The kitchen backsplash can quickly turn into a personality piece. Neutral, loud or bright and bold: what is your style? The tiles that you choose to spruce up the wall space in your kitchen between the countertops and cabinets, should showcase the color scheme and overall theme of your kitchen. Ultimately, the backsplash serves as a focal point and a great opportunity to get creative.
Usually the backsplash is one of the last components to change/pick out when designing a kitchen. Since there are so many different options, consider these points before making your final selection.
- Colors or neutral: it really comes down to the other materials and colors being used in your kitchen and how the backsplash will pair with them. This is the first thing to take into consideration as it sets the stage before you go on your search.
- Match colors and mix materials: if you’re having a tough time deciding between a few different tiles, live with them for a while. Tape colors and tile samples on the walls to see what they look like in different light throughout the day, at different angles, as the natural light changes. Choose one main color and a few accent colors to carry throughout the kitchen (this includes the backsplash!). Mixing metal tiles is very trendy right now. Mixing different shades and various textures and even mixing it in with small tiles of granite or marble is a great way to tie in your countertops without adding another color or being boring.
- Backsplash height: this is often a design detail that homeowners overlook. It has to end somewhere, but where it ends is entirely up to you. Although cabinetry can often be the deciding factor, ceiling height allows the feel of a spacious kitchen without adding any square feet. Obviously this can only be done in areas where there are no cabinets, such as over the sink or stove. If you just want a hint of tile, only bring the backsplash up to the bottom of your cabinet or the first shelf of an open shelving design.
- Shape and pattern: are you more into classic shapes or something a little different and fun? Think about if you want your kitchen to remain timeless – then you should stick with a classic subway tile or straight set pattern. Specialty shapes can be just as timeless though, when done right and remain a more neutral color. You want to keep in mind whether the tile shapes will have an impact on your overall design.
- Budget – it is always one of the most important items to consider when doing any kind of home project or upgrade. If you have a tight budget, you will want to make sure you steer towards the standard field sizes as they will most likely cost less. Keep in mind that speciality shapes and intricate patterns and designs will cost more, custom colors driving up the price even more (especially if you intend to cover walls to the ceiling).