Hanrietta Meyer. Kitchen Backsplash. July 12th , 2017.
One of the chief benefits of a ceramic tile backsplash—apart from the protective aspect—is that it can add tremendous visual appeal, color and personality to your kitchen design. Many homeowners view a ceramic tile backsplash as a great opportunity to experiment with bold designs, patterns and colors. Also on the list of ceramic tile backsplash benefits is the fact that ceramic tile is extremely easy to clean—an especially important quality in any busy kitchen. Most ceramic tile backsplashes will simply wipe clean if meal preparation has left them spattered with food and grime.
If you‘ve decided a new or updated backsplash is just what your small kitchen needs, your first step will be to identify the materials you‘ll use for your backsplash. You‘ll have myriad choices, from traditional backsplash materials like ceramic tile and glass to more high-end materials like stainless steel and granite. Your material choice will likely have everything to do with two factors: the style you‘re shooting for via your kitchen design, and your budget. For anyone attempting to install even a small kitchen backsplash while maintaining a budget, high-end materials may be cost-prohibitive. On the other hand, if the design style you‘re trying to implement absolutely needs a granite backsplash despite a limited budget, there are plenty of synthetic materials you can consider that will approximate the look of just about any natural stone or other material.
When you‘ve decided on the tile material you‘re going to use for your backsplash, as well as the style, it‘s time to source the material from your local home improvement or tile specialty store (or their respective online components), and then think about installation. You can choose to install the backsplash yourself if you‘re particularly handy, but note that metal backsplashes will require more expertise than other, more easily cut and configured materials. Alternatively, you can hire a professional contractor to install the backsplash for you.
When you‘ve determined the surface area you‘ll need to cover, it‘s time to think about the materials you‘ll use. Possibly the simplest backsplash option of all—and one of the cheapest, as well—is to use paper for your backsplash. Now, you may be thinking paper doesn‘t sound terribly durable, and imagining the disastrous results of food spatter on it—but fear not, the paper you‘ll use will rest under a protective coating of clear shellac or varnish, so that it‘ll wipe clean easily, and the paper will always be protected. In terms of the paper itself, heavy-duty card stock with interesting designs or colors, or even old maps, newspaper clippings or magazine cutouts can be repurposed to great visual effect. The paper you choose should be applied to a thin layer of plywood that can be nailed to the wall, then protected with a clear coating.
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