What to Remember When Choosing A Tile Backsplash

Comment by The AQK Team on December 17, 2016

What to Remember When Choosing A Tile Backsplash

When redesigning your kitchen, a small but crucial detail is the tile backsplash —a vertical extension of the countertop, usually behind the sink and stovetop.

Backsplashes serve a practical purpose, protecting your wall from splashes of oil, water, and other cooking related projectiles.

But it’s also an opportunity to make a major design statement. A tile backsplash can add a fun focal point that is either a statement piece or brings together the colors in your floor, wall, cabinets, and countertop.

It’s an opportunity to be creative, so have fun with it! Here are a few things to consider when choosing a tile backsplash for your kitchen.

 

Budget For Your Tile Backsplash

Considering your budget is unavoidable. But you don’t have to be restricted because of it!

Go Classic

If you want to make sure your tile doesn’t go out of style anytime soon (so you don’t have to do this process all over again in 5 years) then go with a classic tile. White ceramic is versatile, and if you go with subway tiles, that can add flair but still be timeless.

white subway tile backsplash

Make a Statement

If you still want to make a statement on a budget, opt for a design with hand-painted tiles, such as a border or a center inlay. That way you still get an interesting focal point but the backsplash is primarily white tiles, cutting down on cost. You can use a more expensive tile as a border, creating an interesting pattern and cutting costs at the same time!

bright tile backsplash 

Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the grout. Use a high-quality product, or you’re going to get more headaches than anything else.

 

Play With Pattern

Your backsplash doesn’t have to be a boring, simple grid.

 

Tile Shapes

Think about the shape and pattern of the tiles you choose, and how they will fit in your kitchen’s design scheme.

 

There are many more shapes of tiles out there beyond squares and rectangles.

unusually shaped tile backsplash

Specialty shapes like arabesque tiles can be a gorgeous addition to your kitchen. They can complement the design aesthetic of not only your kitchen, but your entire house!

 

Tile Patterns

How you pattern your tiles also matters! You can use square tiles to create a diamond pattern and play with grout size to make a creative backsplash.

 

Caption: your patterns can even be abstract, Like this modern and gorgeous tile backsplash.

Material Matters

There are lots of different materials of tiles that you can get: ceramic, granite, marble, even glass! Don’t be afraid to mix and match materials to give the backsplash an interesting, unique look.

Caption: This glass tile is a unique and beautiful centerpiece to this kitchen.

 

The right material choice depends on personal taste and your house’s design. So get creative! Don’t feel like you’re restricted to ceramic.

 

Durability

If you use your kitchen a lot, your backsplash is something that takes a lot of wear and tear. If you’re a take-out devotee, that’s not something you need to worry about as much. You need to make sure you get a material that can withstand your lifestyle!

 

Different types of tile can be easier or more difficult to clean, and some need to be sealed, while some (like ceramic) don’t.

 

There’s no right or wrong here, just make sure that the material and maintenance works for your lifestyle!

Visualize Your New Kitchen with Our 3-D Visualizer

Can’t quite picture how your new kitchen is going to look with your countertop, cabinets, and backsplash? Use our state of the art 3-D Kitchen visualizer! Check it out here.

 

And if you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call at 508-823-3630!

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