Hanrietta Meyer. Kitchen Backsplash. July 27th , 2017.
Regardless of your approach, you‘ll need to determine the amount of material you‘ll need for your easy kitchen backsplash, even before you determine the type. To do so, simply decide how much of the wall surface you want to cover with the backsplash (it‘s often anywhere from 25% to 100% of the space between the countertops and cabinets or countertops and ceiling). Once you‘ve figured out the scope of the backsplash, mark off the surface area and measure the square footage to figure out how much material you‘ll need.
Stainless steel‘s durability and design flexibility make it a great choice for just about any kitchen design, from traditional to ultra-modern. And not all stainless steel backsplash tiles have the same look—you‘ll certainly find tiles in the traditional shiny or matte stainless steel style, but there are also options for punched, rippled or otherwise distressed tiles that can add a distinctive style to your kitchen.
When you‘ve determined what material you‘ll be using, it‘s time to figure out how much you‘ll need to source for your subway tile project. Measuring the surface area you need to cover to determine the square footage will give you this figure. In general, backsplashes cover the portion of a kitchen‘s walls above the countertops which will be most at risk from cooking or cleaning spatter. However, if your subway tile vision includes a grand execution that stretches from countertops to ceiling, go forth undaunted—there are no hard and fast rules for how much backsplash is too much.
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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