Macy Guillemot. Kitchen Backsplash. October 09th , 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.
Before you decide on a theme or materials for your unique kitchen backsplash, you‘ll want to define the scope of your project. Measuring the surface area of the walls above your kitchen countertops to determine the square footage is a good place to start, but keep in mind that you don‘t always have to cover the entire wall with the backsplash. Many homeowners choose to cover only the portion that will actually get "splashed" during cooking or cleaning, covering anywhere from 25% to 75% of the wall‘s surface area.
Ceramic tile is also one of the more customizable options for a kitchen backsplash. It comes in an almost endless array of styles, colors, shapes and sizes, and it can be purchased at just about any home improvement store, online or in-store. Additionally, many ceramic tile specialty retailers are available to suit any custom needs in terms of shape, color and texture. Whichever type of ceramic tile you‘re looking for, you‘re likely to find it fairly easily among the myriad options.
When it comes to the amount of mosaic tile you‘ll need, you‘ll first need to determine how much surface area will be covered by your backsplash design. Some homeowners choose to cover the whole wall above the kitchen counters with backsplash, while others decide on a reduced scope that covers only a portion—just enough to keep cooking splash off the walls, for example. Once you‘ve decided how much surface area you want to cover, you‘ll simply need to mark off the area and measure the square footage to determine the amount of tile you‘ll need.
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