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.
Additionally, stainless steel is more resistant to the corrosive effects of food spatter than most kinds of tile. This means it‘s likely to hold up well over the years, providing a great return on the initial investment. If you‘re in the planning stages of a stainless steel backsplash tile installation, your first task will be to determine how much tile material you‘ll need for the project. You can calculate this by measuring the surface area you need to cover in the kitchen—usually a portion or the entirety of the walls above your kitchen countertops. Once you‘ve determined the scope of the materials you‘ll need, you can explore the full range of stainless steel tile backsplash options at your local home improvement, hardware or tile specialty store, or you can browse the almost infinite options online for inspiration. You‘ll find that the varieties of stainless steel available for kitchen backsplashes are quite diverse in terms of color and hue, texture and reflectiveness.
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.
Tin is another common metal backsplash tile choice. Punched or hammered—or boasting ornate designs—it can add tremendous appeal and visual interest to a kitchen design. Similarly, copper and brass can liven up any kitchen with their unique hues and the added benefit of an "evolving" design; as these metals age, their surfaces will often take on distinct patterns, striations and natural designs that add great style.
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