Ivonne Caillauda. Kitchen Backsplash. November 23rd , 2017.
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.
Stainless steel appliances have become common in modern kitchen designs, and with good reason—their sleek, stylish appearance works well in a wide range of kitchens, and they‘re extremely low maintenance. The same is true of stainless steel backsplash tiles—one of the great added benefits of these tiles is that they‘re extremely low maintenance and durable. Ceramic or other forms of grouted tile can require extensive scrubbing or specialty products to clean—with stainless steel tiles, homeowners can normally just wipe them clean easily with some disinfectant and a damp rag.
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.
Several styles of ceramic kitchen backsplash tile appear again and again in homes, with good reason. Subway tile is an immensely popular, classic choice that can be found in many commercial and residential kitchens. Its simple, uncomplicated style features rectangular ceramic tiles, usually in white or light colors, with light grout. While this is the most popular subway tile style, it comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and the simple, rectangular shape can be arrayed in just about any pattern—so customization is definitely possible.
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