The backsplash is a small but definitely not minor part of your kitchen. In fact, replacing just the backsplash can change how your kitchen looks. Also, your choice of backsplash material speaks of your style and taste. In today’s post, the full bathroom remodeling contractors at Envy Home Services share a quick guide on how to choose a kitchen backsplash.
Countertop and Backsplash
One of the key design decisions you’ll need to make when you choose a kitchen backsplash is whether it should complement the countertop or vice-versa. The choice is simple if you’re just replacing the countertop, but this is important if you’re planning a whole kitchen remodel. You can make the most out of visual aids like photos of existing kitchens in websites, magazine cut-outs, or samples from your remodeling contractor.
Choosing Your Backsplash Material
There is a wide variety of materials that can be used to build a kitchen backsplash, with ceramic and porcelain tiles among the most popular options. Many kitchen and tub to shower remodelers have also built backsplashes made from marble, slate, or glass.
Backsplashes tend to last longer than countertops because they’re not as exposed to daily wear. This means you have to choose a backsplash material that won’t look dated in many years’ time. We’ve seen kitchens where the homeowner has resorted to “safe” materials like white subway tile. It’s not a bad choice and it’s perfectly functional, however, it also looks too “vanilla” and you’d be missing out on a beautiful kitchen if you’re taking the safe route.
Like most parts of your kitchen, the backsplash also needs periodic maintenance. Before you choose your backsplash material, ask your remodeler for each material’s maintenance requirements and compare them. Color can also be a consideration when choosing materials. For example, dark grout can cover imperfections that would be easily visible on light-colored grout. Choose your backsplash material not because it’s the easiest to maintain, but because you’re willing to commit to its maintenance requirements.
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