Pansy Godefroy. Kitchen Backsplash. February 01st , 2018.
Ceramic tile backsplashes are the most common type found in homes, and with good reason. Ceramic tile is durable, cheap, easy to install and comes in an almost infinite range of styles, colors and textures. Installing a ceramic tile backsplash in your kitchen can add visual interest and style to your kitchen design while also protecting your walls from unsightly and potentially corrosive food spatter.
Once you‘ve got the square footage figured out, it‘s time to think about the style of glass tile you‘ll feature. The possibilities are just about endless, from sparkling, clear styles to frosted, colored or textured glass. One consideration that may help you decide on a style is whether or not you plan to match the existing design of your kitchen with the new glass tile backsplash or if you‘ll use the backsplash to add a new, unique visual aesthetic to the space.
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.
Now that the scope of the project is clear, it‘s time to think about the style of mosaic tile you‘ll use. You‘ll have a great deal of choices in this area, from glass and ceramic to many types of granite or stone. In general, ceramic and synthetics will be the cheapest materials; glass, stone and other natural materials will be more expensive. Ultimately, the style you choose may be defined by whether or not you plan to match the existing design of your kitchen or if you‘ll use the mosaic backsplash as a bit of a style departure. For example, an understated, contemporary kitchen could be complemented with a simple, black-and-white design—or you might choose to add color with a vibrant, multicolored mosaic. Using glass will generally create a brighter and more reflective design, whereas stone or granite may offer a more matte feel.
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