often.

Ceramic or porcelain tiles are some of the most popular options because they are inexpensive, clean easy, and require less maintenance than most.

Kitchen Backsplash Remodeling Contractor

Hiring a quality kitchen remodeling contractor now can save you tons of money in the future. They have installed kitchen backsplashes numerous times and can ensure that it is done correctly to save you money on maintenance and repairs. Kitchen remodeling contractors, especially design-build firms can also expose you to the best backsplash design, style, and materials for your remodeling budget and vision.


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