Looking to update your kitchen without spending a lot of money? Why not make a splash with a new backsplash? Most kitchen features cost a lot of money to renovate (for example: cabinets, appliances, countertops), but a tile backsplash can be purchased for a small sum and installed by a nonprofessional (that means you!). If you’re interested, be sure to check out the tile backsplash tips and tricks we’ve compiled below. As you begin the process of shopping for and installing your tiles, these tips will help you avoid amateur mistakes and create a beautiful new backsplash.
Tile Backsplash Tips and Tricks
1. Choose your patterns wisely. A bright, colorful, or patterned backsplash can be a beautiful addition to an otherwise standard kitchen, but be sure that it won’t clash with your countertop. If your countertop has a strong pattern, look for a more solid backsplash; and if your countertop is solid, consider purchasing a backsplash with a bold design or pops of color.
2. Give the tiles a test run before you purchase and install them. If you’re struggling to make a decision, bring some tiles home and give them a test run. Tape them against your wall and live with them for a week, noting how the color changes with the light and how the pattern works with the kitchen’s overall design. This should make it easier to pick your favorite.
3. Stretch the backsplash around the room. If you have the money and it makes sense with your kitchen’s design, try installing a backsplash that borders the entire room. The continuity will make the room feel more “complete” and can visually enlarge the space.
4. Consider tilting the design. Vertical and horizontal designs are run-of-the-mill for backsplashes, so if you want something a little different, try tilting the design onto a diagonal. This will liven up an otherwise basic pattern and can make the backsplash appear more luxe and expensive.
5. Create a focal point. Contrary to popular belief, your backsplash doesn’t need to be made of tiles of all one color or pattern. If you find some beautiful tiles that are a bit out of your price range, consider splurging on just a few and using them as a focal piece. Or, purchase a few tiles in a contrasting color to your main tile choice. For your focal points, focus on cooking areas, like around your stovetop.
6. Hold up the tiles first. Before you install your backsplash, hold the tiles up to the wall as you would hold a shirt up to your chest before buying it. Are you left with an awkward sliver of space at the top or the bottom of the backsplash? If so, consider using a half-tile at the bottom so that a quarter-tile will fit at the top.
The space between your countertop and cabinets is usually ignored, but with a little money, work, and creativity, you can really bring this space to life. Good luck!
If you’re planning to build a new home or renovate your old home and you live in southwest Missouri, give the Bailey Company a call. We’re a premium construction company based in Springfield, Missouri, and we’d be happy to tackle any home project you throw at us. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.
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