The primary purpose of a kitchen backsplash is to protect the wall from liquids, usually water. But it also serves as the decor focal point after your kitchen renovation. It defines the style of your work area, radiating your personality and reflecting the mood and feel of your cooking space.
From clean minimalist to chic vintage, there are countless design and style options to choose from. What is most important is to choose a style that makes you happy. This is what matters most after all. Do not be afraid to test out unique and even outrageous options. Remember that this is something that will be a central defining aspect to your overall theme.
Also important to remember is that your choice of backsplash has to blend in with the existing décor. You need to create a harmony from the work area, to the countertops, to the walls and even the floor. This collaboration of color and texture is essential to the function and aesthetics of your cooking space.
If choosing the right backsplash seems too difficult a task, worry not, we have some amazing inspirations for you. In this article, we have brought together amazing kitchen tile backsplash ideas to get you started.
How to Choose a Kitchen Backsplash
Choosing the right backsplash involves many decisions. First, you need to decide what types of tiles you want. Then, you still have to find a nice design that fits your needs while also creating the perfect décor for you. Here are some tips that you will find most helpful.
1. Picking the Right Tile
There are several tile materials to choose from; glass, ceramic, porcelain, marble, granite and even metal. One big factor in deciding which tile material to go for is cost. If you are on a budget, the best options include porcelain and ceramic. If you are able and willing to spend a bit more, you might want to consider more expensive options such as marble, granite, and glass.
The issue of style is not as important nowadays when choosing between various tile materials. Thanks to technology, even ceramic tiles can be designed to resemble marble or even a metal surface. This is beneficial when you want a specific look but at a cheaper price.
2. Tile Design
Tiles come in so many cuts, colors, and styles. Here are just a few examples;
- Diagonal tile – tiles come in a diagonal cut, giving your backsplash a unique look. Note that you will require more tiles than usual when tiling kitchen backsplash. Additionally, diagonal tiles tend to cost more.
- Laser cut tiles – because of their intricate designs and patterns, these tiles are cut using laser technology. Different pieces are joined like a jigsaw puzzle, resulting in an elaborately designed backsplash. Laser cut tiles tend to be quite pricey.
- Subway tiles – these are some of the most popular backsplash tiles. They are named after the tiles used in most subway stations. They create a classic and clean cut look.
Other types of tiles designs include hand painted tiles, specialty-shaped tiles, herringbone tiles and mosaic tiles. You can take a look at our project portfolio for more home remodeling inspiration.
With so many options to choose from, we recommend that you compare some before you make a decision. Start from our images of kitchen backsplashes. See what your local home store has to offer. In time, you will find a design that is perfect for your kitchen.
3. Mixing and Matching
As we mentioned before, achieving harmony is an important part of choosing your kitchen backsplash. You need to think of how your chosen tile design will go with your countertops, floor, walls and even appliances. In our article for example, you will find that kitchen backsplashes with white cabinets are quite common. A great example is from this kitchen remodel portfolio, take a look.
There are two things you can do when mixing and matching. One, you can choose a design that matches the surrounding décor. For instance, blue tiles would blend perfectly with grey cabinets. A white tiled backsplash would match up very well with black countertops and so on. Two, you could opt for a design that sharply contrasts the existing décor and acts as a standout style, stealing away most of the attention to itself. Mosaic and hand painted tiles tend to have this effect. You could also choose something like bright red tiles against a white wall and white countertops.
4. Backsplash Height
This is another important decision you need to make as it affects the overall style of your kitchen. While most homeowners opt for the standard countertop-to-cabinet height, you could decide to be more radical and go for a full height backsplash. This creates a more attention-gobbling focal point for the kitchen.
5. Installing Kitchen Backsplash
If you decide to install kitchen backsplash yourself, here are some simple tips.
- Plan your layout. This includes determining your preferred backsplash height and the total area to be covered. This will help you calculate the number of tile you will need.
- After making sure the wall is completely clean, apply thin set mortar or mastic adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Make sure to purchase a great tile saw, then measure and cut tiles. Be sure to place them carefully, making sure to hold them down to ensure they adhere. For larger or more complicated tile designs, we highly recommend you get a professional contractor.