The kitchen backsplash is a wonderful opportunity for most homeowners to express themselves through a variety of colours, textures, patterns and materials.
Some people will choose a completely funky and out-of-the-box style as a backsplash for their kitchen renovation, while others take a simpler approach (i.e. ensuring it matches their countertops). Apart from its aesthetic value, the backsplash you choose for your kitchen needs to be highly resistant to any substance that could possibly be splashed on it.
While there are no “rules” to follow, here are a few things you should consider when choosing the best backsplash for your kitchen.
The Backsplash Height
Height is an important detail that most homeowners tend to overlook. You need to decide a specific height for your backsplash to know where it should end on the wall between the countertop and upper cabinets. You can extend the height all the way to the ceiling if you want to see more of the tile, or you can end it at the bottom of your cabinet if you only want to see a small portion of the tile.
Your Kitchen Countertops
For most people, the countertop is the focal point of their kitchen. They often select other kitchen factors based on the style, colour and design of their countertops.
Since the backsplash is always up against the countertop, it makes sense to have a particular theme and colour scheme linking the two together. The most popular combinations involve a textured, coloured countertop with matching cabinets and a neural tile color for the backsplash.
However, you can be as creative as you want in terms of colour combinations. The sky’s the limit!
When choosing a backsplash for your kitchen, the material is as important as the colour to the overall look. At this point, you may consider the numerous options available when it comes to the materials used to make the tiles. These typically include ceramic, stone tile and brick to name a few. The material you choose mostly depends on the overall look and feel that you are trying to achieve in your kitchen. For instance, if you want a more rustic look, a brick backsplash may be a good choice. On the other hand, if you prefer a contemporary style, ceramic tiles with a crisp matte glaze may appeal to you..
Colour of the Grout
Outlining kitchen tiles was once quite popular for most homeowners. Even today, most people love matching the color of the grout with the color of their backsplash tiles. Interestingly, the grout plays a very important part in the overall look of your kitchen. The right color will draw attention to the overall pattern of the tiles, and make your backsplash even more noticable.
As with all other kitchen renovation considerations, choosing the best backsplash for your kitchen also depends on your budget. Different tiles and materials have various price points. For instance, ceramic and porcelain tiles are less expensive than laser cut and stone mosaic tiles. Once you have decided on an appropriate height for your backsplash, calculating the cost according to your budget will be much easier.
If you are in need of some inspiration to to choose the right backsplash for your kitchen, you can always come to our studio to see and discuss backsplash trends with a member of our design team.