A tile backsplash is one of the first things that catches the viewer’s eye when they enter a kitchen, so it’s easy to see why a new backsplash can instantly refresh the feel of your kitchen. A tile backsplash can tie together multiple elements of the kitchen – such as the cabinetry, walls and counter-tops – together into a cohesive design. Since it’s possible to switch out a backsplash without moving cabinetry or appliances, this upgrade makes an effective weekend remodel project.
Once you’ve recorded the measurements of your available wall space, you can start looking for design inspirations. What kind of style are you trying to create in your kitchen? Keep the other elements of the kitchen in mind when selecting the tile. The right tile can bring out a new, creative aspect to your kitchen aesthetic, but be sure not to overpower the room with a design that’s too busy or distracting. The best backsplashes will work to enhance the look of your kitchen without being a visual distraction.
– Size: Backsplash tiles come in a huge variety of sizes, so don’t feel confined to the old 4 x 4-inch or 6 x 6-inch standard tile sizes of yesterday. Select larger tiles if you’d like to make a space look bigger. Or if you’d like to generate an intricate, yet cohesive design, small mosaic tiles may be perfect for your kitchen.
– Shape: Square has always been the standard shape for tile, which is why some designers are thinking outside the box (literally) and creating tiles that are rectangular, circular or other innovative shapes.
– Color: Keep in mind the color of your countertops as you are choosing a tile color. Complex and colorful backsplashes look best when paired with solid countertops, and vice versa.
– Material: Backsplashes can be constructed from ceramic, stone, glass, metal, porcelain and more. Inventively mixing different materials is sure to attract visual attention. And don’t forget to play close attention to textures.
– Direction: Changing the orientation of your tile can radically change the entire look of the backsplash. Try vertical or diagonal patterns for a modern, innovative style.
Effective lighting is the best way to highlight your new, innovative backsplash design. Installing under-cabinet lighting can illuminate and showcase the tiles. Most under-cabinet lighting uses either LED or florescent models. You may want to do some research on what type would be best for your kitchen. Not only will under-cabinet lighting make your backsplash look more beautiful, it will also provide task lighting to help with cooking or food preparation.
The best backsplash designs enhance your kitchen cabinetry and countertops while acting as a visually exciting decorative component. Pay attention to the details and don’t be afraid to try something new.
David Decker is president of The Affordable Companies, which provide affordable luxury in kitchens, bathrooms and flooring. They are based in Carmel (317-575-9540, www.the-affordablecompanies.com). Email home improvement questions to firstname.lastname@example.org